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The Castro

Castro and Market Sts. is the heart of the Castro, San Francisco, CA 94114
415-391-2000
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The Castro: Historical Walking Tour of San...
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Ranked #55 of 318 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Nightlife, Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Driving
Owner description: San Francisco's famous gay and lesbian neighborhood is filled with...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Nightlife, Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Driving
Owner description: San Francisco's famous gay and lesbian neighborhood is filled with interesting cafes, bars and shops worth exploring. The Castro Theatre draws movie buffs year-round with film festivals and movies of every genre.
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Delmar, New York
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219 reviews 219 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We visited the Castro section of SF when we were there in May. A a gay couple we knew of its existence and importance in relation to the rights and freedoms of gay people. We were surprised at how much smaller in size it was. We went on an organized tour of the area and learned some interesting facts about... More 

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Hertford, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Going to Castro was our best idea. We had good food, a good drink and a great laugh with the people there. They were friendly and we felt completely at ease.

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Santa Monica, California
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181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Don't go to be some stinkin' tourist... go to just live it. Go in the shops. Go in the bars. Eat dinner. Buy a book. Don't be a tourist - just go experience the hood and be real.

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Brooklyn, New York
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I spent some amazing dancing nights in the Castro. Although, the end of my night included me getting chased out of a bar by angry drag queens who apparently don't like it when I stage crash them effectively upstaging them, I would consider that night a success. I left with the memory, and without a size 12 stiletto in my... More 

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Varberg, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Castro is also known as the gay district. Whatever, it is a very friendly neighbourhood and everyone we met, was kind and helpful and came up with suggestions for our visit. Dont miss to visit the place where Harvey Milk had his photo shop. History!!

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Paso Robles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We got dressed up and walked on Castro Street. It was a fun, energetic atmosphere. It's not just for gays anymore!

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This is a place definitely worth visiting in no hurry. It's full of history if you pay attention to the sidewalks, stores and bars. There are lots of options from theater to restaurants, night clubs and bars. It's worth the visit during the day and during the night because the options are different and so are people visiting.

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Battle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Heard about the castro so we visited easy by bus or trolley I was amazed by the whole scene Everything is a vibrant friendly atmosphere the shops were array of everything you could imagine and more the bars and restaurants are very reasonably priced and dont worry if you need directions someone will always oblige

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This area is well known for its gay community, but I think it has a lot more to offer than just that. It has a vibe of its own. Apparently, it used to be legal to walk the streets of San Francisco completely naked, but we were told that this now applies only on parades. There were no parades that... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The Castro neighborhood was a very nice surprise for me. I knew about its history and Harvey Milk, that's why I wanted to visit it, but I found much more than that there. The first thing that I saw when I arrived there was a bunch of naked people laying on a plaza. They were just standing there.. sunbathing I... More 

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