Skip to content

Things to do in San Benito County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Perfect for a day trip, explore the park on one of the many beautiful hiking trails.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The best mission in California in one of my favorite little towns in California.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
$$
“The #1 place in San Juan Bautista to eat! Excellent and authentic Mexican food w/GINORMOUS portions. I personally recommend getting 1 order of the chicken nachos - with 2 or more plates to split it. You'll all still go home full! And happy too if you wash it down with a margarita . . . ;-)”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“If you have the need to get off-road, Hollister Hills is close by. I'll make sure you have a hose to wash off when you get back!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Food & Drink Shop
“Our local Windmill Market is a perfect spot to pick up some fresh sandwiches (made to order!) bakery items, snacks, beer or wine. Staff is super friendly and prices are reasonable. You can assemble a gourmet picnic and bring it to the tent to enjoy as you watch the sun set on our deck, by the fire. It's heaven!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
$$
“They say it's the crown jewel of Hollister, California. This farm-to-table eatery features a wide array of fish, meats and pizzas. With live music and a dance floor. A great location for a relaxing meal with friends and family. The Grove is also a kid-friendly place. If you're looking for a romantic and perfect ambiance this is the place.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
$
“Local coffee shop that makes a mean cuppa joe. Great coffees, they grind there own beans right inside the shop, and they have one of the nicer patios in town. Relax, sip your latte, and grab a book from the book swap outside!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
$$
“Great food and drinks with great service. Soda, wine, beer, burgers, grilled meats, fries and salads.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Lodging
“"Lying deep in the Los Padres National Forest is a place filled with tranquility, peace and beauty. Tassajara Hot Springs is a Buddhist Monastery that opens their doors to visitors each summer. One can explore the Zen teachings, take part in meditation, guest lectures, hiking, relaxing, and of course hot springs."”
  • 5 locals recommend
Food
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great local spot for delicious Indian food. Favorite dish: palak paneer and mushroom matar.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Zoo
“Up close an personal view of exotic animals with educational video and tour every day. Perfect for kids. See website. 5 minutes”
  • 2 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Enjoy Horseback riding on the Salinas River State Beach along our community. You may ask for the horse to come to the beach right in front our unit and start your ride from there. Other people can use the Digi-Scoping in our living room to take pictures or video.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Food
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“The #1 place in San Juan Bautista to eat! Excellent and authentic Mexican food w/GINORMOUS portions. I personally recommend getting 1 order of the chicken nachos - with 2 or more plates to split it. You'll all still go home full! And happy too if you wash it down with a margarita . . . ;-)”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“They say it's the crown jewel of Hollister, California. This farm-to-table eatery features a wide array of fish, meats and pizzas. With live music and a dance floor. A great location for a relaxing meal with friends and family. The Grove is also a kid-friendly place. If you're looking for a romantic and perfect ambiance this is the place.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
“Great food and drinks with great service. Soda, wine, beer, burgers, grilled meats, fries and salads.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great local spot for delicious Indian food. Favorite dish: palak paneer and mushroom matar.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“Hard to beat a great burger, fries and a coke - old school glass bottle and all! Prices are a bit steep here, but at least the burgers are worth it.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“If you are out and about stop by this great restaurant for a quick beer and delicious food. Lovely outdoor patio that looks to a fun park (so bring you dog for some quick ball throwing!). ”
  • 4 locals recommend

Get to know San Benito County

Explore more on Airbnb

Places to stay in San Benito County