Magical San Benito County

Beautiful San Benito County, located in California’s central coast, is one of California’s travel gems. Here, amidst great natural beauty, you’ll find some of the state’s best wineries, spectacular outdoor adventures, world-class golf, and so much more. You’ll experience gracious, small-town hospitality, yet have all the modern comforts right at hand. Charming shops, a wide variety of well-reviewed restaurants, hotels and bed and breakfasts for every taste and budget, it’s all here. Set in an idyllic small valley surrounded by spectacular agriculture, San Benito County is only an hour or so from the Silicon Valley, just east of Monterey. It’s close to everything, yet feels like another world altogether. We hope to see you soon, and meanwhile, we invite you to sign-up below to receive special offers and discounts.

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San Benito County shares a border with Santa Clara County and lies adjacent to the San Francisco Bay Area. The county also borders Merced County and Fresno County in the east. Hollister is located near the intersection of State Routes 25 and 156. Here’s how you can find us:

By car

From San Jose:

Drive 33 miles southeastward on Highway 101. Take the exit onto Route 25 and drive 14 more miles to get to Hollister.

From Salinas:

Drive 17 miles going northbound on Highway 101. Take the exit onto Route 156 and head 10 miles east. From there, follow the cut-off leading 3 miles into Hollister.

From Sacramento:

Take Interstate 5 to Route 152 (Pacheco Pass), heading westbound for 29 miles, then Route 156 southward 5 miles, and San Felipe Road southward 3 miles.

From Los Angeles:

to Hollister –

For a scenic route into Hollister, take Interstate 5 to Jayne Avenue (Exit 325) and head 11 miles westward to Route 198 followed by 34 miles west to Route 25, then north on Route 25 for 63 miles to Hollister.

to the Pinnacles –

33 miles after turning from Route 198 onto Route 25 is a turn-off to Route 146 that leads into Pinnacles National Park.

By train and bus

During evening rush hour, Caltrain offers a train from San Francisco and San Jose to Gilroy, where riders can transfer to the Hollister-bound San Benito County Express.

By plane

The nearest commercial airport to San Benito County is Mineta San José International Airport (SJC), which is about 45 minutes away by car. Many visitors also fly in to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) for lower airfare (90 minutes away). Those with access to private, general-aviation aircraft may land at the Hollister Municipal Airport.