The seaside town of San Mateo is a great place to base your trip for a visit to San Francisco. The city is less then half and hour away from the quiet and relaxing atmosphere of San Mateo, California to San Francisco. You will be able to enjoy the best of both worlds if you plan on many day trips into cosmopolitan San Francisco.
San Francisco day trips from San Mateo are a great way to spend a day shopping and visiting the cultural sights of a larger city. You can walk along Fisherman's Wharf and take pictures of Alcatraz and the famous sea lions. If you are hungry for lunch, then grab some prawns or some soup in sourdough bread bowl for lunch. In the afternoon, you can visit the world famous Exploratorium where the kids can dissect a cow eye or watch the swans in the pond.
There are so many great things that both San Mateo and San Francisco offer. However, if you want a quiet and stress free living space, then San Mateo is the better pick.