There are so many reasons to plan a honeymoon to Southern California. While popular spots up North like San Francisco and Sacramento offer plenty of exploration and adventure, Southern California has a unique vibe that is definitely worth investigating. A few of those reasons being the almost perfect weather, the beautiful mountains and beaches, the interesting people and all of the sight-seeing. If you’re looking to stay stateside and explore the Southern end of California for your honeymoon, listed below are a few suggestions of where to go, what to do and where to stay.
Los Angeles is a must see when you’re in Southern California, no exceptions. Because of all the things to do and things to see in the famous city, you should carve out at least 3-4 days. Spending a few days out in LA
Things to do during your LA honeymoon
- Hit a Houston Brothers Bar: This well-known local set of brothers have opened 10-12 of the hottest and most entertaining bars. Their bar Black Rabbit Rose has an amazing jazz night on Tuesdays and Thursdays while their bar On The Record combines a speakeasy and club to create a bar that will make sure to keep honeymooners entertained.
- Griffith Observatory: If you’re looking to enjoy the beautiful, clear sky at night with your other half, this is the place to go. Relatively busy almost every day, the Griffith observatory is still one of the most magical places in the whole Los Angeles’ area.
- Catalina Island: Catalina Island: Santa Catalina is a Channel Island right off the coast of LA. Although it’s well known for its wildlife, scuba diving, and hiking, you can also spot many of LA’s rich and famous relaxing on the island. Two Harbours on the North side of the island is beautiful and Descanso Beach is filled with white sands, palm trees and cabanas. This is the perfect honeymooning spot.
- Stroll Rodeo Drive: Hit two Rodeo Drive for upscale shopping and some of the best patio views of Beverly Hills. You can also stroll up and down the streets and walk into whichever stores interest you. It’s the perfect place for honeymooners to treat themselves to a little luxury.
- Beverly Hot Springs: Only fifteen minutes from downtown LA and Beverly Hills is the only natural hot spring in the area. Waters range between 95-105 degrees and ensure that honeymooners to relax and unwind.
Romantic Los Angeles Accommodations
This beautiful property is only blocks from the Sunset Strip. The Spanish-style villas on site are a lush refuge to many of LA’s most famous residents. The property also has beautiful gardens, wonderfully rated restaurants and an attached spa. Honeymooners paradise. Especially if you’re looking to do a bit of celebrity sighting.
Casa Del Mar, Santa Monica
One of the most romantic hotels in the Los Angeles area can be found in Santa Monica. Located on the sand, close to Santa Monica’s shops and restaurants, this is a local landmark. The plush rooms and suites offer ocean and coastline views; for a the extravagant honeymooners, an option to reserve one of the two-story penthouse suites or the super-deluxe presidential suite is possible. The relaxing Mediterranean-style spa is a great place to steal away while other honeymooners may prefer a cabana on the fifth-floor pool deck.
San Diego has almost perfect weather, plenty to do and lots of romantic things to experience. You’ll need at least 3-4 days in this city as well. While the city isn’t as big as Los Angeles, honeymooners should still carve out a few days to explore all of what San Diego has to offer.
What to do in San Diego:
- Balboa Park: There’s something for every kind of honeymooner when it comes to Balboa Park. Strolling with your new honey through an art museum is a great option for a couple looking for a little culture, while a romantic stroll through the beautiful gardens is a great idea. You can even pack a picnic and soak up some of the perfect San Diego weather.
- Take a Harbor Cruise: A romantic date on the water with the San Diego skyline in the background is a must for honeymooners in San Diego. Honeymooners can choose between taking a daytime cruise or a more upscale dinner cruise. Some say that kissing under the Coronado Bridge brings good luck.
- Go see La Jolla Cove: The beauty of the La Jolla Cove is stunning. Whether you’re looking at seals and sea lions or catching a scenic sunset, couples will be sure to enjoy and relax. The grass park that lies beside the cove is the great place to spread out a blanket too.
- Explore Torrey Pines State Park: Couples who are looking for a little adventure will love exploring Torrey Pines State Park. By the time you get from the bottom of the hill to the top, you’ll definitely feel the workout effects. However, there are plenty of intermediate trails that show off all the park’s beautiful scenery. You can also hike down to the beach and catch the sunset.
Romantic Accommodations in San Diego
Hotel Fairmont Grand Del Mar
This honeymoon friendly hotel is set within Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. Their Mediterranean-inspired hotel is 5 miles from Torrey Pines State Beach and full of plush rooms and suites (some with terraces or balconies) feature free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and marble bathrooms with soaking tubs. For honeymooners in search of complete seclusion, scenic private villas are also available. Their 4 heated pools, a spa, a fitness center and 2 tennis courts, plus a golf course and an equestrian center will make travelers never want to leave.
Estancia La Jolla
Many call the Estancia a slice of Santa Barbara in San Diego. If you want a honeymoon hotel that focuses on rest and rejuvenation, this hotel should be at the top of the list. Their poolside cabanas are romantic and relaxing while one of their many spa treatments will help all the stresses of life fade away.
Where else to honeymoon in Southern California
- Laguna Beach: The OC was totally right. There is a beautiful part of Orange County that’s filled with beautiful views, extravagant houses and plenty of surfing. Honeymooners can find a secluded spot on Main Beach Park and take in the views or explore the boho-chic shops in town.
- Honeymooners will love The Inn at Laguna Beach. It’s only a 4-minute walk from Main Beach Park, which means you can hit the water whenever you want. Keeping aesthetic with the rest of Laguna Beach, the chic bungalow-style rooms and suites with plantation shutters and pillow-top beds feature in-room dining, free Wi-Fi wine socials on the rooftop terrace. They also offer nightly milk and cookies.
- Tijuana, Mexico: San Diego is close to the Mexican border which makes a trip to Tijuana a necessity. Tijuana is best known for its buzzing high street that’s full of bars and shops that honeymooners will love to explore. If honeymooners are looking for something a bit more low key, they may also enjoy a visit to Tijuana is the Tijuana Cultural Centre which is both an art museum and cultural exhibition center.
- Borrego Springs: Borrego Springs can be found in San Diego County and is the perfect spot for honeymooners who are looking to spend some romantic time outside. Throughout the desert landscape, couples will find randomly placed artistic sculptures including an African elephant and a horse-drawn carriage. It’s a great spot for unique photos during the day and night. The stars are easy to see and is simply breathtaking. La Casa Del Zorro is a beautiful hotel in Borrego Springs. With their wood-burning fireplaces, service bars, and a private pool and/or spa in the backyard, honeymooners can hike during the day and relax at night. With one to four bedrooms, a casita is perfect for a romantic destination.
He is an expert travel advisor and enthusiast. He has traveled extensively in the USA, Central American, South America and Europe. He has visited every Sandals Resort and is one of a select few Diamond Elite members of the Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club.
Dan graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an associate degree in Culinary Arts. Later he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on people and culture.