Contra Costa comes from the Spanish term meaning “the other coast” which could not be more fitting as it sits just on the other coast from the San Francisco Bay. This county is mostly suburban and is a great place to start a family or just find solace in all that the area to offer. The County is home to great hiking and biking in Mt. Diablo State park or any of the many beautiful open spaces that border many of the homes in the area. However beautiful and serene, there is no shortage of things to do in Contra Costa County. There is a lively restaurant and entertainment scene as well as shopping that attracts visitors from all over the bay area.