San Remo is the last town on Victorian Mainland, before crossing across to Phillip Island. San Remo is a resort town in its own right and has lots of nice features. Formed as a fishing village, its economy is now more largely based around tourism.
In 1797 Bass, a naval surgeon and explorer took a voyage in an open boat to explore the coastline. It was later explored on foot in 1826 by William Hovell. Around 1840 a deep-water port was established at Griffiths Point
The area around what is now San Remo was occupied for many hundreds of years by the Bururong people, sealers frequented the area before the Europeans settled the area in 1835. It was Samuel Anderson a Scottish immigrant who in 1835 established the third permanent settlement in Victoria at Bass.
A township grew around this port, and brought in tourists. In 1888 the township was named San Remo after the resort town in Italy. The Post Office opened on 14 August 1873 and was renamed San Remo in 1888.