Watsonville, CA, USA

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Watsonville, CA, USA

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.