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.