San Francisco East Bay Vacations

Though less glam and generally more working class than San Francisco, the East Bay is culturally and historically rich, and is more diverse, affordable and edgy than its glitzy sister across the Bay. The term East Bay typically refers to everything in Contra Costa and Alameda counties, from gutsy Richmond to tony Walnut Creek, hippie Berkeley to ... Read more
suburban Pleasanton. Tourists tend to congregate at lovely Jack London Square in Oakland or meander through often cannabis-hazed downtown Berkeley, but those who take a longer look around will be rewarded: the region is riven with beautiful parks, studded with music and theater venues, and generally blessed with an exciting arts scene and a low-key fun-loving culture .

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San Francisco East Bay


The San Francisco East Bay covers a lot of ground, from the buzzing cities of Berkeley and Oakland to the vineyards of Livermore. As much as the scenery changes, so too does the weather. On the coast, the ... Read more
weather is mild year round, with daytime highs ranging from the 50s (10-15C) in the winter to the 70s (21-26C) in the summer. Inland, winters are mild but the summers can get very hot, often topping 90F (32C). Like all of the Bay Area, rain is extremely rare during the summer, but you should bring a jacket no matter when you travel -- nights in Northern California are cool year-round.

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West Covina

Great area of the bay. There are a lot of good food places in the berkeley area!

Austin, Texas

The East Bay has so much to offer just across the bay from San Francisco. I enjoy visiting Berkeley, Jack London Square in Oakland, the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, and so much more.

San Francisco, California, USA

San Francisco East Bay has everything from a student-based art and music lover culture over in Berkeley to an outdoor lovers paradise in the Point Isabele Dog Park. It's hard to compare any area to San Francisco, but the East Bay does a great job of holding its own.

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Local from Berkeley, California

lived there for 6 months, perfect for families w/ kids. Perfect weather, nice food, theaters, culture ... just loved it!

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Stayed in the East Bay near the boarder between Oakland and Berkeley for my first trip to the Bay Area because it was more afforable. With the BART it is super easy to get around!

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Los Angeles, California, USA

So you wanna be a bit different and check out the east bay eh? Well I have lived in the SFEB for about 6 and a half years. Some of the absolute best and worst times were had here. However there is a lot to this place.

Some of the best restaurants and things to do I have discovered reside in the SF EB. They have everything from the Bay Areas best Zoo, to UC Berkeley, the Oakland Coliseum (A’s and Raiduhs), the adjoining arena (Golden State Warrriors). The Fairgrounds are always an entertaining place to go.

BART runs through most of the E-Bay and definitely helps folks move around the most industrial part of the bay. There are multiple refineries and some of the safest and most dangerous parts of California here. The EBay stretches from Fremont to Pinole and out to Livermore/Pittsburg.

The major freeways help, but don’t have the capacity for all the traffic that they get. They are the 580, 880, 680, 238, 24, and the 80. However there is only one major airport, Oakland International, which could use a facelift.

So check it out sometime, they have some interesting stuff to do here, let alone places to eat, things to see, and crazy whack people to kill… jk or am I???

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Local from Berkeley, California, USA

The East Bay often does not get enough love. But perhaps it is better that SF dwellers are in the dark about how much the East Bay has to offer, since the area still maintains an aura of newly discovered ground. Oakland, especially, has been growing like crazy with cool stuff to do with boutiques, art galleries and pop-ups appearing almost every day.

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West Los Angeles, California, USA

I'm still exploring and getting to know San Francisco East Bay (Oakland), but it doesn't deserve the bad reputation it has traditionally gotten. Quite the contrary, Oakland's burgeoning arts district is turning the city into an "up and coming" area (a phrase that is all too familiar in LA)!

Local from Oakland

The East Bay has so much to offer. If you are in Oakland, Oakland is only about 15 minutes away from San Francisco via car or BART if you leave from the downtown area with no traffic.

If you are considering moving out here, everything is cheaper on the East Bay compared to San Francisco for the most part.

Oakland specifically is super diverse and is a great place to live and work and socialize.

I love Oakland!

Los Angeles, California, USA

How can I encompass the East Bay in a few words. You have your bay cities of Alameda, Oakland, Emeryvill, and Berkeley. Then you have your inland cities like Danville and Walnut Creek. Still the weather is clearer on this side of the bay than the city.