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Confusing City Name

South San Francisco is a city in San Mateo County in Northern California. The city is not part of the similarly named nearby city of San Francisco in San Francisco County. To put both cities in geographical perspective, upon leaving San Francisco International Airport and driving north, travelers will pass through San Bruno, South San Francisco, and Brisbane before arriving in San Francisco.



Complimentary Cooked-to-Order Breakfast

Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport – South San Francisco, three miles north of San Francisco International Airport (SFO), provides many guest services and amenities. The hotel offers complimentary airport transportation, appreciated by their guests. Also welcome is a free cooked-to-order breakfast, a change from the breakfast buffet offered at many properties. Other hotel amenities and services include limousine or town car service, fitness center, indoor swimming pool, spa tub, and self-parking (a surcharge applies).



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Restaurants in South San Francisco

Trip Advisor’s Best Restaurants in South San Francisco, CA provides visitors thinking about lunch and dinner with a comprehensive list of restaurant choices.



South San Francisco Historical Society Walking Tours

The South San Francisco Historical Society identified 50 sites in the city that are of historical interest. Divided into two tours, the sites are on routes that can either be walked or driven. A marker at each place provides background information about the site, explaining its importance in the growth of the city. One of the buildings on Walking Tour #1 is the neoclassical revival-style Carnegie Library, built between 1914 and 1916 with a grant provided by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.



Sign Hill Park

In 1929, South San Francisco city leaders attempted to have heavy industry move to the city. They erected a sign with concrete letters 60 feet tall reading “South San Francisco” and “The Industrial City” on a hill above the city in the area now called Sign Hill Park.



Public Art in South San Francisco

South San Francisco’s Cultural Arts Commission established a Public Art Program in the city, purchasing artwork by local artists to display in public places within the city. A 10-foot-tall steel sculpture of a dog with a chew bone, created by artist Dale Rogers in 2009, stands in the city’s first canine recreational area, Centennial Way Dog Park.



Oyster Point Marina and Park — New Recreational Facility

Oyster Point Marina and Park, a new recreational facility in South San Francisco, provides amenities for boating enthusiasts, people who like to fish from a pier, people who enjoy going to a beach, and those who get their exercise by jogging or hiking. There is a 455-berth marina, a boat launching ramp, a fuel dock, and a 300-foot fishing pier. The 33-acre park includes a 2.5-acre sand beach, picnic facilities, and a jogging/hiking trail.



Share Your South San Francisco Anecdotes

Have you visited South San Francisco? What time of year did you visit? What sites did you enjoy the most? Where did you stay? Do you have a recommendation for someone looking for cheap South San Francisco hotels? If you went to the new Oyster Point Marina and Park, what did you like best about it?



Author Bio: Daisy Mariposa is a freelance travel writer who has worked with clients such as Hipmunk. She has Occupational Certificates in both Travel Management and International Business and has worked as a travel agent. Daisy has traveled to half the states in the United States and more than 33 countries, island nations, and island dependencies. She has certifications as both a Specialty Travel Writer and Travel Copy Writer from one organization and Industry Elite status in Travel from another.