Strawberry fields and apple orchards provide a gorgeous backdrop that welcomes visitors. The Pajaro Valley – which can be seen from the summit of Mount Madonna – includes the communities of Corralitos, Freedom, La Selva Beach, Pajaro, Royal Oaks, Pajaro Dunes, and Watsonville. A variety of options awaits; from an early morning bird watching excursion to an afternoon at a u-pick farm or museum, sunset stroll on an expansive beach or attending a signature festival.
Take a tour of the Agricultural History Museum! Located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, the museum features restored horse-drawn equipment, interpretive exhibits and other vintage items. Participate in a 2nd Saturday on the Farm, where agricultural experts highlight various aspects of daily life on the farm through interactive activities, arts & crafts, and more!
Admire the expansive acres of produce as you drive through the region and marvel at the very place where fertile soil and mild climate yield some of the nation’s finest produce. Buy your own fresh produce, flowers and one-of-a-kind art at the Watsonville Certified Farmer’s Market, which occurs every Friday year round.
Enjoy a free cider tasting at the original Martinelli’s Company Store! This tasting room features complimentary samples of your favorite Martinelli’s products and more! Purchase products by the case, apparel and merchandise as well as learn about Martinelli’s Company History.
Spend your vacation lazing the days away on a south county beach. Manresa State Beach invites you to bring your four-legged friend on leash and enjoy a walk, run or a lazy day in the sunshine. Enjoy a picnic near the top of the bluff at the tables provided for panoramic views of both the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Monterey Bay. Here, you can drive by scenic Pajaro Dunes Resort – a Watsonville based strand of beachfront vacation rentals with breathtaking views and up-close opportunities to see wildlife in their natural habitat. This beach is ideal for spotting wildlife both on the land and sea. During the early spring, Snowy Plovers begin to hatch along Manresa State Beach, which can be seen from a safe distance on the sand.
In the southern part of the county, amongst fields of strawberries and across the street from the local airport is the Watsonville Hangar: a hopping local foodie destination. There is something for every palate in this naval-air-station-turned-gastronome’s-heaven.READ MORE >>
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Chart your course for an exciting wildlife adventure in Santa Cruz County. The Birding and Wildlife Watching Kit features descriptions of birding and wildlife sites, maps, lists of events, tours, and other resources for birding and wildlife enthusiasts.READ MORE >>