Virtual Guidebook to El Camino Real
San Juan Bautista
San Juan Bautista California


San Juan Bautista, the town, grew up around the mission for which it was named. It prospered as the center of a rich agricultural area at a key location along El Camino Real. Its main street, Third Street, is still lined with buildings from the early American period, in good condition and mostly open for business.

The plaza is flanked by the mission and important secular buildings from the Spanish/Mexican period. It follows the traditional plan of Spanish cities (inherited from the Romans) seen throughout Latin America. All the major buildings now belong to the state historical park, with exhibits about this period in California's history.

The Plaza is flanked on its east side by an abrupt scarp created by the San Andreas Fault.



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False front buildings on Third Street in San Juan Bautista

(June 1, 2010)


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Wooden and adobe buildings along Third Street in San Juan Bautista

(June 1, 2010)


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Plaza Hall opposite the mission on the San Juan Bautista Plaza

(June 1, 2010)


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