Sausalito secrets

An insider shares the top five experiences you won’t read about in guidebooks

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Sausalito hidden harbor
 Rachel Weill

Hidden harbor

Sausalito wouldn’t be Sausalito without its houseboats. Among several houseboat communities in town, Waldo Point Harbor stands out for its hilarious, only-in-Sausalito message board at the harbor entrance.

On my all-star list: “Lost: Plywood dinghy, battered blue” (alongside a charmingly rakish drawing of the poor lost boat) and “Want to exchange your houseboat with mine in Paris for a week?” Impressive feats of container gardening―succulents, roses, lemon trees―line the boardwalk, and residents are often out watering plants in the early morning.

Truth be told, I did once catch a minibus of Japanese tourists being let off in this area, but that was in the height of summer, and they seemed to walk right past Issaquah Dock, our favorite spot.

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