While its future remains the subject of ongoing debate (an elaborate casino plan bit the dust last year), the Point San Pablo Peninsula just north of the Richmond Bridge stands mostly as a decaying relic of defunct industries from wine to whaling. But if you get off just before the bridge at the Point Molate exit with a spirit of adventure and provisions for your outing, you'll find a unique community, lots of industrial artifacts, a little stretch of dogs-welcome gravelly beach and stunning bay views at the Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor.
The harbor is home port for the ferry to East Brother Light Station (not a dog-friendly destination) and the San Pablo Bay Sportsmens Club, but there are no stores or cafes. You and Sailor are welcome during the day as long as you mind your P's and Q's, says harbormaster Roslynn Johnson, who notes that her own family has four rescue dogs.
"We just ask that people be in control of their pets. It is private property, but we have always allowed the public out here during sunrise to sunset hours," she says.
So stay off the docks, respect the peace and quiet of the folks who live here and enjoy the water and the scenery as a good guest.