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Gilroy , the "Garlic Capital of the World," is located in Santa Clara County south of San Francisco, a few miles inland from the Central Coast and just a short drive from Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay. The town has an interesting agricultural heritage that began following the Gold Rush years when pioneers flooded the fertile farmlands. The early settlers concentrated on raising stock and grain, but by the 1870s, Gilroy was home to the largest cigar factory in the world and thus became known as the tobacco capital of the United States. Dairy and cheese followed; then prunes and other crops like apples, apricots, peaches and pears. Finally, around the time of World War I, garlic was grown in the Gilroy area for the commercial market in large quantities. In 1979, the first Gilroy Garlic Festival was started and now it has become an annual event with an attendance of over 130,000 visitors. This well-known festival features all kinds of "garlicky" foods including garlic ice cream. About eight miles northeast of the town is the famous Victorian resort Gilroy Yamato Hot Springs, which is a California Historical Landmark. Gilroy is also becoming well known for its shopping opportunities, home to a huge shopping mall that consists entirely of outlet stores. The mild Mediterranean type climate is great for outdoor activities and attractions include the Eagle Ridge Golf Course, Christmas Hill Park, Bonfante Gardens and the new Gilroy Sports Park.

Surrounding areas: Castro Valley, California (4.1 mi), San Juan Bautista, California (11.3 mi), Watsonville, California (12.4 mi), Corralitos, California (13.2 mi), Hollister, California (14.0 mi), La Selva Beach, California (17.1 mi), Rio del Mar, California (18.5 mi)

Gilroy Vacation Rentals

Gilroy Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn-gilroy8292 Murray AveGilroy, CA (408) 848-3500
Hilton Garden Inn Gilroy6070 Monterey StGilroy, CA (408) 840-7000
Motel 6 #0256110 Monterey HwyGilroy, CA (408) 842-6061
National 9 Inn5530 Monterey HwyGilroy, CA (408) 842-6464
Ramada Ltd360 Leavesley RdGilroy, CA (408) 848-1467
Rodeway Inn611 Leavesley RdGilroy, CA (408) 847-0688
Super 8 Motel - Gilroy8435 San Ysidro AveGilroy, CA (408) 848-4108
Ramada Morgan Hill/San Jose16115 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA8.6 mi.(408) 779-7666
Comfort Inn16225 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA8.7 mi.(408) 778-3400
Microtel Inn & Suites16245 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA8.8 mi.(408) 782-5000
Executive Inn Suites16505 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA9.2 mi.(408) 778-0404
Quality Inn16525 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA9.3 mi.(888) 434-1444
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites17035 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA9.8 mi.(877) 776-7670
Extended Stay America605 Jarvis DrMorgan Hill, CA11.0 mi.(408) 779-9660
Best Western Inn740 Freedom BlvdWatsonville, CA12.4 mi.(831) 724-3367
Courtyard By Marriott18610 Madrone PkwyMorgan Hill, CA12.5 mi.(408) 782-6034
Residence Inn By Marriott Morgan Hill/San Jose18620 Madrone PkwyMorgan Hill, CA12.5 mi.(800) 331-3131
Comfort Inn Watsonville112 Airport BlvdWatsonville, CA12.5 mi.(831) 728-2300
Watsonville Inn970 Main StWatsonville, CA12.6 mi.(831) 724-8881
Holiday Inn Exprss Hotel & Suites1855 Main StWatsonville, CA13.2 mi.(831) 728-3600
Best Western San Benito Inn660 San Felipe RdHollister, CA13.4 mi.(831) 637-9248
Motel 6 #524125 Silver Leaf DrWatsonville, CA13.6 mi.(831) 728-4144
Ridgemark Golf & Country Club Resort3800 Airline HwyHollister, CA17.4 mi.(831) 637-8151
Seascape Resort1 Seascape Resort DrAptos, CA17.5 mi.(831) 688-6800
Rio Sands Motel116 Aptos BCH DrAptos, CA18.4 mi.(831) 688-3207
Seacliff Inn Best Western7500 Old Dominion CTAptos, CA19.1 mi.(831) 688-7300
Oakwood Worldwide At Monterey Grove6100 Monterey RdSan Jose, CA19.2 mi.(650) 528-5060
Residence Inn-san Jose6111 San Ignacio AveSan Jose, CA19.5 mi.(209) 234-6041
Extended Stay America6199 San Ignacio AveSan Jose, CA19.6 mi.(408) 226-4499
Extended Stay Deluxe6189 San Ignacio AveSan Jose, CA19.6 mi.(408) 229-9188
Holiday Inn Silicon Valley399 Silicon Valley BlvdSan Jose, CA20.2 mi.(408) 972-7800
Laurel Inn Motel801 W Laurel DrSalinas, CA21.9 mi.(831) 449-2474
Residence Inn Heritage Inn Of Salinas17215 El Rancho WaySalinas, CA21.9 mi.(831) 775-0410
Courtyard By Marriott - Salinas17725 El Rancho WaySalinas, CA22.0 mi.(831) 775-0491
Hayes Conference Center200 Edenvale AveSan Jose, CA22.3 mi.(800) 420-3200
Travelodge - Salinas808 N Main StSalinas, CA22.4 mi.(831) 424-8661
Best Western Inn175 Kern StSalinas, CA22.9 mi.(831) 784-0176
Comfort Inn144 Kern StSalinas, CA22.9 mi.(831) 758-8850
Motel 6 #1370140 Kern StSalinas, CA22.9 mi.(831) 753-1711
Quality Inn Of Salinas181 Kern StSalinas, CA22.9 mi.(831) 770-1400
Bed & Breakfast
Inn At Depot Hill250 Monterey AveCapitola, CA21.3 mi.(831) 462-3376
The Hensley House Bed And Breakfast Inn456 N Third StSan Jose, CA29.2 mi.(408) 298-3537

Gilroy Weather & Climate

East of Monterey Bay, inland just a few miles, is an area of rolling farmland and giant oaks that is blessed with a mild, temperate climate. Located approximately 40 miles from the coast, the cool ocean air regulates the area's temperatures, keeping it warm, but not hot, in summer and mild in winter. It rarely snows here, except occasionally in the surrounding foothills. Winters, however, are damp with an average rainfall of 14 inches, which occurs during winter and early spring. Low clouds or fog is sometimes present in the summertime, although not as prevalent as right along the coastline, and temperatures are generally just a few degrees warmer than nearby Monterey and Carmel.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 59°F 39°F 4.30 in. 54°F
February 64°F 42°F 4.10 in. 54°F
March 67°F 44°F 3.64 in. 54°F
April 73°F 46°F 1.16 in. 54°F
May 78°F 50°F 0.41 in. 55°F
June 84°F 54°F 0.10 in. 57°F
July 88°F 55°F 0.06 in. 59°F
August 87°F 55°F 0.05 in. 60°F
September 85°F 54°F 0.33 in. 59°F
October 79°F 49°F 0.93 in. 59°F
November 67°F 43°F 2.52 in. 56°F
December 60°F 38°F 3.00 in. 54°F

Gilroy Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Hollister Municipal airport (3O7) located about 11 miles southeast of Gilroy in Hollister, California, the Salinas Municipal airport (SNS) located approximately 23 miles south of Gilroy in Salinas, California, the Norman Y Mineta San Jose International airport (SJC) located roughly 31 miles northwest of Gilroy in San Jose, California, the Monterey Peninsula airport (MRY) located around 32 miles southwest of Gilroy in Monterey, California, and finally the Castle airport (MER) located about 60 miles east of Gilroy in Merced, California.

Gilroy Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Bonfante GardensGilroyCA 
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA25.6 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA32.1 mi.
Oakland ZooOaklandCA67.3 mi.
Pixieland ParkConcordCA71.8 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA79.4 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA84.8 mi.
Water Parks
Raging WatersSan JoseCA29.2 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA62.4 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA71.8 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA100.8 mi.
Wild Water AdventuresClovisCA103.8 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA109.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Eagle Ridge Golf ClubGilroyCA 
Gavilan Golf CourseGilroyCA 
Gilroy Golf CourseGilroyCA 
Casserly Par3 Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA12.4 mi.
Spring Hills Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA12.4 mi.
San Juan Oaks Golf ClubHollisterCA12.9 mi.
Seascape Golf ClubAptosCA18.9 mi.
Bolado Park Golf ClubTres PinosCA20.2 mi.
Salinas Fairways Golf CourseSalinasCA23.4 mi.
Twin Creeks Golf CourseSalinasCA23.6 mi.
De Laveaga Golf CourseSanta CruzCA23.7 mi.
Valley Gardens Golf CourseScotts ValleyCA24.6 mi.
Pasatiempo Golf ClubSanta CruzCA25.4 mi.
Pleasant Hills Golf CourseSan JoseCA26.3 mi.
Cinnabar Hills Golf ClubSan JoseCA26.6 mi.
Los Lagos Golf CourseSan JoseCA26.6 mi.
Santa Teresa Golf ClubSan JoseCA26.6 mi.
The Ranch Golf ClubSan JoseCA26.6 mi.
State Parks
Henry Willard Coe State ParkCA13.3 mi. 
Fremont Peak State ParkCA17.4 mi. 
Zmudowski Beach State ParkCA17.7 mi. 
Marina State ParkCA25.3 mi. 
Henry Cowell Redwoods State ParkCA26.7 mi. 
Wilder Ranch State ParkCA29.0 mi. 
Castle Rock State ParkCA33.7 mi. 
Loghry State ParkCA34.0 mi. 
Big Basin Redwoods State ParkCA37.9 mi. 
Portola State ParkCA38.7 mi. 
California Antique Aircraft MuseumSan MartinCA5.9 mi.(Technology)
Capitola Historical MuseumCapitolaCA21.4 mi.(History)
Ecology Hall of FameSanta CruzCA25.6 mi.(Science)
Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad CompanyLos GatosCA27.1 mi.(Technology)
History Museums of San JoseSan JoseCA29.2 mi.(History)
Japanese American Museum of San JoseSan JoseCA29.2 mi.(History)
Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSan JoseCA29.2 mi.(History)
Ableza's Native American Virtual Cultural CenterSan JoseCA29.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Captain Kazooz Kazoo MuseumSan JoseCA29.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Jose Museum of ArtSan JoseCA29.2 mi.(Art)
Children's Discovery MuseumSan JoseCA29.2 mi.(Children's)
San Juan Bautista MissionSeasideCA31.5 mi.(History)
Arnisto GallerySanta ClaraCA32.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Intel MuseumSanta ClaraCA32.1 mi.(Technology)
Stowitts Museum and LibraryPacific GroveCA33.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
California Views Historical Photo CollectionMontereyCA33.3 mi.(History)
Niles Canyon Railway MuseumFremontCA44.0 mi.(Technology)
Niles DepotFremontCA44.0 mi.(Technology)
Hiller Aviation MuseumSan CarlosCA51.5 mi.(Technology)
Silicon Valley Art MuseumBelmontCA52.7 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA29.2 mi.
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA33.3 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA67.3 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA70.8 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA70.8 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA79.4 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA84.8 mi.
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA100.8 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA109.0 mi.
Charles Paddock ZooAtascaderoCA116.1 mi.

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