The Benicia Spotlight – What A City!!

The Train Depot

Benicia, CA., once known as the State Capitol of California, is a very quaint and beautiful town!  The spirit of community and brotherhood abounds.  Benicia offers many historic landmarks that make up it’s unique geography.

Downtown Benicia Landmarks include the Historic Clocktower, The Camel Barn and the Train Depot, which is one of my favorite places to chill and enjoy the cool breeze from the straits, and smell that fresh salt air!

Benicia has a great harbor loaded with vessels, bayliners and yachts.  The ambiance in downtown is like no other.  The local people and businesses are the most friendly people on earth. You feel a real sense of “pride of ownership” when you’re visiting the downtown.

There are good schools, great shopping, historical landmarks, plenty of antique and specialty stores, great restaurants, and even a new Starbucks down by the pier.  Benicia is a town that you feel right at home when passing through.

The Yacht Club - Benicia

Some of my favorite dining experiences have been at Captain Blythers, Kaigon Sushi, The Union Hotel, Venticellos, and Kinders Beef.  There are many great places to eat in Benicia.  The Benicia Yacht Club is a superb setting for casual saturday afternoon strolls around the harbor.

There is nothing about Benicia that you won’t love.  Just off 780 is the Second Steet, Benicia exit (one I have personally taken 1000’s of times) and you are in Downtown Historic Benicia, just seconds after exiting the highway.

Since 1847, Benicia has been home to the sea loving, outdoor fanatics, and artistic individuals who thrive on community and moral values.  Benicia has some great artists, businesses, and private shops run by the local residents.  Some other facts you may not have known about Benicia are:



  • Benicia is one of Money magazine’s “Best Places to Live 2005” (August 2005).
  • Nick Jr. Family Magazine recognized Benicia in April 2004 as one of the “10 Most Playful Towns in America”
  • History is alive in Benicia – it was the third California city to incorporate, the third California State Capital, and the only historic capital location where the original building still stands
  • Benicia has more parks per capita than any other Solano County City
  • Schools ranked top 15% in nation by SchoolMatch, a private corporate site location firm
  • Named Best Place to Raise a Family according to a San Francisco Chronicle survey. 38% of households have children under age 18 at home
  • Benicia was recognized by Money magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live on the Coast”
  • Benicia is noted for our arts community. American Style magazine ranked Benicia #7 of the “2005 Top Art Spots”, in the small town category
  • Benicia was one of San Francisco magazine’s featured areas in the November 2001 article “A Change in the Hood – 15 Bay Area communities that are hipper, cheaper, and more neighborly than anyone knew”
  • You need to come to Benicia for yourself to experience all this great city has to offer! Whether you are just visiting, or considering a move or relocation, you need to stop and see why Benicia might be your first choice as your next place to live, invest, or just retire.

    Come to Benicia by the Bay to shop, explore, enjoy a hike, drop your fishing line, have a cup of java, grab a bite to eat, or just relax in the sun as the cool breeze melts away any stresses from the day!!

    There is something for everybody in Benicia, CA.


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