San Mateo, city, San Mateo county, western California, U.S. It lies on the western shore of San Francisco Bay, 16 miles (26 km) south of the city of San Francisco. Sheltered by hills from ocean wind and fog, San Mateo enjoys a mild maritime climate.
In the 1960s San Mateo began to take on a metropolitan appearance, with a cluster of multistory buildings in the downtown area. Its shopping centres and business offices continue to serve the surrounding area. The (community) College of San Mateo was founded in 1922, and the city is also the site of the Bay Meadows Race Track and the San Mateo County Expo Center. Local attractions include Coyote Point Museum, located in Coyote Point Park, which provides environmental education, and Central Park, which contains a traditional Japanese tea garden.
THINGS TO DO
Nestled in the bayside area of San Mateo, Coyote Point serves as the perfect outdoor getaway for families and groups of friends alike. With large amounts of picnic tables you can reserve, Coyote Point is a great barbecue spot on a sunny weekend. There are also five walking trails you can venture on to get great views of the bay and to see the San Francisco skyline from a different perspective. With great beach access located on the bayside, there is a great opportunity to participate in various water sports. The most popular in Coyote Point is windsurfing, which also makes for great people-watching if you don’t feel too adventurous. Coyote Point, 1701 Coyote Point Dr, San Mateo, CA, USA
San Mateo Japanese Garden
While the San Francisco Japanese Garden gets all the attention, the San Mateo Japanese Garden does not disappoint. Unlike the one located in San Francisco, the one in San Mateo is free of charge. Along with that, the crowds are less populated, thus giving you a more intimate experience with the beautiful scenery. San Mateo Japanese Garden, San Mateo, CA, USA
Tucked inside Coyote Point is CuriOdyssey, an interactive science and wildlife center whose focus is on children and families. This is a great daytime activity with the family or a birthday party for a group of kids. Most of the animals are native to California and are there because, in their current condition, they would not survive in the wild. With constantly new and rotating exhibits, events, and activities, be sure to check out the website for something that catches your eye. Sawyer Camp Trail, Skyline Blvd & Crystal Springs Rd, San Mateo, CA, USA
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94403 has 15 schools. One of the highest rated schools is Aragon High School, which has a rating of 10. Aragon High School has 1,499 students. Public schools in 94403 belong to San Mateo-Foster City or San Mateo Union High School District. The population of 94403 is 17,900. San Mateo-Foster City enrolls 67% of the population of 94403.
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REVIEWS BY RESIDENTS
One thing I like most about San Mateo is the different stores and restaurants it has to offer. There is always something new to enjoy about San Mateo. The other thing about San Mateo is the different events in the area. From the Fall chili cook off to the Winter Ice Skating park in Central Park, there is always something interesting and new in San Mateo.
I really like how San Mateo is very safe. There aren’t a lot of crimes around here because the police do a very good job of protecting and serving. The schools are very high quality, and all students of San Mateo schools are guaranteed a good education. San Mateo is also very diverse.
San Mateo is such a rich place to live. It is very family oriented. Everyone in San Mateo grows up knowing everyone. Living here is pricey but it is worth it. The people bond so richly. As a pacific islander, I grew up feeling like I belonged because there were so many people that looked just like me which is rare now that I have moved away from San Mateo. I felt as if I belonged to a community of family and friends. The education is great but not so diverse, it consists of mostly white people but still many Polynesians compared to other cities which was really cool. San Mateo is beautiful and growing fast, economically. The college of San Mateo is awesome and has a great education and athletic program.
San Mateo is a beautiful city. If you get the chance to live here, you’re not more than 15 minutes away from the closest beach in Half Moon Bay, and not more than a 20 minute drive from San Francisco. The traffic in San Mateo can get busy at times, especially during rush hour, but overall it’s manageable and not too claustrophobic. There are a variety of options to grab a bite to eat around here. The only draw back is that it’s hard to find a place that’s open past 10pm. Regardless of that drawback, people usually make their way down to San Francisco if they want to stay out late, because it’s a short drive. The local public and private schools are excellent, and are nationally ranked due to their prestige. Living in San Mateo for the past 7 and a half years, I’ve always felt safe walking through my neighborhoods, no matter how late I happened to be out. I would recommend this city to anyone who wants to live here, it’s a great place to be in.
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