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The Castro, San Francisco

Get a true sense of the San Francisco vibe by visiting The Castro, one of the city's most colorful neighborhoods. The area rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s as the heart of the city's GLBT activist movement and culture scene, and to this day it remains a hub of relaxed atmosphere and liberal attitude. Visit the area's numerous clubs, cafes, and eclectic shops, see the sights, and immerse yourself in the local scene by visiting the GLBT Museum or the Castro Theatre. The area's famous nightlife makes it a major party destination. To gain even deeper knowledge of the neighborhood's history, look for the walking tours provided by the locals. Use our San Francisco route maker tool to add The Castro and other attractions to your San Francisco vacation plans.
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  • It was wonderful to stroll around the neighbourhood with its many symbols of diversity and acceptance. Seeing the Twin Peaks Tavern it was easy to understand why it was such a herald of gay equality i...  more »
  • We had the chance to spend Halloween night by Castro, it was really funny. This gay neighborhood is super cool, full of derision and good child. Costumed people marching on the sidewalks and allow themselves to be photographed with pleasure. The atmosphere in the bars seemed nice but we were with our children so not possible to enter.
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  • Small main area along Castro with nice small shops, quick eateries and sit down restaurants, Castro theater, and a lot of history! Long ride on the F bus from downtown, but worth it for the $2.75 fare...  more »
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