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Hollister is a small town located in San Benito County, of which it is the county seat, just northeast of the town of Salinas on the central coast. It's situated between the Gavilan and Diablo Ranges of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and was founded as a ranching and farming community in 1872. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the state with a population that has tripled since 1980 (from just over 11,000 to 36,599 today.) A town with Old West charm and independence, Hollister has a strong local economy, is a small town yet with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. It is served by several major highways and is located approximately 100 miles southeast of San Francisco, and just 40 miles east of the Monterey Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean. Thus the town of Hollister has many recreational opportunities, not only those found on the Peninsula, and also the nearby Pinnacles National Park, Hollister Hills State Recreational Area, the San Justo Reservoir and the Thousand Trails Campground. Just a few of the outdoor activities include swimming, surfing, fishing and boating, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and golf. A short drive takes you to the seaside communities of Monterey, Pacific Grove and Carmel and many well known attractions such as The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, the Point Pinos Lighthouse, the quaint shops of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Point Lobos and the magnificent Big Sur coastline.

Surrounding areas: San Juan Bautista, California (7.6 mi), Castro Valley, California (13.2 mi), Gilroy, California (14.0 mi), Salinas, California (18.5 mi), Watsonville, California (20.6 mi), Corralitos, California (24.3 mi), La Selva Beach, California (26.2 mi)

Hollister Vacation Rentals

Hollister Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western San Benito Inn660 San Felipe RdHollister, CA (831) 637-9248
Ridgemark Golf & Country Club Resort3800 Airline HwyHollister, CA (831) 637-8151
National 9 Inn5530 Monterey HwyGilroy, CA13.1 mi.(408) 842-6464
Hilton Garden Inn Gilroy6070 Monterey StGilroy, CA13.2 mi.(408) 840-7000
Motel 6 #0256110 Monterey HwyGilroy, CA13.2 mi.(408) 842-6061
Comfort Inn-gilroy8292 Murray AveGilroy, CA14.8 mi.(408) 848-3500
Rodeway Inn611 Leavesley RdGilroy, CA14.9 mi.(408) 847-0688
Super 8 Motel - Gilroy8435 San Ysidro AveGilroy, CA14.9 mi.(408) 848-4108
Ramada Ltd360 Leavesley RdGilroy, CA15.0 mi.(408) 848-1467
Econo Lodge180 S Sanborn RdSalinas, CA17.8 mi.(831) 422-5111
America's Best Value Inn1030 Fairview AveSalinas, CA17.9 mi.(831) 422-6486
Best Western Inn175 Kern StSalinas, CA17.9 mi.(831) 784-0176
Comfort Inn144 Kern StSalinas, CA17.9 mi.(831) 758-8850
Motel 6 #1370140 Kern StSalinas, CA17.9 mi.(831) 753-1711
Motel 61010 Fairview AveSalinas, CA17.9 mi.(831) 758-2122
Quality Inn Of Salinas181 Kern StSalinas, CA17.9 mi.(831) 770-1400
Travelodge - Salinas808 N Main StSalinas, CA17.9 mi.(831) 424-8661
Laurel Inn Motel801 W Laurel DrSalinas, CA18.0 mi.(831) 449-2474
Courtyard By Marriott - Salinas17725 El Rancho WaySalinas, CA18.3 mi.(831) 775-0491
Good Nite Inn Salinas545 Work StSalinas, CA18.4 mi.(831) 757-9667
Residence Inn Heritage Inn Of Salinas17215 El Rancho WaySalinas, CA18.4 mi.(831) 775-0410
Days Inn1226 De Ln Torre StSalinas, CA18.5 mi.(831) 759-9900
Motel 6 #6391257 Dela Torre BlvdSalinas, CA18.5 mi.(831) 757-3077
Holiday Inn Express Salex131 John StSalinas, CA18.7 mi.(831) 757-1020
Ramada Limited109 John StSalinas, CA18.8 mi.(831) 424-4801
El Rey Motel443 W Market StSalinas, CA18.9 mi.(831) 422-0497
Best Western Inn740 Freedom BlvdWatsonville, CA20.4 mi.(831) 724-3367
Watsonville Inn970 Main StWatsonville, CA20.7 mi.(831) 724-8881
Holiday Inn Exprss Hotel & Suites1855 Main StWatsonville, CA21.4 mi.(831) 728-3600
Comfort Inn Watsonville112 Airport BlvdWatsonville, CA21.7 mi.(831) 728-2300
Motel 6 #524125 Silver Leaf DrWatsonville, CA21.7 mi.(831) 728-4144
Ramada Morgan Hill/San Jose16115 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA22.3 mi.(408) 779-7666
Comfort Inn16225 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA22.5 mi.(408) 778-3400
Microtel Inn & Suites16245 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA22.5 mi.(408) 782-5000
Executive Inn Suites16505 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA23.0 mi.(408) 778-0404
Quality Inn16525 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA23.0 mi.(888) 434-1444
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites17035 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA23.5 mi.(877) 776-7670
Super 828821 W Gonzaga RdSanta Nella, CA24.0 mi.(209) 827-8700
Lamplighter Motel250 S Alta StGonzales, CA24.3 mi.(831) 675-3691
Heritage Marina Days Inn416 Reservation RdMarina, CA24.3 mi.(831) 384-9784

Hollister 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 61°F 37°F 2.86 in. 54°F
February 63°F 40°F 2.71 in. 54°F
March 66°F 41°F 2.37 in. 54°F
April 70°F 43°F 0.79 in. 54°F
May 73°F 46°F 0.36 in. 55°F
June 78°F 50°F 0.05 in. 57°F
July 80°F 52°F 0.04 in. 59°F
August 81°F 52°F 0.06 in. 60°F
September 81°F 51°F 0.21 in. 59°F
October 78°F 47°F 0.64 in. 59°F
November 67°F 41°F 1.87 in. 56°F
December 61°F 36°F 1.65 in. 54°F

Hollister Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Hollister Municipal airport (3O7) located about 2 miles north of Hollister, the Salinas Municipal airport (SNS) located approximately 17 miles southwest of Hollister in Salinas, California, the Monterey Peninsula airport (MRY) located roughly 30 miles southwest of Hollister in Monterey, California, the Norman Y Mineta San Jose International airport (SJC) located around 45 miles northwest of Hollister in San Jose, California, and finally the Castle airport (MER) located about 58 miles northeast of Hollister in Merced, California.

Hollister Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Bonfante GardensGilroyCA14.0 mi.
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA35.8 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA46.2 mi.
Oakland ZooOaklandCA81.3 mi.
Pixieland ParkConcordCA85.1 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA88.6 mi.
Water Parks
Raging WatersSan JoseCA43.3 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA64.9 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA85.1 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA90.4 mi.
Wild Water AdventuresClovisCA94.0 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA119.6 mi.
Golf Courses
San Juan Oaks Golf ClubHollisterCA 
Bolado Park Golf ClubTres PinosCA6.2 mi.
Eagle Ridge Golf ClubGilroyCA13.5 mi.
Gavilan Golf CourseGilroyCA13.5 mi.
Gilroy Golf CourseGilroyCA13.5 mi.
Salinas Fairways Golf CourseSalinasCA17.5 mi.
Twin Creeks Golf CourseSalinasCA18.7 mi.
Casserly Par3 Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA20.6 mi.
Spring Hills Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA20.6 mi.
Seascape Golf ClubAptosCA29.4 mi.
State Parks
Fremont Peak State ParkCA8.4 mi. 
Zmudowski Beach State ParkCA22.1 mi. 
Henry Willard Coe State ParkCA24.0 mi. 
Marina State ParkCA24.8 mi. 
Henry Cowell Redwoods State ParkCA37.7 mi. 
Wilder Ranch State ParkCA39.0 mi. 
Garrapata State ParkCA39.1 mi. 
California Antique Aircraft MuseumSan MartinCA19.8 mi.(Technology)
San Juan Bautista MissionSeasideCA30.0 mi.(History)
Capitola Historical MuseumCapitolaCA31.6 mi.(History)
California Views Historical Photo CollectionMontereyCA32.4 mi.(History)
Stowitts Museum and LibraryPacific GroveCA32.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Ecology Hall of FameSanta CruzCA35.8 mi.(Science)
Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad CompanyLos GatosCA40.8 mi.(Technology)
History Museums of San JoseSan JoseCA43.3 mi.(History)
Japanese American Museum of San JoseSan JoseCA43.3 mi.(History)
Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSan JoseCA43.3 mi.(History)
Ableza's Native American Virtual Cultural CenterSan JoseCA43.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Captain Kazooz Kazoo MuseumSan JoseCA43.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Jose Museum of ArtSan JoseCA43.3 mi.(Art)
Children's Discovery MuseumSan JoseCA43.3 mi.(Children's)
Arnisto GallerySanta ClaraCA46.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Intel MuseumSanta ClaraCA46.2 mi.(Technology)
Niles Canyon Railway MuseumFremontCA57.9 mi.(Technology)
Niles DepotFremontCA57.9 mi.(Technology)
Great Valley Museum of Natural HistoryModestoCA58.7 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA32.4 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA43.3 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA81.3 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA84.8 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA84.8 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA88.6 mi.
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA90.4 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA98.4 mi.
Charles Paddock ZooAtascaderoCA102.6 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA119.6 mi.

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