Archive for January, 2009

San Francisco: Where the Adventure Never Ends

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Only in San Francisco, you will find cable cars and crooked streets. Only in San Francisco you will find distinctive neighborhoods with charming personalities; a historical bridge and an incredible bay. Only this California destination holds so much magic in its streets. So get ready to explore, discover and simply have lots of fun. Visiting San Francisco is a never-ending adventure.

The appeal of this city rests on its numerous things to do and places to visit; which cater to everyone in the planet. If you are visiting with a special someone, romantic San Francisco offers a great restaurant selection with incredible menus and views beyond words. Kids will love a visit to the Exploratorium with its more than 600 science, nature, art and technology exhibits; or taking a Fire Engine Tour were festive guides will pass out fire hats, jackets and scarves to make the experience as real as possible; and families will simply enjoy touring around this beautiful place. One thing is certain; you will never get bored while in San Francisco!

San Francisco Transportation: The Fun Way to Get Around!

Transportation is one of those things that make San Francisco so unique. Unlike many other cities in the world, where getting around is always a hassle, exploring San Francisco on public transportation is actually very exciting. You can start by booking a first-class limo to take you from the airport to your San Francisco vacation rental. Limousines here are very popular and affordable; and for a rate similar to that of a taxicab you will get top quality service that will make you feel just like a celebrity.

When it is time to get to know the city a good idea is to take San Francisco’s famous cable car; an activity that both adults and kids will enjoy. San Francisco’s cable car system is the world’s last permanently operational and manually operated cable car system and it is also an icon of the city.

If you want to do some around the bay sightseeing the best option is a ferry. There are many ferry tours that take visitors along the city’s waterfront, past the Pier 39 sea lions, under the Golden Gate Bridge, by Sausalito, past Angel Island and around Alcatraz among many other places. Tour times are usually an hour although times may vary.

Regardless of the transportation method you choose to use, getting around San Francisco will always be an exciting adventure.

San Francisco Attractions: The Ones You Can’t Miss

When it comes to things to do San Francisco offers a wide range of alternatives and sometimes it is hard to choose what to do and where to start Considering that must people visit San Francisco with limited time, here is a list of those attractions that you simply can’t miss!

Fisherman’s Warf, Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39

No visit to San Francisco would be complete without visiting this area. These half a dozen blocks along the waterfront constitute San Francisco’s stereotype and are the most popular attractions in the city.

The Fisherman’s Warf, once home to a fleet of over 400 boats, is the perfect place to eat sidewalk seafood and get souvenirs of all kinds. Around the Fisherman’s Warf you will find such attractions as the Wax Museum and Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

The Pier 39 is another great option to get souvenirs. Visitors love this place due to its numerous souvenir shops and restaurants. There is also a marina next door where you can enjoy the view of the Sea Lions if they are home.

Home to a retail outlet and sweet shop of the famous Ghirardelli chocolates, the Ghirardelli square, another icon of the city, is ideal for dinning and shopping. If you are lucky you may also witness special events such as the Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival which is held in September.

Other Area Points of Interest
Maritime Museum
Cable Car Turnarround
Aquatic Park

The Golden Gate Bridge

A marvel of engineering, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most visited attractions of the city. The best way to really appreciate it is by walking on it. At mid-span you will be 220 feet above the water’s surface and all ships will look like little toys. There are also a number of guided tours available, but most of the times they only allow a few minutes to get out at the south vista point.

Chinatown: A Unique Opportunity

San Francisco’s Chinatown is one of the most famous Chinatowns of the world. It is the largest Chinese community in the west-coast and the second largest in the United States after New York. It is the perfect opportunity to learn about Chinese culture and eat some delicious Chinese food.

Union Square, Lombard Street and Coit Tower

Three of the other must see attractions of San Francisco are the Union Square, one of the city’s three original parks; the Lombard street the famous crookedest street of San Francisco and the Coit tower; which offers panoramic views of the city from the top of Telegraph Hill. Certainly symbols of the city that no tourist should leave unseen.

San Francisco Restaurants: Our Picks
Park Chow
Chevy’s
Mel’s Dinner

Clickhere to see a list of Vacation Rentals in San Francisco

Traveling During the Economic Crisis

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Traveling during these times of economic hardship may seem like a crazy idea to many; but smart travelers know that it may be an opportunity for fun traveling. After all, regardless of the situation a vacation is always important to charge our batteries and believe it or not budget traveling may result quite an adventure!

Transportation: The Expensive Part of Traveling

We all know that one of the most expensive parts of traveling is almost always transportation. Airport taxes and fuel and security taxes only add to the cost, making air traveling very pricey. However, there are different websites on the internet that can help you find that rate you are looking for. Kayak.com and bookingbudy.com are two excellent alternatives. These two websites are very easy to use and help you find quickly an affordable alternative. You may have to travel at night or during the week but prices are worth it.

Lodging: Hotels vs Vacation Rentals

I am doing this blog for Rentalo so of course my option when it comes to lodging is vacation rentals. And yes I am a little biased, I truly consider vacation rentals a good alternative for families, but is up to you to prove it. Besides lower night rates, vacation rentals also offer the comfort of having a fully equipped kitchen where to cook. Instead of spending lots of money eating out you can cook at the comfort of your own vacation rental, saving money in food as well.

Dinning: Locals Know Better

If you don’t want to spend time in the kitchen, there are also other ways to save in dinning. A rule of thumb is going with the locals. Street stalls with a lot of people are almost always good and cheap. When it comes to restaurants try to stay away from main streets and give a chance to smaller side street restaurants Another alternative is to have big lunches and small dinners. Many restaurants have specials during lunch time, so in order to save you can enjoy a nice restaurant lunch at a lower price and later have a grocery store type of dinner instead.

Destinations: Don’t go to Paris, Go to Buenos Aires

Another good way of saving when traveling is to visit less touristic places. There are a lot of destinations that offer incredible entertainment opportunities and are not as expensive and crowded as the more popular ones. Try searching for a destination that offers a good exchange rate; Latin American destinations are a good example. Most of the times these destinations result more interesting than what one thinks. If you want to travel in North America then apply a similar concept, don’t stay in San Diego, stay in Oceanside instead.

The most important thing when trying to lower travel costs is to spend a good amount of time researching before leaving. Good planning will always make a difference in your overall travel experience and hopefully in your pocket!