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Photo Essay: San Francisco’s Castro District

Welcome to The Castro District of San Francisco, better known to many as the gay capital of the world. Homosexualized during the gay liberation movement of the 1960’s and 70’s, The Castro is home to LGBT history, rainbow flags, the famous Castro Theatre and plenty of color!

We spent our week in San Francisco living in the neighborhood and saw many interesting sights during our time there. These sights ranged from public displays of affection to drag queens just strolling around and more than a few creative signs. Here are the best of our photos from The Castro.

Warning: some of these images may not be safe for work.

Rainbow Flag in The CastroPretty Victorian House in The Castro

Queen Anne Houses

Rock Hard The Castro

Hand Job Nails and Spa The CastroThe Sausage Factory in The Castro

Ken Dolls in a Window The Castro

Ken DollsKen Dolls

Chaps The CastroMoby Dick The Castro

Support the freedom to marry - sign in The Castro

Hot Cookie The CastroTweaker Poster The Castro

The Castro Theater

Have you visited The Castro before? What were your impressions?


  1. Posted October 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    OMG… LOVED THIS!!! Okay I love any post that says “Warning: some of these images may not be safe for work.” I mean that is how you really get peoples attention jajaja!!! Those are some good pictures… I have never been but it’s one of my dreams to visit it for sure. I know I will one day… hopefully sooner than later.
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    • Posted October 13, 2011 at 3:55 am | Permalink

      Hahaha and there were a whole bunch of photos that didn’t make this post (eg. sex toys, etc) because the reflections in the windows ruined the photos. It’s a really great place to visit and they have some awesome festivals/parades we’ve heard – hope you can make it there one day!

  2. Posted October 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    The Castro district is fun because it’s just so camp – the community has a great sense of humor (as evidenced by all the fun shop names, lol) and a super positive vibe. It’s one of our fav neighborhoods in SF. :)
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    • Posted October 13, 2011 at 3:56 am | Permalink

      It is so camp! We felt like the odds one out haha… and yes, everyone is so open and relaxed it’s just a great place to spend some time in.

  3. Posted October 12, 2011 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    Fun! I’ve been there a few times on recent trips to SF, but I also went there a couple times as a young teenager– it was eye-opening for such a young person! I love the pride that neighborhood shows.

    • Posted October 13, 2011 at 3:57 am | Permalink

      Can only imagine what it would’ve been like as a teenager! You must have been a very open-minded young person which is great. :)

  4. Posted October 12, 2011 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Missed this when I was there- like I needed another reason to go back to SF!
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  5. Posted October 13, 2011 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    Great pics! My impression of the Castro is that I was surprised how small it is. Chelsea in NYC is huge and I thought Castro would be the same, but it’s just a few blocks. It’s an entertaining few blocks, though!
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    • Posted October 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      It sure is an entertaining and colorful few blocks! We didn’t know Chelsea was similar to The Castro – will have to go and check that out over the next few days!

  6. Posted December 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Fun pictures and a different view of San Francisco than I have done when there.
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