The most southern city in Marin, Sausalito starts as soon as you exit the Golden Gate Bridge. Sausalito was always known as a bachelor town. The houses were mostly vertical, clinging to the side of the hills or of a more “salty” disposition; the houseboat communities. The small 7,000 person population swells to 60,000 on the weekends with the onslaught of tourists and city dwellers looking for a beautiful ferry ride to the suburbs.
The tourist strip is popular due to its proximity to the city and stunning views, but there is an actual town that the locals frequent. The tone of Sausalito has shifted with its relatively new K-8 charter school, Willow Creek Academy which has prompted families to stay in town. This development has made Sausalito more kid friendly and the town has responded with renewed parks, annual Easter, Fourth of July and Halloween parades. The Lycee Francais of San Francisco also has their pre-school to grade five located in Sausalito.
Sausalito is well known for the Annual Sausalito Art Festival held over Labor Day Weekend bringing hundreds of artists to town. Another fun event is the Sausalito Floating Homes Tour.