There are many superb opportunities for public waterfront access hidden along
the Embarcadero in a strip stretching from the 9th Avenue Terminal to
Embarcadero Cove. Here, a series of intermittent shoreline paths links
pocket parks, piers, marinas, restaurants and various businesses. The
paths, which are part of the
views of the
marinas, and Coast Guard Island. There are occasional
interruptions in the shoreline path, but the route continues along the
Embarcadero in these areas.
points of waterfront access along the roadway are identified by Public Shore signs mandated by BCDC
during approvals for the waterfront development in this strip. Designated
public shore parking spaces are available in several commercial parking
lots along the shore, and these are identified by similar signs.
Oyster Reef / Homewood Suites Area
Location: 1103 Embarcadero
Use designated public shore parking spaces within the
Homewood suites and Oyster Reef parking lots; street parking is also
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A section of the Bay Trail begins at Oyster Reef
extends along the shoreline in front
of Homewood Suites.
Benches are frequent and
and picnic tables are
available. The walkway
offers fine views of Coast Guard Island and
the boat slips that dot the shoreline. The trail continues past the Olympic Boat Center and
the Sea Ray Yacht Center, ending at the undeveloped space planned for
retail and offices.
Executive Inn Area
the north end of this complex, right by the roadside, is a marker
describing the history of Brooklyn Basin, Coast Guard Island, rail
transportation, and the area's development.
the road's edge near the sign is a pocket park that includes benches
and steps leading to the water.
From the park, a path leads to a public pier and a walkway that
extends the Bay Trail along the shore in front of the Inn, continuing to the Motel 6 shoreline.
Motel 6 Area
Location: 1801 Embarcadero
Parking: No designated public shore parking is
available in the Motel 6 lot, but street parking is plentiful.
The San Antonio Fishing Pier is located at the north end of
Motel 6. Here, the trail continues south past the motel and returns to the roadside
near the Embarcadero Cove Marina Central Basin.
Embarcadero Cove / Quinn's Lighthouse Area
Historic signage describing the Old Harbor and Pipe City can be
found at the road's edge, just north of the Embarcadero Cove and opposite the
offices at 1900 Embarcadero.
beyond the sign is Embarcadero Cove, a
picturesque collection of restored buildings, gardens, and paths. Quinn's
Lighthouse restaurant, part of this complex, was constructed in 1902 as
a working lighthouse marking the Southern Pacific Ferry Terminal at the
mouth of the channel separating Oakland and Alameda. In 1966, it was
replaced by automated lighthouse and was relocated to Embarcadero Cove
to serve as L J Quinn's Lighthouse Pub.
shoreline path continues in front of Embarcadero Cove and runs past
the bridge to Coast Guard Island. Just south of the bridge is the
Point Park and Union Point Marina.