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At its roots, Watsonville is an agricultural community, surrounded by acres of strawberries, brussel sprouts, and apple orchards. Past the farmland is a vibrant city with authentic Mexican cuisine, award-winning breweries and wineries, and some of the most pristine beaches in all of Santa Cruz County. This tight-knit community combines a moderate coastal climate and slow-coast culture with the down-to-earth spirit of hard-working entrepreneurs and farming families who have worked the land for generations.

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What to Do

Farmers Market in the Plaza
The Friday Farmers Market in Watsonville’s historic downtown plaza is a great excuse to leave work a little early. Find fresh local produce and a variety of homemade Mexican cuisine.

Corralitos Wine Trail
Beautiful and sunny Corralitos, is an idyllic spot for grape growing and perfect views. Six independent, family-owned wineries have come together to establish the Corralitos Wine Trail in a small valley that feels like a slice of California heaven.

Gizdich Ranch
Take the whole family to visit the 4th generation, family owned and operated farm. Pick the seasonal fruits right off the vine or trees. Take home a jar of jam, a jug of fresh pressed apple juice, and eat the best pies in the area!

Local Quiet Beaches
Visit Sunset State Beach, a long stretch of sand that lacks the crowds. Stay for the sunset or migrate over to one of the fire pits at neighboring Manresa State Beach to roast s’mores.

Watsonville Wetlands
Located only 10 minutes from the heart of downtown, it’s no surprise that this estuary is a popular destination for school field trips. Students and the general public can easily spend a morning meandering along the peaceful trails, listening to birdsong and the soft splash of local ducks.

Elkhorn Slough
Special place full of wildlife and beauty. Biologically rich estuary provides habitat for a diversity of resident and migratory birds, plants, marine mammals and fish, and has been identified as a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Birding Conservancy.

Where to Go

Staff Of Life Natural Foods will meet all your culinary needs! Multiple shopping centers give you everything you need- from Target to local shops and self care. Checkout local shops such as Corralitos Meat Market or Freedom Meat Locker for fresh local meat ready to hit the grill.

Food & Drinks
The Hangar is a new hub for food, drinks, and fun. Right next to the airport enjoy Beer Mule, Tacos al Fuego, Mr Z's Crepes & Teas,  and Honeylux Coffee to name a few.

Find great Mexican food throughout the city such as Cilantros, El Frijolito Restaurant, Jalisco’s, or Real Colima.

Even your sushi craving is satisfied at Imura.

What Else

Live Earth Farm
Offers school field trips, farm camps, and overnights where youth can learn about environmental stewardship, plant and animal life cycles, and healthy eating habits. Visit on of several other U-pick farms for your fill of the sweet fruit.

The Agricultural History Museum
Where kids can spend hours exploring life on a farm with tractor rides, butter churning, and the rare opportunity to milk a wooden cow.

The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
Endless annual fun good ol’ fashioned fun like carnival rides, pig races, and baling contests.

Public Parks
Numerous parks around the city provide a variety of fun- from disk golf, to skate parks, to indoor soccer fields.