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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Several films and television movies have been filmed in San Benito County, including East of Eden, Vertigo and La Bamba.  As you look through the list below we are sure you will see some names you know; writers, directors and actors that were a part of these movies and spent time in our beautiful county. If you watch any of the movies on the list you may not only see familiar sights but some familiar faces too since many productions hired local residents as extras in their films.

1925 The Primrose Path

Director: Harry O. Hoyt, Writer: Leah Baird, Stars: Wallace MacDonald & Clara Bow.

1953 The Wild One

Director: Laslo Benedek, Writers: John Paxton & Frank RooneyStars: Marlon Brando & Lee Marvin.

1955 East of Eden

Director: Elia Kazan Writers: John Steinbeck, Stars: James Dean, Raymond Massey & Julie Harris

1958 Vertigo

Director: Alfred Hitchcock, Writers: Alec Coppel & Samuel A. Taylor, Stars: Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak & Barbara Bel Geddes

1969 Topaz

Director: Alfred Hitchcock, Writers: Leon Uris & Samuel A. Taylor, Stars: Frederick Stafford, Dany RobinJohn Vernon

1970 Little Fauss & Big Halsy

Director: Sidney J. Furie, Writer: Charles Eastman, Stars: Robert Redford, Michael J. Pollard & Lauren Hutton

1981 Leave Yesterday Behind

Director: Richard Michaels, Writer: Paul Harrison, Stars: John Ritter, Carrie Fisher & Buddy Ebsen

1981 East of Eden

Director: Harvey Hart, Writers: John Steinbeck, Richard Alan Shapiro, Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Jane Seymour, Bruce Boxleitner.

1987 La Bamba  

Director: Luis Valdez, Writer: Luis Valdez, Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales & Rosanna DeSoto.  

1988 Sunset

Director: Blake Edwards, Writers: Rod Amateau & Blake Edwards, Stars: Bruce Willis, James Garner & Malcolm McDowell.

1990 Strawberry Road

Director: Koreyoshi Kurahara, Writers: Yoshimi Ishikawa & Nobuo Yamada, Stars: Ken Matsudaira, Mariska HargitayMako.

1990 Hot Summer Winds

(PBS) Director: Emiko Omari, Writer: Emiko Omari, Stars: Natsuko Ohama, Sab Shimano & Tricia Joe   

1991 Long Road Home

Director: John Korty, Writers: Ronald B. Taylor & Jane-Howard Hammerstein, Stars: Mark HarmonLee Purcell & Morgan Weisser

1991 La Pastorela

(PBS) Director: Luis Valdez, Writer: Luis Valdez, Stars: Linda RonstadtPaul Rodriguez & Robert Beltran

2014 Man from Reno

Director: Dave Boyle, Writer: Dave Boyle & Joel Clark, Stars: Ayako Fujitani, Pepe Serna & Kazuki Kitamura