LGBT+ / Gay San Francisco travel guide

SF gay visitors guide

SF gay visitors guide

Being one of the gay capitals of the world, San Francisco is one of the most European-like cities in the US. Enjoy SF, the culture, the famous prison island Alcatraz and the authentic trams.

Where to stay in San Francisco

Where to stay in San Francisco

Staying in or near Castro district is most fun, however there are not so many options there. Fortunately San Francisco has a very good public transport system, including their famous old trams that are still running.

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The Castro and Folsom Street

SF has two main gay districts: Castro District and SoMa (South Market) around Folsom Street. The Castro is the largest of the United States' gay neighborhoods. The Castro is one of the most prominent symbols of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activism and events. In the area every seems to be gay, not just gay bars, cafes and restaurants and shops, but also banks and drug stores have large rainbow flags outside and in the shops. Around Folsom you'll find some leather and fetish clubs to enjoy. But plan your night ahead, because all of the bars and clubs close at 2 AM.

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Gay beaches and parks

The SF climate is very mild all year round, but it can be very cloudy and foggy. For those sunny days check out the beaches and parks:

Baker Beach and Dolores Park

Featured hotels

Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco
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333 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
San Francisco Marriott Marquis Union Square, San Francisco
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780 Mission Street , San Francisco
Hilton Parc 55 San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco
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55 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco
The Park Central San Francisco, San Francisco
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50 3rd Street, San Francisco