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What to Know About Renting a Boat in San Francisco

San Francisco boat rentals offer a wide range of options from chartering a boat with a captain to renting one and take the helm. Chartering a boat in this part of California enables you to kick back and enjoy the cruise, without having to worry about driving or all the other little details. Charter anything from a small powerboat to cruise around or a luxury catamaran for the perfect day of sailing. 

Chartering a boat for a day is a very relaxing way to stay close to the waters. Sunset and dinner cruises are also available for a more romantic experience. Rent a motor yacht or a sailboat for a luxurious day of exploring around San Francisco. Cruising beneath the Golden Gate Bridge or taking a ferry that departs from the Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street are experiences you'll never forget.

If you're the type of traveler who enjoys getting exercise during your travels, check out our offerings for kayak rentals and standup paddleboard rentals and lessons in San Francisco. You can embark on a memorable tour with a guide, or rent equipment on your own for a few hours of exploring, It's a fantastic upper body workout, the perfect option for sporty travelers and fitness fanatics. 

You can rent watercrafts as small as a kayak to huge power and sailboats on the Bay. If you love fishing, go for a half-day or full-day fishing trip. Depending upon the season your catch might include rockfish, salmon, halibut, albacore, or sanddabs. Book a full-service fishing charter in San Francisco with GetMyBoat for the perfect day of reeling and relaxing on a boat. 

For adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies, consider booking a water sports experience or rental while in San Francisco. Try a kiteboarding lesson or book a jet ski to fly through the waves at high speed! 

A wonderful experience to have in San Francisco that you're sure to never forget is a whale watching tour. Climb aboard a passenger boat in the Bay and cruise out where you can see gray whales swimming in their natural habitat. It's something that you and your travel companions will never forget. 

Boating Locations in San Francisco

The predictable winds and the iconic sights that dot the city of San Francisco often make it a favorite destination for boaters. Although San Francisco has countless ways to keep you busy, spending a day on the Bay is not something you should miss.

Not sure where to spend your time on the bay? Boat rentals in San Francisco are perfect vessels to spend on the water. Sausalito, Foster City, San Jose, Emeryville, Tiburon, Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, and San Mateo are also some of the recommended places to spend time on the water.

Boating Events in San Francisco 

 A few epic boating events that take place in San Francisco include the Lighted Boat Parade by Fisherman's Wharf, the Master Mariner's Regatta where gorgeous wooden boats sail the harbor in friendly competition, and the Rolex Big Boat Series sailing competition from the San Francisco Yacht Club.  

Marinas in San Francisco

A few of the most notable marinas in San Francisco include The San Francisco Marina Yacht Harbor, the Marina at Pier 39, and Gashouse Cove Marina. These marinas are all in iconic locations around the city on the water. One of the best free things you can do on a visit to San Francisco is to take a walk by the marinas and admire the boats cruising in and out of the harbor and around the bay. Watch the sunset here for an unforgettable view. 

About San Francisco, California

A hilly landscape, classic Victorian houses, and the perfect mild climate is the backdrop for you to explore the beautiful city of San Francisco. Since the city is on a peninsula and is surrounded by water on three sides, the Bay Area promises a lot of exciting opportunities for boating enthusiasts. Whether you have your boat or are renting or chartering, San Francisco’s waters will never disappoint you.

The best time of year to visit San Francisco is during the autumn months of September and October. The peak summer months are beautiful but can be more expensive, and the winters in San Francisco are usually dreary with lots of rain and gray skies. 

San Francisco is easy to get to by flight to its international airport, by Greyhound bus or driving in on major highways. 

Using GetMyBoat to Rent Your Next Boat

Experiencing the water has never been easier thanks to GetMyBoat. GetMyBoat allows you to search quickly, compare prices, submit boat hire inquiries, and pay for your rental or charter from the convenience of your phone or computer. We offer a secure platform for renters to facilitate a seamless hire/charter transaction. For boat owners, we connect millions of customers to their boat and provide the security and safety checks on each hire/charter transaction.

Search for the perfect experience now and book your dream day out on the water.

San Francisco Boat Rental FAQs

How much does it cost to rent a boat in San Francisco?

Boat rentals in San Francisco start at $150/hour for a modest sailboat or small powerboat rental. Prices can go up to well over $4,000 for private luxury yacht charters in San Francisco.

What can you see on a boat tour in San Francisco?

On a boat tour in San Francisco you can check out all the highlights like:

  • Alcatraz Island
  • The Golden Gate Bridge
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Angel Island
  • Fisherman’s Wharf

GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in San Francisco.

  1. DP
    David
    42 Sailing Monohull Tours in Sausalito

    What a wonderful day on the Bay! Rick was friendly, welcoming and educational, he rekindled my love for the wind on the water. His yacht is modern, stable and sleek in the water, he keeps it in great condition too. The Marina location is great too for a loop around San Francisco Bay.

  2. MC
    Michelle
    Sail San Francisco Bay On Yacht with Captain Pam

    This trip was sublime. Our party of 9 enjoyed a 2 hour sail from Sausalito through the Golden Gate to Kirby Cove and a sweep by SF's north shore and Alcatraz. The crew of 2 was professional and cordial - outstanding adherence to COVID safety standards. Pricing was in line with other options, and we are happy we went with Captain Pam. Glory Days was a luxury experience. Most highly recommend!

  3. MQ
    Martin
    Excellent social distancing yacht - Sailing on a 33' Seawind Cruising Catamaran In Richmond, California

    My wife and I rented a few beautiful hours on the Bay with Jan and Hokahey for our anniversary. We had a wonderful time that really allowed us to unwind and just enjoy the day. Jan was a wonderful host, just the perfect amount of friendly/chatty and respectful of our precious time together without our children. That said, I got the sense that this is what Jan is very good at: Sensing the needs of his guests and adapting to them! The boat itself was great and we enjoyed hanging out in many different spots throughout our trip. It was only us 2 but multiple times we discussed coming back with more people, maybe 8-10, to get a different experience with someone we now trust. The marina was easy to get to and great for parking (we were there during the week). We would highly recommend booking with Jan and Hokahey for an amazing day on on the Bay! You won't regret it! Martin & Georgianna

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    Jim
    42 Sailing Monohull Tours in Sausalito

    Rick was amazing - on time, professional, and accommodating. He has great communication skills, providing just enough pre-sailing information to make those compulsive feel reassured but not so much to make for a mutiny. Oh, and he’s fun, very, very fun. I highly recommend booking with him. We had a blast.

  5. EE
    Elizabeth
    44ft Yacht charter in Sausalito

    Booking with Tim was a great decision that exceeded our expectations. He's knowledgeable about points of interest within the Bay and picked an excellent route for our 3 hour trip. The boat itself is clean, organized and well stocked with everything you need including great snacks, a portable music player and various beverages. I highly recommend booking with Tim. We will be back!

  6. AT
    Anurag
    44ft Yacht charter in Sausalito

    Hands down the best possible private charter option in the Bay area; it doesn't get better than this! The Captain genuinely wants you to have a great time on board. Our group of 5 cruised with Captain Timothy on my birthday, the yacht has so much to offer, & the Captain truly opens it up for his guests! He's a great host and loves to surprise - he even set up a Happy Birthday sign when he found out the occasion of our charter! Highly recommended if you're looking for a great experience on the water!