Visitors can reach the island in a little under 15 minutes by ferry ride from Pier 33, located between the San Francisco Ferry Building and Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco. Hornblower Cruises and Events, operating under the name Alcatraz Cruises, is the official ferry provider to and from the island.
In 1854, the West Coast’s first lighthouse was built on San Francisco Bay’s Alcatraz Island to guide the ships coming and going through the Golden Gate. Government officials quickly decided that the tiny, 22-acre island aptly nicknamed “The Rock” was also an ideal location for a federal penitentiary—so close and yet so far from bustling San Francisco.
Alcatraz Island is located in San Francisco Bay, 1.25 mi offshore from San Francisco, California, United States. The small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison (1868), and a federal prison from 1934 until 1963.
Alcatraz Island is about 3/4 mile away from the city of San Francisco, between San Francisco and Marin. As a prison, it was considered to be nearly escape-proof, because of the cold water and ...
The Alcatraz swim is an approximately 2 mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. This swim is for relatively strong swimmers. Before taking on Alcatraz, you should be able to do this distance in a pool (140 lengths of a 25 yard pool) or during our regular group open water swims in Berkeley without stopping.
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Jan 04, 2017 · The cold water and tricky currents of San Francisco Bay make the crossing from Alcatraz a daunting one, but a group of expert guides is helping hardy souls complete the ‘impossible swim’
May 22, 2006 · (05-22) 10:10 PDT SAN FRANCISCO - A 7-year-old boy has become one of the youngest people to swim the cold, swift waters between Alcatraz Island and San Francisco, completing the 1.4-mile distance...
You will have views of the Golden Gate, the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz and Angel Island. From Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, a boat will carry you to the north side of Alcatraz Island. Upon entering the water you will make the 2 mile swim to Angel Island with the incoming flood tide behind you.