San Francisco is a great place to visit. There are many tourist attractions worth seeing. If you happen to be in the area, you should definitely spend at least a day there. However, even the most wonderful city has its dark side.

If you are planning to visit San Francisco, do not start your trip without being prepared, since you may return home totally disappointed. You have to know the places to avoid in this city in order for you not to have bad experiences or something even worse.

Here are the top 5 places to avoid in San Francisco.

  1. Bayview

Bayview is an area in the city which is characterized as having some of the highest rates of crime. If you happen to be there, you may get your bag stolen, but you may also hear shootings because the area is very dangerous due to gun violence. It is said that the crime rate in this neighborhood is 161% higher than the average.

 

  1. Outer Mission

Outer Mission is a neighborhood in San Francisco which is located on the south edge of the city. It is not as dangerous as the previous area we have described, but, still, the crime rate is 98% higher than the average. You may risk visiting it at daytime, but never go to such a place when it gets dark. You do not want to return home with trauma.

 

  1. The Tenderloin

Yes, it is a touristic area. Yes, it may seem that nothing might happen there. But we will tell you the contrary. Even if the place is full of great restaurants, activities and shops, there are also a lot of homeless people that may get very violent and you may be robbed. Local people already know that this area is dangerous, but tourists are not aware. This is why you have to inform yourself before visiting San Francisco.

We would recommend you not to take a lot of money with you if you happen to be in The Tenderloin. Leave your laptops, tablets, and money at the hotel. Your car isn’t safe, either. Take all the valuable things out of it, including even the convertible car seat, if you have kids. People rob and sell everything they can.

  1. Sunnydale

This small neighborhood called Sunnydale is situated between McLaren Park and the Cow Palace. It has a high crime rate, and it is said to be a very depressive and dangerous place in San Francisco. It is better to avoid and choose a safer place instead, like the Castro.

 

  1. The Bay Area Rapid Transit

This is San Francisco’s subway system, and it is also known as BRAT. It is very useful if you want to get from one place to another. However, not all stations are safe. There are locations that are full of homeless people that may rob you if you do not pay attention.

Some of the stations that have to be avoided are Civic Center Station, 16th & Mission Station, Lake Merritt Station, and 24th & Mission Station. Or, if you still happen to be there, make sure your bag is safe, and there are no suspicious people around you.

We know that it is very exciting to visit a city like San Francisco since it is known for its beautiful and entertaining places. But be careful not to get too excited and forget about safety. These big cities are some of the most dangerous in the world.