5 Reasons People Love Living in Benicia


Located in the Bay Area, the Residents of This Waterfront City Enjoy Its High Quality of Life and Local Charm.


The Downtown History & Charm

With over 30 historical sites, Benicia is one of several California cities selected to participate in the state’s Main Street Program. Festivals and events aimed to draw locals keep the area a vibrant place to visit. Featuring a mile-long drag of specialty stores, fine restaurants, breweries and more, main street’s Victorian architecture is a visual feast in and of itself. With its walkability and community atmosphere, the main street elevates the highly sought-after “small-town charm” Benicia is known for.


The town of Benicia is packed with a variety of activities for all ages, which cultivate the city’s tight-knit community atmosphere. Locals enjoy the fresh air and exercise by participating in adult and youth volleyball, basketball, and more with their neighbors. For the young ones, several after-school programs made up of creative projects and homework assistance gives them more time and space to become friends with each other. The town also hosts a plethora of yearly community events, including a farmers market, run for education, and art & wine walks.


Academic expectations for children rise every year, and Benicia’s school system is up to the challenge. Ranked first in Solano County by the 2013 Academic Performance Index, the city schools boasts hundreds of highly qualified instructors, impressively outfitted classrooms, and robust support services. In addition to its strong arts program, the local high school places heavy emphasis on test prep to ensure the area’s youth are competitive for college applications. Unencumbered by the bureaucratic systems of larger cities, more individual time and attention are afforded to each Benicia student.

Benicia Marina

Benicia takes advantage of its location right on the Carquinez Strait to feature a beautiful city marina. With a fuel dock, launch ramp, restrooms and showers, and other services, locals can rent a slip at the Marina year-round. The facility makes it easy to take one's boat out into the Bay Area and enjoy sweeping views of San Francisco, The Golden Gate Bridge, and the surrounding landscape. Additionally, residents have the option of joining the Benicia Yacht Club, which offers a variety of functions and social events throughout the year.


Benicia is located near the cultural treasures of San Francisco, the industries of Silicon Valley, and the vineyards of Napa Valley. This affords residents quick access to the best of the Bay Area while remaining distant enough to be relaxed and afford a more comfortable cost of living. Driving is the town’s primary form of transportation, but the closest Bart Station connecting the town to the city is less than a 20-minute drive from downtown Benicia. 

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