Soquel is a city in Santa Cruz County along the northern coast of Monterey Bay. The historic town of Soquel features family-operated wineries, antique stores, and a California-rustic feel. Mountain bikers flock to Soquel’s Demonstration Forest, where challenging trails offer the ultimate challenge. Other features of Soquel include dining, shopping, wine tasting, and hiking.
Home to roughly 10,000 residents, Soquel has a total area of 4.6 square miles. Generally mild weather throughout the year, enjoying a Mediterranean climate characterized by cool, wet winters and warm, mostly dry summers. Due to its proximity to Monterey Bay, fog and low overcast are common during the night and morning hours, especially in the summer.
Osocalis was the Spanish phonetic rendering for the name of the creek which runs through the area, as transcribed from the local Native American Indian language of the Ohlone people. The later name "Soquel," which was subsequently derived from the name of that creek, is first known to have appeared in 1833 as the name of the Mexican land grant which included this creek and adjacent lands.