Orientation: Finding Your Way Around the Bay

This map shows the counties that make up the Bay Area, along with its three largest cities, San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.

Bay Area map

For the purpose of simplicity, this website groups the counties in the following large regions
(click region name for more information):

EAST BAY: Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solono Counties
SOUTH BAY: San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties
NORTH BAY: Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties

About the Bay

Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area


Finding your way around the bay


How we got to now.


Agriculture, culture, counterculture.


Outdoors, hell yeah!


Plenty to do around these parts.


We are here to help.

Tom's Garden

Increasingly this site has focused on gardening and the natural world of the Bay Area and Northern California.
The associated blog is called Tom's Garden: Growing by the Bay. Below are some sample images and links to posts.

Sister Sites

The web we weave.