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The Best Boat Rentals Near San Francisco, California

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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.

GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in San Francisco.

  1. WL
    William
    44ft Yacht charter in Sausalito

    My now fiance and I couldn't have been more pleased with this booking. Tim, the owner/captain, really went out of his way to make us feel comfortable before, during, and after the trip. I communicated a few days before the day of the trip about my plan to propose to my girlfriend. He was all over it even sending us videos and GoPro footage he took of me getting down on one knee! When we were gone on our trip Tim's wife even made a "Congratulations" sign and hung it up on the dock and made a small paper flower bouquet for our return. Boat was clean, plenty or seating areas in and out of the sun on his boat as well as a cozy indoor living area with all the amenities. Honestly though, Tim made our trip. Thanks Tim! 5 stars from us.

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    Erik
    Protector RIB boat rental in San Francisco Bay Area, Richmond, Berkeley, Sausalito

    We did a two-day film shoot on the Bay involving a sailboat and camera people/equipment in the water. Needless to say it was a bit hectic with so many moving parts but Danny always had us in position and made sure we were operating safely. Captain Danny is a pro! Would work with him again i a heartbeat!

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    Hamish
    44ft Yacht charter in Sausalito

    The perfect team outing! Tim was the perfect mix of captain and host. The boat was great and we managed to see whales, sharks and dolphins. I would recommend this to anyone looking at doing a team day! Thanks for a great afternoon out.

  4. MF
    Marina
    44ft Yacht charter in Sausalito

    I highly recommend booking with Timothy. Not only because his boat is beautiful and relaxing but because he was a great captain. Very welcoming, professional with a sense of humor and treats you as the boat is yours. You definitely would not regret it.

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    Kathy
    44ft Yacht charter in Sausalito

    Such a fun birthday celebration—Captain Timothy even stealthily put up a banner that read “Happy birthday” to surprise us once he heard about the occasion. Such great hospitality, and would 10/10 recommend!!!

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    Alex
    "Gentle Storm II" 42 Sailing Monohull Tours in Sausalito

    Rick was an amazing captain, our first time out on the bay for fleet week went off without a hitch. Highly recommend his service!