Located in North Monterey County at the intersections of 183, 156 and U.S. Highway 1, Castroville is five miles west of Highway 101, 102 miles south of San Francisco, and 15 miles north of the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. Castroville is an unincorporated town with a population of approximately 8,300. The Average temperature of 63 degrees. Average rainfall is 14.38". Founded by Juan Bautista Castro in 1863, Castroville "The Artichoke Center of the World" is Monterey County's second oldest town. A number of historical sites remain including the local school hours and the Giant artichoke, where it has been said that nearly a million people pose for their picture. Castroville has a number of other restaurants as well as a full service family health clinic in addition to other health professionals. Castroville has its own library which is part of the Monterey County Free Library system, four churches, a community center with youth activities, a baseball park and nearby recreation facilities. The town has two motels in addition to a variety of shopping opportunities.
Castroville is in the North Monterey County School District. Two Community Colleges and one university, CSU-Monterey Bay are within 10 miles. Local Organizations include Artichoke Festival, North County Rec Center, Girl & Boy Scouts, 4-H, IBEW Local Union, and much more.
Industries range from agriculture, a main source of revenue, to trucking, construction & manufacturing. Strawberries, lettuce and artichokes are the main agricultural crops of the area with artichokes providing approximately 75% of the U. S. supply. With its highly desirable central location, Castroville also has a number of processing and distribution facilities, mostly located in a fully serviced 150-acre industrial park.
Nearby Points of interest include the Elkhorn Slough National Estuary, Moss Landing Harbor and antique shops, miles of beaches including the Salinas River State Beach and Zmundowski State Beach, along with two county parks: Manzanita and Royal Oaks. Boating and fishing facilities are available 5 miles north of Castroville and to the south, in Marina, is sky diving and hang gliding. The Coastal Bike Trail currently extends from the Monterey Peninsula to Castroville.