South San Francisco
Population has tripled since World War II with the opening of subdivisions on the slopes west of El Camino Real. It has grown from 4,411 in 1920 to 61,824 in 2006.
Truth be told, the 'rough' reputation that South San Francisco has is nowadays mostly undeserved. The first thing you'll notice is a gigantic sign on the hill between South SF (or as the locals say, "South City") and Brisbane which reads in block capitals: "SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO THE INDUSTRIAL CITY". Yes, it is industrial, but not so much anymore. Mostly what that means is there are a bunch of warehouses and train tracks in the southeast corner of South City, and whoops now you're at the airport.
The people of South City seem to be broken down ethnically into thirds, with a third being Pan-Asian (Chinese, Japanese, and a sizable Filipino population - see Daly City for more), a third being Mexican/South American, and a third being white folk with a concentration of Italians.
Weather-wise, South City is on the cusp between fog and sun. Sometimes the fog is carved off by the mountain between South City and Pacifica, but other times it continues on through and keeps things cool. It can get windy in the hills any time of year.
- By plane. South San Francisco is just north of and adjacent to the San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
- By train. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train system connects SFO and South San Francisco, with just one stop at San Bruno in between. BART also connects South San Francisco with San Francisco and the East Bay. CalTrain connects South San Francisco with San Francisco and the South Bay.
- By bus. The bus system SamTrans (San Mateo County Transit Authority) connects South San Francisco with the rest of the Peninsula.
- By car. Two major freeways, US 101 or Interstate 280, connects South San Francisco to San Francisco and to San Jose.
The GrandSouth City's downtown strip. This is where you can find some authentic Mexican bakeries, pastries and burritos.
Serramonte Shopping CenterA mall located in Daly City just south of where the coastal Hwy CA 1 and mid-peninsula Interstate 280 meet.
- A commercial strip runs south from Serramonte along Gellert Blvd. for a few blocks.
- At Gellert and Westborough is the Westborough Square Shopping Center
- El Camino Real and Westborough Road centers on a commercial cluster for everything you might wish to find.
Tanforan Shopping CenterBuilt on the site of the old Tanforan horse racing track in San Bruno, but is considered home to many South City people. Through the good times and the bad, this mall has held its own.
phone: +1 650 877-0828address: 221 South Spruce AveOutstanding dim sum is served here. Go with several friends if you can, so that you can try more items.
Best Western Grosvenor Airport Hotelphone: +1 650 873-3200address: 380 S Airport Blvd
Comfort Suites San Francisco Airportphone: +1 650 589-7100address: 121 E. Grand Ave
Days Inn South San Francisco-Northphone: +1 650 873-9300address: 1113 Airport Blvd
Embassy Suites - Airport Southphone: +1 650 589-3400address: 250 Gateway Blvd
Holiday Inn Express San Francisco Airport Northphone: +1 650 589-0600address: 373 South Airport Blvd
Holiday Inn San Francisco Airport Northaddress: 275 South Airport Blvd
Inn at Oyster Point30 oversized suite-style lodging accommodations near SFO International Airport and attractions. Park and Fly, and extended stay packages available.
Larkspur Landing South San Franciscophone: +1 650 827-1515address: 690 Gateway BlvdComplimentary airport shuttle, healthy breakfast, fitness room, spa, grocery shopping and more amenities.
phone: +1 650 877-0770address: 111 Mitchell Ave
Residence Inn San Francisco Airport/Oyster Point Waterfrontphone: +1 650 837-9000address: 1350 Veterans Blvd
Comfort Inn & Suites San Francisco Airport Westphone: +1 650 589-5089address: 611 San Bruno Ave East, San Bruno, California, USA, 94066Free WiFi, complimentary breakfast, airport shuttle, free parking, and complimentary fitness passes