Gonzales is a great place to raise a family, run a business, or do business with. Gonzales is peaceful, hardworking, and inventive.
The City is surrounded by prime agricultural land in the heart of the 90-mile long Salinas Valley between the Sierra de Salinas and Gabilan Mountains. The City is located 17 miles south of Salinas, 111 miles north of San Luis Obispo, and 35 miles southeast of the Monterey Peninsula. The view traveling on Highway 101 is a patchwork quilt of farms ranging in size from 20 to several hundred acres. The valley has some of the most fertile soils in California making agriculture the area’s strongest economic industry.
The climate in Gonzales is temperate with summer daytime highs from the 70s to mid 80s. Nighttime coastal fog creeps down the valley from the Monterey Bay causing cooler evening temperatures in the mid 50s. Indian summers begin in September and can last through early December offering a warm and pleasant fall season. An average rainfall of 8 inches a year leaves plenty of days to enjoy the relaxing California sunshine.
Travelers and visitors will experience the friendly hospitality and excellent service of our local businesses and restaurants. Wine lovers can roam the nearby foothills enjoying world class wines from our local wineries and vineyards. Gonzales’ small town charm an rural atmosphere make the City an ideal setting to raise a family, start a business, or spend a day enjoying the beautiful Salinas Valley Arch.s