Watsonville travel guide

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You're Going to Love Watsonville

With a population of 51.199, Watsonville is a must-see destination in California, United States.

Where to Eat in Watsonville

If you’re looking for affordable options, Cilantros (1934 Main Street) and Anatum Winery (375 Falcon View Ter) are great picks.

When to visit Watsonville

Watsonville in March
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Watsonville in March
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Watsonville in August, when the average temperature is 17 °C, and the highest can go up to 22 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 3 °C, with an average temperature of 10 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in January, when precipitation is around 115 mm. In contrast, July is usually the driest month of the year in Watsonville, with an average rainfall of 1 mm.

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How to Get to Watsonville


Although Watsonville doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Mineta San Jose Airport (SJC), which is located 52 km from Watsonville. Oakland Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Lufthansa, Air New Zealand, United Airlines and other airlines departing from New Zealand. The shortest flight to Watsonville from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 12h 10m.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Watsonville. The train journey from Watsonville to Sacramento takes 1h 38m and costs around $50 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Merced, expect to pay about $38 for a 2h 55m trip.


Another option to get to Watsonville is to pick up a car hire from San Francisco, which is about 114 km from Watsonville. You’ll find branches of Dollar and Thrifty, among others, in San Francisco.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Watsonville, including FlixBus, Greyhound and Bus. From Oakland, the bus ride to Watsonville takes 32 km and will cost you around $20. From Los Angeles, the ticket costs about $150 for a journey of 684 km.

Airports near Watsonville

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Where to stay in Watsonville

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Valley Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites Watsonville.

Where to stay in popular areas of Watsonville

Hiring a car in Watsonville

Expect to pay $1.84 per litre in Watsonville (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $22.01 and $29.34. The most frequently booked car type in Watsonville is Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Supplier choice car hire (Class Special Car or similar) is, on average, 19% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.