A few weeks ago, Hip E and I were cruising the Bay Area, and stumbled upon a secret little harbor that probably next to no one knows about. The locals called it Pirate Bay, but historically it’s known as Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor. Our wanderings into this rural community weren’t exactly an invited one (perhaps we should have been clued off by the skeleton hanging from the fence). Upon our entrance, a rugged fellow who was touting a screw in his mouth like one might with a toothpick quickly met us. After quickly defusing the situation, he left us alone, as I certainly didn’t want to end up with a gun pointed at me, as he inferred through his stories about how he has dealt with strangers previously.
Here’s a picture of him looking slightly less threatening:This little harbor village is home to a few dozen individuals, and is located on the east side of the far end of Point San Pablo. This Point is just north of where the Richmond Bridge meets Richmond. Inside the tiny community is a small cove where the marina is protected from waves, in addition to a breakwater. It even has a café. It is surrounded by many small and undeveloped hills that give this place a very secretive feel. To make this place that much more intriguing, the village has spectacular panoramic views of the undeveloped coastlines of southern Napa, Sonoma, and Solano counties and eastern central Marin County.
Here is the Pirate Bay’s location:
Just another secret place in the Bay!