The Gay Mecca, and Much More
Castro St and 18th
San Francisco, CA 94114
This historic neighborhood is without a doubt the heart and soul of San Francisco's high-profile gay community. Formerly known as Eureka Valley, this hilly community is bordered by Diamond Heights, Noe Valley, The Mission, and Duboce Triangle. Although described by its location, The Castro has become more than a locale. The Castro has been commonly referred to as the "gay mecca" of the world, and even a brief tour of the flamboyant shops, welcoming restaurants, and extravagant street fairs provides all the evidence needed to support this contention. Since the 1970s, The Castro's open homosexual identity has made it a worldwide pilgrimage for gays and lesbians in search of a more accepting and open environment. However, this area is not only for locals. Home to such attractions as the historic Castro Theater and the Halloween extravaganza, The Castro offers everyone a unique taste of San Franciscan culture not found anywhere else.
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Parking Availability: Yes
Notes: As with all of San Francisco, parking may be difficult to find. Be patient.
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