I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, but after reading Kelly’s Lincoln Park Guide, I was super inspired and felt motivated to just get writing! I love living in Tiburon, and although I may be biased because I live here, I feel like it’s a great little town.
Tiburon is located in Marin country, which is across the Golden Gate Bridge and a 15 minute drive from San Francisco. It’s near Belvedere, which we share things like our library with, and not far from Mill Valley, Corte Madera, and San Rafael. Also, Tiburon in Spanish means shark.
I’ve probably mentioned that the schools are great here, as are the restaurants, parks, and most importantly: the people! I love living here, and so without more rambling, here are the best bits of Tiburon!
Where to Stay:
Our guests don’t stay at hotels because we have a downstairs room that’s connected (via outside) to our house. But a few times people have stayed at hotels, and they’ve been really nice! They’re aren’t very many, but what’s here is pretty great.
The Tiburon Tavern
This is a very modern hotel, and it is right in the center of downtown and has the best location. It’s a really fun place to stay. There’s a restaurant inside with good food, a pool, and I’ve heard the rooms are very nice. Most visitors stay here because of its location and overall popularity.
Waters Edge Hotel
A simpler, less flashy hotel (compared to the Tavern) in a very similar location. It’s for those who aren’t into the flashiness of the Tavern, but totally love the location. It also happens to have an amazing water view from most rooms. It’s very close to downtown as well, and is more tucked away from the street, as the Tavern is on a main road while the Waters Edge Hotel is on Main Street, which not many people drive on.
Where to Dine:
This is classic Italian food, and it’s so deliciousI ate here on my birthday one year. It’s downtown near Belvedere island. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very cozy and it’s tucked under another store on Ark Row (see the shopping section), so it feels super welcoming when you walk in.
Lola’s is a small, mostly outside Mexican restaurant that is adorably casual. It’s the order-at-the-counter type, and the food is very tasty. It’s kinda pricey, but I think it’s worth it because it’s that good. It’s also on Ark Row (as are many things in this guide), and like many Ark Row stores, it’s small and cozy.
Our family friends used to own this, haha, but it’s seriously delicious pizza. It’s very nautical inspired, and the food there is really good. Not only do they have good pizza, but they also have goodIt’s very well known, and it’s right in the middle of Main Street. It can get pretty crowded on a Friday night, so keep that in mind when planning your meals.
The food here is heavenly. I know it’s a chain so these are everywhere, but I felt like it should be included because it’s just so good! There’s also a little store that sells items boxed, and the whole courtyard behind is super preppy. It’s a lot of white picnic tables and metal flower boxes.
This is our local cafe, it’s one of my favorite places to go. They have gelato in amazing flavors, great hot cocoa, and lots of other delicious snacks. It’s a nice place to work, chat with a friend, or grab a coffee before you jump on the ferry (literally right next door).
The Candy Store on Main Street
While they do sell a lot of candy, the Candy Store also has really good ice cream. It feels like an old fashioned candy store, and they have candy from Ghirardelli chocolates to sour sugar straws, and everything between.
Where to Shop:
The cutest tiny bookstore that takes the old library donations and sells them. The books are usually in good condition, and they have a great variety of stuff, from children’s to biographies. It might be small, but it has a lot of books, and you can almost always find something.
I was going to avoid putting chain stores in this list, but some snuck in anyway, hehe. I love love love VV, and their store in Tiburon has an Opti in it!!! I could not be more obsessed. This store seems to have a lot of inventory for a smallish space.
Ark Row Shopping
There are a few other shops on Ark Row (a little road off of Main Street) that are all next door to each other. I love the whole road, as it’s a great combination of different shops. It’s super convenient and a must if you’re visiting.
Sights to See:
Old Rail Trail
This is a walking path along Richardson’s Bay (a little part of SF Bay) that used to be a railroad track when Tiburon was a railroad town. It’s great for getting around, and the water views are spectacular. There are a few beaches along the path, so you can even stop and dip your toes in the water.
Tiburon Railroad Museum
Tiburon is a really small town, but it has a lot of history. The Railroad museum was a station and the home of the Stationmaster and his family. The museum has a to-scale 3D map of the town at that time, and they offer tours of the upstairs, which has been designed to replicate the family’s home.
Old St. Hilary
This old church was used by railroad workers when it was a railroad town, and it remains one of Tiburon’s iconic landmarks.
What to Do:
This playground is good sized with structures for both little kids and elementary schoolers. Near the playground is a grassy field and a basketball court, so there’s something for everyone.
This is one of my favorite places to be. I love the long walks as the sailboats race against the sunset, and the rocks are really fun to climb on. This spot offers spectacular views of the bay, and rolling around in the grass is totally accepted.
This light-blue movie theater has movies showing almost all of the time, and the small theaters are perfect for rainy days or windy winters. Locals flock on opening day, but the theaters generally don’t sell out. It’s a fun experience for families and adults alike.