An old "agri-biz" town in south Santa Cruz county, Watsonville is often overlooked by travellers to and from the Bay Area. The second largest town in the county, modern Watsonville is still surrounded by agricultural land. Drive the country roads in the summer and the sweet smell of strawberries will waft across the fields, for Watsonville is the country's largest supplier of fresh strawberries. In th fall, the focus turns to apples, and if you are lucky you will spot signs along the roads offering fresh-picked apples (whatever variety has just come into season) and fresh cider. Watsonville is also a center of flower culture and the local farmers sometimes sell their "extras" for just a few dollars from stands by the road. If you are here on Fridays, take in the local Farmer's Market from 3 - 7 PM. In the fall, there is a bountiful display of just harvested products but you'll find something to tempt you just about any time of year. And if you're too hungry to wait for dinner, you'll find snack foods ranging from tamales to pupusas to roasted corn to cappuccino. Drive away from the town towards the ocean and you will have your pick of beaches, the best known of which is "Pajoro Dunes". Park in the parking lot and trudge up the dunes and you will be rewarded with a grand view of the Pacific Ocean and a clean wide beach that invites strolling, kite flying and lolling about; at most times of the year there will be little competition for blanket space and even in the height of summer you will find lots of room to walk and sun yourself. A few miles north off of Highway 1 in Aptos is Nissene Marks State Park where you can hike through towering redwoods on easy level trails or more ambitiously clamber up rocky paths to the epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. A few miles south of town and you are in a wetlands preserve, Elkhorn Slough where you can spot numerous species of shorebird and, if you are lucky, see egrets fly in to feed their babies, nesting high in the trees along the water. Further down the coast about 20 minutes and you will find yourself in Moss Landing, where you can buy fresh salmon and, in season, dungeness crab, right off the boat. If you're a meat eater, head north out of Watsonville just a couple of miles to Corralitos, where you can find wonderful sausage and barbecued meat at the locally famous Corralitos Market. Wherever you go you will find friendly folks and a small town feel that will make you forget that you are just an hour and half away from Silicon Valley.