School-aged children living in the City of Watsonville are served by the public schools of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. Based in Watsonville, the thirteen elementary schools, six middle schools, five high schools, and five charter schools are all organized and sectioned off into three zones: South, North, and Central Zones, with each zone headed by an assistant superintendent. Private and parochial educational options are also available throughout Watsonville.
Once students have graduated and are ready to obtain their undergraduate degree or certificate, there are over 20 institutions of higher learning within a 50 mile radius. Watsonville is within proximity to some of the best schools within the California State and University of California education system, such as California State University-Monterey Bay, San Jose State University, and University of California-Santa Cruz. All are within distance to the gorgeous beaches of California, which adds to the laid-back lifestyle of this city. Other nearby colleges and universities include Santa Clara University, Cabrillo College, Gavilan College, West Valley College, and Monsbey College.
ECONOMY & JOB MARKET
Watsonville's economy is supported by the agricultural industry, with the Pajaro Valley being one of the top agricultural producers within the state. A few of the area's primary crops include strawberries, cauliflower, broccoli, artichokes, apples, and fresh flowers. Even though the agricultural industry is the mainstay of the area's economy, Watsonville has been diversifying into other areas including manufacturing and service firms, electronics, and distribution centers of non-agricultural products.
A few national companies are headquartered within the City of Watsonville, including S. Martinelli and Co., West Marine Products, Driscoll Strawberries, Granite Construction Company and Monterey Mushroom, to name a few. Other top employers within the county include Watsonville Community Hospital, Cabrillo College, Fox Factory, Inc., and Ameri-Kleen Building Services.
ATTRACTIONS & POINTS OF INTEREST
Watsonville hosts a plethora of community-wide events that encourage residents to come out and socialize with their friends and neighbors. Throughout the year, residents look forward to Cinco de Mayo celebrations along the Downtown Plaza, Earth Day events, the Watsonville Fly-in and Air Show, Spirit of Watsonville Independence Day Parade & Celebration, the Watsonville Strawberry Festival, Santa Cruz County Fair, Monterey Bay Birding Festival, and of course, the Holiday in Lights celebrations.
Patrons of the arts won't want to miss out on the many performances of the Pajaro Valley Performing Arts Association. The PVPAA regularly performs at the Henry J. Mello Center for the Performing Arts which seats up to 778 patrons. Cultural performances, plays and youth symphonic performances are just a few of the productions that take place at this community theatre.
If you're a wine enthusiast, then you're in luck for Santa Cruz County is one of three counties that are part of the Santa Cruz Mountains American Viticultural Area. A wine tasting tour is a must in this part of the county and the Santa Cruz Mountains are home to over 70 wineries that produce Cabernet Sauvignons, Ports, Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Zinfandels, and a variety of other blends. Some notable wineries worth making the trip include the David Bruce Winery, Ridge Vineyards, Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards, Bonny Doon Vineyard, Byington Vineyard, Mountain Winery, and Kathryn Kennedy Winery.
PARKS & RECREATION
Residents have no trouble finding something to do for Watsonville has access to just about everything within arm's reach. Since Watsonville is located right by Highway 1, residents can travel north to get to Soquel, Capitola, and Santa Cruz, or south to get to Moss Landing, Castroville, Marina State Beach and Dunes State Park. The beauty of Highway 1 is that no matter which direction you head out, you're guaranteed to be greeted by the most gorgeous scenery and bayside breezes that Santa Cruz County is known for. And if you need to take a quick break from the drive, just pull over to any of the local and state beaches and admire the surrounding natural beauty.
Speaking of local and state beaches, Santa Cruz County's 29 miles of scenic beaches offers something for everyone. Whether you're looking to go camping at Sunset State Beach, fishing at Seacliff State Beach, kayaking at Capitola Beach, whale watching at the bluffs of Davenport Beach, swimming at Twin Lakes State Beach, or just people watching at Main Beach in Santa Cruz, you can have it all in Santa Cruz County.
Whether you're a duffer or the next Tiger Woods, Watsonville has a number of golf courses that will surely challenge your skill level as a golfer. Area golf courses include the Pajaro Valley Golf Club, Spring Hills Golf Course, Aptos Seascape Golf Course, Gilroy Golf Course, Eagle Ridge Golf Club and Cordevalle Golf Club, in addition to De Laveaga Golf Course and Pasatiempo Golf Course in nearby Santa Cruz.
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