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Real Colima I

(Restaurants/all dining)
74 Porter Drive Royal Oaks, CA, 95076
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Alcohol excluded


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Real Colima I is located in the Monterey County community of Pajaro / Royal Oaks, just across the Pajaro River from the Santa Cruz County city of Watsonville. This Monterey County location features the traditional Mexican food and warm, friendly service that Real Colima is also known for at their Santa Cruz County restaurants.

Caring staff and casual ambience. There are two dining rooms, which can serve as a spacious setting for groups of touring cyclists and others.

Bike Tips:

If you're coming from the south, taking Hwy 1 north of Castroville and Moss Landing, Velo Club Monterey Answer Man Jan Valencia offers the following tips:

After biking Hwy 1 to Jensen Rd, make a left on Jensen Rd; then "right on Bluff Rd, right on Trafton Rd, left on Salinas Rd."

Once on Salinas Road, continue straight on that "main street" route into the Royal Oaks/Pajaro community's business district area. It becomes Porter Drive (no need to turn). Watch for Real Colima I on your left (west side of the street); it is located on a slightly curved section of the road.

Note that Salinas Road and Porter Drive are typically heavily traveled by motor vehicles. This is not a route appropriate for children.

BIKE PARKING: As of February 2015, parking is limited to locking up to a nearby utility pole, etc. As usual, take care to position your bike so it will not be in the way of pedestrians.

BIKE SECURITY: Touring cyclists who have lots of gear on their bikes, be advised: the dining rooms have windows facing the street. However, curtains on the lower section mean it's necessary to stand up to take a peek at your bike.

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