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South San Francisco in the Spotlight

South San Francisco is a city with an identity crisis, a hidden gem that’s often overlooked or misunderstood by tourists. It’s not, as many out-of-towners believe, just the southern part of San Francisco. Instead, South San Francisco is a place that deserves to be appreciated in its own right.

So Where is it?

Knowing where South San Francisco starts and ends is just one piece of the puzzle. So where is it? You’ll find this suburban oasis on the Peninsula region of the San Francisco Bay area, south of Daly City and north of San Bruno. It’s actually not even next to San Francisco!

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It’s largely residential, but South San Francisco has some excellent hotels, including Larkspur Landing South San Francisco – An All-Suite Hotel, CitiGarden Hotel, and Hotel Focus SFO.

There are so many South San Francisco hotels that I wouldn’t blame you if you spent some time weighing your options.’s handy tabs can keep track of your research, making it easy to evaluate the accommodation you’re interested in before booking your vacation.

Why Stay in South San Francisco?

A local might insist that there are enough reasons to stay in South San Francisco to fill this article, but let me make it simple. This city offers much more affordable accommodation than the hotels in San Francisco, yet it’s close enough to this tourist hotspot that travelers won’t feel like they’re missing out.

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South San Francisco hotels are also ideally located. The city’s just a mile from the San Francisco International Airport and close to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Station. This light rail service connects South San Francisco to San Francisco International Airport, the attractions of San Fran, and other nearby cities.

Enjoy Amazing Ethnic Cuisines

South San Francisco has a significant number of Pan-Asian, Mexican, South American, and Italian residents, and this shows in the city’s amazing food.

Head to the shopping strip known as The Grand to taste amazing Mexican bakeries and burritos. The dim sum at Hung To Seafood Restaurant on South Spruce Avenue is also outstanding. Gather a group of friends so that you can sample a greater variety of dishes.

Ideal for Business Travelers

Admittedly there aren’t a lot of tourist attractions in South San Francisco. Most travelers will find get used to the 20-minute light rail ride to the sites of San Francisco or the beaches of Pacifica. However, business travelers might find that everything they need is conveniently close to their hotel.

South San Francisco is one of the two biggest biotech hubs in the United States, home to Elan Pharmaceuticals, Amgen, Genentech, and many more pioneering firms. If you’re in the biotech industry, South San Francisco’s hotels make an ideal base for a business trip.

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The city also has the South San Francisco Conference Center, conveniently located across the street from the Four Points by Sheraton San Francisco Airport.

Have you stayed in South San Francisco? Leave a comment below with your thoughts on this underappreciated California city.


Lauren Katulka is a happily married freelance writer living on Australia’s Central Coast. When she’s not playing around with words she loves roller skating, spending time in the kitchen, watching indie films and cuddling her Devon Rex cat, Gizmo.

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