The center of agricultural prosperity in California, Watsonville is located in the Pajaro River Valley and is home to thousands of individuals and families, schools, churches, and farming communities. Visitors come to explore the local wetlands and parks, stroll through the historic downtown area, visit “u-pick” farms for berries and apples, kick up the sand at Sunset Beach, golf, and attend the annual Santa Cruz County Fair and Watsonville Fly-In. The area also supports many commercial and retail ventures, manufacturers, and Pajaro Dunes, a gated resort community where vacationers stay in luxurious homes and condominiums just steps from the beach
Watsonville, California is known all over the world for its long and rich heritage as a center for agriculture – especially berries. What many may not know is that Watsonville is a proving ground for entrepreneurs and businesses from all types of industries and emerging technologies. Its central location, nestled between the Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz mountains, offers growing companies quick and easy highway access, while avoiding daily traffic snarls. Watsonville’s location is topped only by its ideal climate and the rustic, small town charm of a close-knit rural community. The Watsonville Area offers beaches, mountains, wine, food, activities and more!
Watsonville is located 95 miles south of San Francisco at the southern end of Santa Cruz County, covers 6.6 square miles, and has a population of 51,612 (January 2013). It is a quick 30 minute drive to Monterey and less than an hour from the beautiful Big Sur coastline. Silicon Valley is less than 45 minutes away from our charming town.
Attractions and Amenities
- Hotels, motels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, camping, RV
- Restaurants and shopping
- Beaches, biking, golfing, parks
- Special Attractions – Historic Downtown and landmarks
- Annual Events – Santa Cruz County Fair, Strawberry Festival, Watsonville Fly-In and Air Show, Watsonville Film Festival
Neighborhoods and Communities
Shaped like a pair of pants, the area called Freedom is a tiny spot of land sandwiched between Larkin Valley, Amesti, and Watsonville. Originally known as “Whiskey Hill” for its disreputable distilleries and saloons, Freedom is now shared by homeowners and a commercial corridor with shops, restaurants, and services.
Its name derived from the Latin “inter lacus,” or “between the lakes,” Interlaken is a 10 mile square of neighborhoods and farmland located between Pinto Lake and Lake Tynan.
As it crosses the Pajaro River, Watsonville becomes the working community of Pajaro before it fades into expansive fields along the Monterey County border.
Watsonville Wikipedia entry