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Watsonville is located in the heart of the Pajaro Valley, one of the richest agricultural valleys in the country. This pretty little town is south of San Francisco along Highway 101, just minutes from Monterey Bay. As you approach Watsonville, you will first see miles and miles of fields of strawberries, artichokes, broccoli, lettuce and more. The mild weather and diverse land makes the area surrounding Watsonville perfect for growing more than 60 different crops. Known as the "Strawberry Capital of the World," Watsonville has a hometown feel to it. Each year the town celebrates its culture and heritage with a Cinco de Mayo celebration in May, a Spirit of Watsonville and Independence Day Celebration in July, and various other harvest festivals and cultural events throughout the year. A weekly Farmer's Market is held April through October, and the town has become well known for their annual "Antique Fly-In," an event that features antique aircraft. Watsonville is also home to Sunset State Beach. This pristine beach is bordered by agricultural fields and features large sand dunes, pine trees and numerous picnic spots. Just a short drive takes you to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the famous 17-Mile Drive, championship golf courses and the quaint towns of Carmel-by-the Sea, Pacific Grove and Monterey. For a quiet, secluded, yet convenient vacation spot near the ocean, surrounded by rolling hills and farmland, state parks and forests, Watsonville is a good choice.

Surrounding areas: Corralitos, California (5.3 mi), La Selva Beach, California (5.6 mi), Rio del Mar, California (8.2 mi), Aptos, California (9.0 mi), Castro Valley, California (9.2 mi), Capitola, California (11.2 mi), Monterey Bay, California (11.2 mi)

Watsonville Vacation Rentals

Watsonville Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Inn740 Freedom BlvdWatsonville, CA (831) 724-3367
Comfort Inn Watsonville112 Airport BlvdWatsonville, CA (831) 728-2300
Holiday Inn Exprss Hotel & Suites1855 Main StWatsonville, CA (831) 728-3600
Motel 6 #524125 Silver Leaf DrWatsonville, CA (831) 728-4144
Watsonville Inn970 Main StWatsonville, CA (831) 724-8881
Seascape Resort1 Seascape Resort DrAptos, CA6.7 mi.(831) 688-6800
Rio Sands Motel116 Aptos BCH DrAptos, CA8.4 mi.(831) 688-3207
Seacliff Inn Best Western7500 Old Dominion CTAptos, CA9.2 mi.(831) 688-7300
Hilton Garden Inn Gilroy6070 Monterey StGilroy, CA12.2 mi.(408) 840-7000
Motel 6 #0256110 Monterey HwyGilroy, CA12.2 mi.(408) 842-6061
National 9 Inn5530 Monterey HwyGilroy, CA12.2 mi.(408) 842-6464
Ramada Ltd360 Leavesley RdGilroy, CA12.7 mi.(408) 848-1467
Comfort Inn-gilroy8292 Murray AveGilroy, CA12.8 mi.(408) 848-3500
Rodeway Inn611 Leavesley RdGilroy, CA13.1 mi.(408) 847-0688
Super 8 Motel - Gilroy8435 San Ysidro AveGilroy, CA13.1 mi.(408) 848-4108
Santa Cruz Inn2950 Soquel AveSanta Cruz, CA13.1 mi.(831) 475-6322
Chaminade1 Chaminade LnSanta Cruz, CA13.2 mi.(831) 475-5600
Comfort Inn - Beach & Boardwalk314 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA14.4 mi.(831) 471-9999
Super 8 Motel321 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA14.4 mi.(831) 423-9449
Super 8 Motel338 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA14.4 mi.(831) 426-3707
Best Inn & Suites600 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA14.5 mi.(831) 458-9660
Motel Continental414 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA14.5 mi.(831) 429-1221
Best Western All Suites Inn500 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA14.6 mi.(831) 458-9898
Casa Blanca Motel101 Main StSanta Cruz, CA14.6 mi.(831) 423-1570
Santa Cruz Travelodge525 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA14.6 mi.(831) 426-2300
Victorian Inn Motel516 Water StSanta Cruz, CA14.8 mi.(831) 426-6111
Quality Inn1101 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA14.9 mi.(831) 427-1616
Best Western Inn Santa Cruz126 Plymouth StSanta Cruz, CA15.0 mi.(831) 425-4717
Hampton Inn Santa Cruz1505 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA15.0 mi.(831) 457-8000
Palomar Inn1344 Pacific AveSanta Cruz, CA15.0 mi.(831) 423-7000
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley6001 Ln Madrona DrSanta Cruz, CA15.2 mi.(831) 440-1000
Mission Inn Motel2250 MSN StSanta Cruz, CA15.2 mi.(831) 425-5455
Peachview Inn157 Franklin St #51Santa Cruz, CA15.2 mi.(831) 426-3575
Ramada LTD130 W CLF DrSanta Cruz, CA15.2 mi.(831) 423-7737
Marina Dunes Resort3295 Dunes DrMarina, CA15.3 mi.(877) 944-3863
Quality Inn3280 Dunes DrMarina, CA15.4 mi.(800) 550-0055
Travelodge-marina BCH3290 Dunes DrMarina, CA15.4 mi.(831) 883-0300
Holiday Inn & Suites Hotel & Suites Marina189 Seaside CirMarina, CA15.9 mi.(800) 228-7555
Motel 6 #1026100 Reservation RdMonterey, CA15.9 mi.(831) 384-1000
Comfort Inn16225 Condit RdMorgan Hill, CA15.9 mi.(408) 778-3400
Bed & Breakfast
Inn At Depot Hill250 Monterey AveCapitola, CA11.0 mi.(831) 462-3376
Carriage House InnJunipero Between 7th & 8th AveCarmel-By-The-Sea, CA26.7 mi.(831) 625-2585
The Hensley House Bed And Breakfast Inn456 N Third StSan Jose, CA29.9 mi.(408) 298-3537

Watsonville Weather & Climate

The Central Pacific Coast, between San Francisco and the Monterey Bay, enjoys a mild, Mediterranean type climate. It can be cloudy and damp in the wintertime but spring through fall is sunny, warm and dry - perfect for enjoying the area's beaches. This region that is at the northern tip of the Monterey Bay does not experience much variation in daytime temperatures, but nights are generally cooler in winter than in summer. The rainy season runs late October through early April, with the rest of the year experiencing only a trace of precipitation. Early morning fog is common along the coast in the summertime, due to warm air moving across the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean. Due to very dry conditions in summer, wildfire is always a threat in the forested mountain regions and in winter, mudslides can occur on mountain roads when lots of rain is received over a period of a few days.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 60°F 38°F 4.72 in. 55°F
February 62°F 41°F 4.45 in. 56°F
March 63°F 43°F 3.92 in. 56°F
April 67°F 44°F 1.62 in. 57°F
May 68°F 48°F 0.51 in. 57°F
June 71°F 50°F 0.12 in. 59°F
July 72°F 52°F 0.08 in. 62°F
August 72°F 53°F 0.07 in. 64°F
September 73°F 52°F 0.29 in. 63°F
October 72°F 48°F 1.06 in. 61°F
November 65°F 42°F 3.00 in. 60°F
December 60°F 38°F 3.41 in. 57°F

Watsonville Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Monterey Peninsula airport (MRY) located about 23 miles south of Watsonville in Monterey, California, the Norman Y Mineta San Jose International airport (SJC) located approximately 31 miles northwest of Watsonville in San Jose, California, the San Francisco International airport (SFO) located roughly 58 miles northwest of Watsonville in San Francisco, California, and finally the Metropolitan Oakland International airport (OAK) located around 60 miles northwest of Watsonville in Oakland, California.

Watsonville Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Bonfante GardensGilroyCA12.4 mi.
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA15.2 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA31.8 mi.
Oakland ZooOaklandCA67.1 mi.
Pixieland ParkConcordCA74.5 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA86.2 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA87.9 mi.
Water Parks
Raging WatersSan JoseCA29.9 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA74.4 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA74.5 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA110.8 mi.
Wild Water AdventuresClovisCA114.2 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA115.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Casserly Par3 Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA 
Spring Hills Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA 
Seascape Golf ClubAptosCA9.0 mi.
Eagle Ridge Golf ClubGilroyCA12.5 mi.
Gavilan Golf CourseGilroyCA12.5 mi.
Gilroy Golf CourseGilroyCA12.5 mi.
De Laveaga Golf CourseSanta CruzCA13.9 mi.
Pasatiempo Golf ClubSanta CruzCA14.9 mi.
Valley Gardens Golf CourseScotts ValleyCA16.3 mi.
San Juan Oaks Golf ClubHollisterCA17.7 mi.
Twin Creeks Golf CourseSalinasCA18.4 mi.
Salinas Fairways Golf CourseSalinasCA19.1 mi.
BayonetBlack Horse Golf CourseSeasideCA21.9 mi.
Pacific Grove Municipal Golf CoursePacific GroveCA22.5 mi.
Laguna Seca Golf ClubMontereyCA23.2 mi.
Poppy Hills Golf CoursePebble BeachCA25.4 mi.
Bolado Park Golf ClubTres PinosCA26.1 mi.
Rancho Canada Golf ClubCarmelCA26.9 mi.
Cinnabar Hills Golf ClubSan JoseCA27.2 mi.
Los Lagos Golf CourseSan JoseCA27.2 mi.
Santa Teresa Golf ClubSan JoseCA27.2 mi.
The Ranch Golf ClubSan JoseCA27.2 mi.
Pleasant Hills Golf CourseSan JoseCA29.0 mi.
State Parks
Zmudowski Beach State ParkCA6.5 mi. 
Marina State ParkCA16.0 mi. 
Henry Cowell Redwoods State ParkCA17.3 mi. 
Fremont Peak State ParkCA18.3 mi. 
Wilder Ranch State ParkCA18.4 mi. 
Henry Willard Coe State ParkCA23.6 mi. 
Castle Rock State ParkCA28.7 mi. 
Loghry State ParkCA29.2 mi. 
Big Basin Redwoods State ParkCA30.9 mi. 
Garrapata State ParkCA32.8 mi. 
Portola State ParkCA33.1 mi. 
Ano Nuevo Island State ParkCA33.6 mi. 
Cascade Ranch State ParkCA35.2 mi. 
Butano State ParkCA36.1 mi. 
Capitola Historical MuseumCapitolaCA11.1 mi.(History)
California Antique Aircraft MuseumSan MartinCA14.2 mi.(Technology)
Ecology Hall of FameSanta CruzCA15.2 mi.(Science)
San Juan Bautista MissionSeasideCA21.9 mi.(History)
Stowitts Museum and LibraryPacific GroveCA22.5 mi.(Miscellaneous)
California Views Historical Photo CollectionMontereyCA23.2 mi.(History)
Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad CompanyLos GatosCA24.1 mi.(Technology)
History Museums of San JoseSan JoseCA29.9 mi.(History)
Japanese American Museum of San JoseSan JoseCA29.9 mi.(History)
Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSan JoseCA29.9 mi.(History)
Ableza's Native American Virtual Cultural CenterSan JoseCA29.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Captain Kazooz Kazoo MuseumSan JoseCA29.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Jose Museum of ArtSan JoseCA29.9 mi.(Art)
Children's Discovery MuseumSan JoseCA29.9 mi.(Children's)
Arnisto GallerySanta ClaraCA31.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Intel MuseumSanta ClaraCA31.8 mi.(Technology)
Niles Canyon Railway MuseumFremontCA45.1 mi.(Technology)
Niles DepotFremontCA45.1 mi.(Technology)
Hiller Aviation MuseumSan CarlosCA48.9 mi.(Technology)
Silicon Valley Art MuseumBelmontCA50.1 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA23.2 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA29.9 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA67.1 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA69.2 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA69.2 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA86.2 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA87.9 mi.
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA110.8 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA115.8 mi.
Charles Paddock ZooAtascaderoCA116.2 mi.

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