Richmond (California)

Not to be confused with the Richmond district in San Francisco, California.

Richmond is in the northwest corner of Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

Get in

Get around

Richmond is served by I-80 from San Francisco, Vallejo and Sacramento, I-580 from Berkeley, Marin County and Oakland and Richmond Parkway skirting most of town as a bypass. Public transportation is provided with an intermodal transit center comprising BART and Amtrak, with local buses run by AC Transit. But due to the horrible reputation of Richmond, it is best recommended to exit BART from one of the two stations in El Cerrito.


Keller Beach

Point Richmond

Marina Bay



Richmond is home to Hilltop Mall, a large enclosed shopping center anchored by Macy's, Sears, JC Penney, and Walmart. Outside of any shopping center, a local favorite is Annie's Annuals, a nursery that specializes in rare, exotic, and down-right interesting plants. Annie's is so extensive, leave yourself a few hours to browse the entire operation. Downtown Point Richmond has many shops and cafes.


Hotel Mac- 50 Washington Street, the most elegant hotel in the Bay Area, Built in 1910, was the second hotel built in Richmond, after the Critchett Hotel (closed in 1909. Near Downtown Point Richmond, and beaches and shops. Features a first class restaurant and bar. Call +1 510 233-0010

Quality Inn- 915 West Cutting Boulevard (510) 237-3000. Just a walk to Downtown Point Richmond, attractions, and beaches.

Extendedstay America 3170 Garrity Way Richmond, Ca 94806 Phone +1 510 222-7383. Walking distance to the Hilltop Mall.

Stay safe

The safest parts of Richmond consist of Marina Bay and Point Richmond south of I-580, the Hilltop area north of San Pablo where Hilltop Mall is and much of East Richmond on the other side of I-80 or San Pablo Avenue at the most. Unfortunately, Downtown Richmond, most of the city, primarily the Iron Triangle and Central Richmond, is a whole different story. These regional segments of Richmond (75% of the city's area) are the reason behind its horrible reputation, ranking with Compton as the worst cities in California statiscally when it comes to crime rate. Travelers that must traverse these parts of town should know their way around and stay on the major thoroughfares through here, such as MacDonald Avenue, 23rd Street or Cutting Boulevard, without stopping here for anything or any reason. Do not enter North Richmond at any time for any reason, lest you be riddled with bullet holes.

Go next

Routes through Richmond

END Emeryville  W  E  Martinez Sacramento
Sacramento Martinez  N  S  Berkeley Emeryville
Bakersfield Martinez  N  S  Emeryville Oakland
San Francisco El Cerrito  S  E  San Pablo Sacramento
END San Rafael  NW  SE  El Cerrito Oakland

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