Destination guide

Watsonville _ it's elementary

Looking for an alternative to the alternative in the central coast? Then trade in counterculture for agriculture with a Watsonville vacation rental. A short drive from the funky shops and college vibe of Santa Cruz, Watsonville can feel worlds apart. It's known for its agricultural industry, historic downtown, and an annual Strawberry Festival, and it's also home to scenic nature preserves, hiking trails, and a popular farmers' market. Outdoor activities are de rigeur, and you'll find a number of outfitters offering kayaking, fishing, and camping excursions, as well as surfing and scuba diving.

Things to do

Watsonville _ meanwhile, back at the ranch...

Looking to get up close and personal with Watsonville's booming agricultural industry? Then check out Gizdich Ranch, where families can spend an afternoon picking strawberries, apples, and whatever else is in season. There's even an on-site bake shop where impatient fruit lovers can pick up ready-made pies, jams, or apple cider _ and if that isn't enough, you can also peruse the goods on offer at the weekly Watsonville Farmers Market. After eating your way through the region's bounty, you can saddle up for an equestrian adventure at Mt. Madonna Stables, exploring the Santa Cruz Mountains on horseback.


Get outta town in Watsonville

With a Watsonville vacation rental, you'll have a wide array of outdoor excursions just outside your door. You can find campsites and hiking trails at the 4,600-acre Mt. Madonna County Park, and the nearby Monterey Bay offers plenty of opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and whalewatching. Looking to hang ten while you're here? Then head to nearby Pleasure Point, an iconic surf spot in Santa Cruz, where surfers flock throughout the year for its easy, reliable break. For a unique perspective on the area's beachfront scenery, you can also give skydiving a shot _ if you dare.


50 shades of grey in Watsonville

Watsonville has a cool-summer Mediterranean climate, which means cold, wet winters and cool-to-mild summers, as well as plenty of overcast days throughout the year. You can leave your star charts at home, since gloomy nights and mornings are particularly common during the summer months. Summers themselves are mild, with an average high of 71_F in June, July, and August. Winters are wet and cooler, with highs hovering around 50_F from December through February. The rainy winter months generally offer the lowest rates on Watsonville vacation rentals, so if you don't mind a little rain, you could reap serious savings. Talk about trickle-down economics.

Natural features

Watsonville _ sittin' on the dock of Monterey Bay

Watsonville lies between the low Santa Cruz Mountains and the sandy, often-overcast beaches of Monterey Bay. On the mountain side, the sprawling Mt. Madonna County Park features redwood forests, open fields, and thick chaparral, and you can spot plenty of species of year-round and migratory birds. Down by the bay, you'll find a number of wetlands and broad, sandy beaches lined with bluffs and dunes. Monterey Bay itself is home to seals, sea otters, and countless fish, as well as seasonal visitors like grey whales, orca, and elephant seals.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Watsonville

The nearest airport is in Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal), located 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Salinas, CA (SNS-Salinas Municipal), which is 18.7 mi (30 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Watsonville?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 793 vacation rentals near Watsonville. From 432 Houses to 175 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Watsonville for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Watsonville?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Watsonville:

  • Southeast Carmel: 211 vacation rentals
  • Eastside Santa Cruz: 232 vacation rentals
  • Seabright: 174 vacation rentals
  • Westside: 193 vacation rentals
  • Carmel Point: 105 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Watsonville?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Watsonville. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sunset State Beach: 1,079 vacation rentals
  • Mount Madonna Center: 878 vacation rentals
  • Watsonville Square Shopping Center: 844 vacation rentals
  • Alfaro Family Vineyards: 882 vacation rentals
  • Pajaro Valley Historical Association: 825 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Watsonville listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Watsonville?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 432 Houses in Watsonville. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Watsonville include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 175 rentals available
  • Villas: 16 rentals available
  • Cottages: 53 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Watsonville?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 115 vacation rentals with pool available in Watsonville. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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