South Beach

San Francisco’s sleekest apartment complexes overlook the bay in this high-gloss neighborhood.

South Beach’s once dilapidated waterfront warehouses have been transformed into shining towers packed with modern apartments and luxury suites. As San Francisco revamped this conveniently located industrial no-man’s land, trendy clubs and chic cafes quickly set up shop. Respected for its salty sea breeze and picturesque views of the bay, South Beach’s stark cleanliness presents a distinctly different side of San Francisco.

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On the Map

South Beach is bordered by Financial District, Mission Bay, and SoMa

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

SFO Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic or 56 minutes by BART
Golden Gate Park: 54 minutes by public transit
Fisherman's Wharf: 37 minutes by public transit
The Ferry Building: 11 minutes by public transit

South Beach, San Francisco: High-Rise Lifestyles

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South Beach's sleek style reflects in the glass facades of its towering apartment complexes and contemporary office spaces.

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Before the neighborhood remodeled, crossing into South Beach from the Bay Bridge looked quite different.

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South Beach: San Francisco's Gateway to the Bay

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Remnants of South Beach's industrial past can still be found tethered to its docks.

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Its centuries-old piers, bows, and sterns become nesting spots for seagulls and recreational respites for aquatic wanderers.

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It's a short walk to San Francisco's photogenic Embarcadero stretch leading to the historic Ferry Building - home of popular culinary spots and the famous Saturday Farmers Market."

South Beach's South Park

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A petite oasis in an urban jungle, South Beach's park borrows a little wisdom from Great Britain–South Park is modeled after an 18th century park in London.

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Weekends find the park filled with young professionals and their equally impressive dogs.

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Some of South Beach's favored brunch and lunch spots line South Park. For homestyle comfort food or handcrafted drinks, stop by the park's neighboring bistros and cafes.

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South Beach is home to another kind of park, too. Cheers emanate from the stands of AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. The baseball team gives their fans plenty of reason to raise their voices–the Giants are the 2012 World Series Champions.

Old-Fashioned Delights in Contemporary Spaces

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Beer breweries and burger joints add a classic touch to South Beach's remodeled contemporary spaces.

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South Beach boasts some of the city's oldest buildings.

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There's so much maritime history related to the neighborhood that it's now considered a historic district.

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It's simple to get to and from South Beach. The neighborhood is easily accessed via public transit. Watch the bay glide by from your shared seat or your passenger seat.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Michael Blumenfeld is a commercial photographer based in San Francisco. When not shooting, he loves rooting for the Giants, haunting used-book stores, and following his appetite around the city. He's inspired each day by the energy and diversity of the Bay Area. This project for Airbnb was a great opportunity to tread both the beaten and unbeaten paths of a city he feels privileged to call home.

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