Historic Benicia lies on the East Bay shoreline just 37 miles northeast of San Francisco and 58 miles southwest of Sacramento. Nestled against Carquinez Strait, this waterfront community boasts a thriving marina, antique shops, art studios, and eclectic boutiques. Excelling in small-town appeal and historic charm, the city is known throughout the Bay Area as a wonderful place to live and raise a family. The abundant leisure and recreational activities include a wide variety of colorful events and activities from home and gallery tours to craft fairs and a downtown farmers market. Downtown Benicia is rich in California's history with more than 30 historical points of interest. Tree-lined streets showcase Victorian-inspired architecture that blends with false-front Western architectural examples that date back to the 1850s. Popular recreational activities include boating, hiking, swimming, fishing, and sailing.