Lodging, Food and Fun

Lodging opportunities are available all through the area. You can key your location to the particular birds you would like to enjoy. You can book at motels adjacent to our best kept secret – our miles and miles of wetlands, with miles and miles of newly constructed trails and intriguing wetlands birds. Or you can reserve rooms closer to the shore and enjoy the diversity of shorebirds. Or perhaps you would rather stay downtown where you can walk to some of our restaurants. Or perhaps you would like to stay in a bed & breakfast inn. Be sure and ask about the special birding festival rates. Santa Cruz County offers California State Parks and KOA Kampgrounds of America. Be sure to check the State Parks and KOA websites for availability.

The Pajaro Valley is an autumn feast for the eyes – strawberry fields, raspberry vines, apple orchards and artichoke patches. Taste our cuisine, with sumptuous flavors for every palate – Japanese, Thai, Italian, Mexican, seafood, “down home,” and continental. You will always enjoy fresh ingredients from our local fields, including a cornucopia of organic produce.

Whatever you choose, you will find something just right for a birding weekend!

Places to stay in Santa Cruz

Restaurants in Santa Cruz

Things to do in Santa Cruz


Best Western Rose Garden Inn
740 Freedom Blvd.
Watsonville, CA 95076

Restaurants in Watsonville

Please support the merchants who support us! (identified in bold type)

Early Morning

Starbucks 1423 Main St. 5am-10pm

Starbucks 2024 Freedom Blvd. 5am-10pm

Starbucks 2010 Freedom Blvd. inside Safeway 5am-10pm

McDonalds 1459 Main St. 5am-12am

McDonalds 1598 Freedom Blvd. 5am-12am

2nd Street Café 28 2nd St. #100 Watsonville 6am-5pm

Subway 2nd St. 7am-10pm

Jack in the Box 1085 S Green Valley Road. Open 24 hours

Jack in the Box 1700 Freedom Blvd. Open 24 Hours

Nob Hill Foods 1912 Main St.


Red Apple Café 589 Auto Center Dr. 7am-3pm

Cowboys Corner Café 946 Main St. 6am-2pm

Olivias Café 1047 Freedom Blvd. 8am-8pm

Wooden Nickel Bar & Grill 1819 Freedom Blvd 9am-8pm dining open until 11pm

The Beach Street Café 435 W. Beach St. 7am-2pm

Café Ella 734 E. Lake Ave #1 6:30am-4pm

Cadillac Café 2906 Freedom Blvd. 8am-2pm

Subway 7 2nd St. 7am-10pm


Erik’s Deli 1074 S. Green Valley Rd. 9am-9pm

Freedom Meat Locker 160 Hi Grade Lane 9am-4pm

TOGO’s Sandwiches 1985 Main St. 10am-8pm

Carmona’s BBQ Deli 1040 E Lake Ave. 11am-8:30pm

Subway 7 2nd St. 7am-10pm

Lunch & Dinner

Sukhothai 1433 Main St. 11am-9pm

Imura Japanese Restaurant 1994 Main St. 11am-9pm

The Fish House 972 Main St. 11am-2pm, 4pm-9pm

Applebee’s Grill & Bar 1105 S. Green Valley Rd. 11am-12am

Golden China 1866 Main St. 10:30am-9pm

Sushi Garden 1441 Main St. 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-9pm

Imura Japanese 1994 Main St. 11am-9pm

California Grill and Bar 40 Penny Lane 7am-2:30pm, 5pm-9pm

Ella’s at the Airport 100 Aviation Way 11am-9pm

Miyuki Restaurant 452 E. Lake Ave. 11:30am-1:30pm, 5pm-9pm

Cilantros 1934 Main Street. 11am-10pm

Jalisco Restaurante 618 Main Street Fri. 11am-10pm, Sat. Sun. 9am-10pm