- San Juan Bautista State Historic Park is the site of one of California's 21 Franciscan missions. The location was once the largest town in central California and the hub of travel between northern and central California. It was founded in 1797. The mission is owned and operated by the Catholic Church. It is the largest of its kind in California, and has been in continuous use since July 1, 1812.
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A historical building at San Juan Bautista SHP
Recreation - The State Historic Park site includes several structures built in the 1800s. These include the Plaza Hotel and stable, blacksmith shop, granary, jail and several houses. Park exhibits show California life of the Mission, Mexican and early American periods. The historic park overlooks the fertile San Benito Valley.
Climate - Climate in the Central Coast varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.
The park is located in the city of San Juan Bautista, on Highway 156, three miles east of Highway 101, seven miles west of Hollister.
Approximate mileage to San Juan Bautista from ...
Monterey --- 33 mi.
Santa Cruz --- 35 mi.
San Jose --- 48 mi.
San Francisco --- 97 mi.
Fresno --- 114 mi.
Los Angeles --- 318 mi.