Living on an island is great thing, if you ask Alameda residents. You might wonder if being water locked by the San Francisco Bay and Oakland Estuary is a good way to live. We know it is. These are 8 reasons we love living on an Island!
1. We have lots of waterfront
There are expansive beaches, walking trials and biking paths all over this 6 x 6 mile island. Much of those trails overlook the bay or the estuary. Many gaze right at the exciting San Francisco skyline. We have beaches for kids, water sports, tide pools and biking trails. For residents with an active lifestyle they never have to look far from home for outside adventure along the waterfront. All in all, being surrounded by water is the coolest reason we love living on an Island.
2. Non-residents don’t just swing by
Those of us living here know the 2 tunnels, 4 bridges, 2 ferry stations and city wide bus routes so it is easy to find your way off the island when you live here. However, to get to the island for our friends and guests, they may need a little practice and a GPS. Even our land locked bayfarm island is a bit tricky to find. Most of us like that our city feels a little protected from the busy San Francisco Bay Area and has a sleepy vibe.
3. We have a bird sanctuary
Because of our expansive, quiet beach and the work of an amazing lady, Elsie B. Romero, we have a bird sanctuary. Elsie B. Romero Bird Sanctuary is part of the Crown Beach system to preserve the delicate ecosystem of over a dozen birds. These birds thrive on the salt march and live on the bay.
Birds like the snowy egret and marsh wren grace our shores. The estuary is a very quiet place, where residents can bird watch or just stroll. If you haven’t done this yet, you should!
4. We have an active boating community
Alameda is second to Marina Del Ray as far as most boat slips in California. We have a thriving active boating community, and there are even racing teams like like the Alameda Dragon Flyers. We also have 5 yacht clubs and a house boat community on Alameda Island. Much of our boating community is tucked away from open view, so you might even forget it’s there.
5. If you work in the city, you can ride the Ferry to work
22 minutes Ferry ride to San Francisco isn’t bad. If you consider they serve cocktails, it is even better. It’s a quick trip and quite relaxing for those who are spending their work days in the financial district of SFO. If you are lucky enough that you can ride the East Bay Ferry to work, you will agree this is one reason we love living on an island.
6. We can say cool things like “I never leave the island”
It’s true. Many of us love to say to other locals “I try to never leave the island”. We also get to say we live in “Island City” or we have “Island fever”. Not everyone gets to do that!
7. We have a lighted boat parade
For 39 years, Alameda Island has celebrated the Lighted Yacht Parade on the Oakland Estuary. Boats large and small celebrate the holidays with enthusiasm and flair. We love this snoopy boat. So festive for the holiday season.
8. We have everything we need
Because residents have such pride in living in Alameda, many times they live here and have businesses here. Many of our restaurants, flower shops, boutiques and stores have local residents behind the counter. Some businesses just love that sleepy island feeling to call home. Ultimately, it means that you never have to cross a body of water to get something special or needed.
What do you think is the benefit of living on an Island? We would love to hear from you in our comments.