Hi! I'm Claire an avid traveler and Digital Nomad. At 34 I sold all my worldly possessions that wouldn’t fit into 3 boxes or in my backpack and hit the road.
The Castro is one of the most vibrant and colorful neighborhoods in San Francisco. No surprise really considering that it is the birthplace of the rainbow flag and the first-ever pride celebration.
From sing-along musicals to one of the most iconic gay bars of all time (twin peaks) in the Castro its continued commitment to gay culture remains strong. You know you have arrived in the Castro as soon as you hit the streets lined with Rainbow flags. I highly recommend taking a tour with Frank, a local tour guide who provides tours in both German and English. As a gay man living in San Francisco, he is the best person to be able to show you around and give you a real insight into the culture and community in this area.
If you do decide to go it alone here are a few things you need to check out in the Castro. 1. Ride in on the F-Line The oldfashioned wooden streetcars are a big part of San Francisco culture, o why not arrive in the Castro in style by catching the F-Line streetcar. 2. Go to a sing-a-long movie at the Castro Theater Believe it or not this theatre in the middle of the Castro is not only the heart of the community, but it is the last movie palace still remaining in San Francisco. They play a mix of old and new movies, but the sing-a-long ones are not to be missed if you are in town when one is playing.
3. Have a night on the town Although the Castro is great to wander around during the daytime, it's at nighttime when it really comes to life. All of the bars in the areas are walkable so you can spend the evening barhopping and soaking up the vibes in each. 4. Learn about the history of Pride The Castro is central to the Pride movement as for a long time it has been a haven for the LGBTQ+ community. You will see many monuments, plaques, and even museums spotted around the streets. A good place to start is the Rainbow Honor Walk which is a series of bronze plaques on the sidewalk that honor and highlight LGBTQ individuals and what they did for the movement. You should also drop into the GLBT Historical Society and Museum if you can take a guided tour I strongly recommend it as the history really is fascinating.