Friday, March 23rd, 2018

San Diego Beaches – Wedding, Honeymoon or Sunny Vacation


Hotel_del_Coronado-150When planning a wedding or honeymoon in San Diego, California, you have a wide variety of beautiful beaches to from which to choose. Each has its own special style and feeling. Some San Diego beaches are best known for great water sport activities, others for the romantic ambiance which they portray. We’ve have put together a selection of the top San Diego beaches, highlighting their best attributes with regard to surfing, water sports, romance, beachy feel, honeymoon destination, and especially your wedding ceremony & reception locations.


Best attributes: Surfing; Shopping; Biking/skating; Romance; Honeymoon destination; Ceremony & reception location.


Hotel del Coronado - Beautiful San Diego Beach Wedding

Hotel del Coronado - Beautiful San Diego Beach Wedding

Coronado Highlights 

Coronado has some of the most perfect beaches San Diego has to offer, whether you want to spend an entire day or weekend sprawled out under an umbrella until the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean, swim, surf, sail, bodyboard, fish, or just fall asleep in the sun. Other activities include beach volleyball, tide pool exploration, and kite flying. There is also a bike path south of the Hotel Del Coronado. Additionally, in early winter, watch for migrating whales.

For some, the elegant Hotel Del Coronado— a cultural centerpiece of San Diego — is the primary reason for visiting the City of Coronado. One of the most picturesque locations in all of San Diego, this facility is a perfect location for your wedding ceremony, reception and even honeymoon. But this tiny upscale island city, separated from downtown San Diego by bridge, also boasts flat sandy beaches, stately homes, boutiques, restaurants, and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and San Diego.

Beach areas have fire rings, restrooms, showers, and lifeguards. Also, there is an off-leash dog area to the north. Park free on Ocean Boulevard, but plan to arrive before 11 a.m. on summer weekends to beat the crowds. Also, try the free parking lots on Avenida Lunar and Avenida de las Arenas.

Getting to Coronado Coronado is a short ferry ride or car trip across the San Diego Bay Bridge from downtown San Diego. From the Bay Bridge, travel several blocks on Third Street. Turn left onto Orange Avenue. Turn right onto R.H. Dana Place, which will take you to Ocean Boulevard. Coronado Municipal Beach runs along Ocean Boulevard from Avenida Lunar in the south to Naval Air Station North Island Gate 5 to the north. For those making their way leisurely across the bay, the ferry departs from downtown San Diego at the Broadway Pier. Bicycles are allowed onboard. You can get to Silver Strand State Beach by traveling south on I-5 from San Diego and exiting at Palm Avenue / Highway 75. Then go west on Palm and follow signs to Highway 75 and Silver Strand State Beach.

Hotel del Coronado - Weddings on the Beach

Hotel del Coronado - Weddings on the Beach

Insider Tips For walking and biking, visitors will discover that Centennial Park (near the ferry landing at the end of Orange Avenue) is an excellent starting point. A wide concrete pathway runs east-west, affording dramatic views of downtown San Diego. You can rent bicycles near the Coronado Ferry Landing. Bike riders looking for a more challenging route can follow the same path south and east. At Tidelands Park, follow the pathway under the bridge, continue to Glorietta Boulevard, turn left, and continue until you see Pomona Avenue. Turn left on Pomona and continue to Silver Strand Highway, where you’ll soon see an asphalt pathway on the bayside. This pathway runs all the way to Imperial Beach! Riders of all abilities will enjoy this path. Stop along the way at Silver Strand State Beach. Round trip is over 20 miles, so be prepared with water and snacks.

While visiting Coronado, be sure to take a gander at the upscale restaurants and shops at the corners of Orange and Pomona Avenues… and if you’re not already staying at the Hotel Del Coronado, drop by at sunset for drinks on the water.


 Best attributes: Surfing; Shopping; Romance; Honeymoon destination; Ceremony & reception location.

Del Mar Highlights The City of Del Mar, world famous for its horseracing (July – September at the fairgrounds), has one of the most popular beaches in North County San Diego. Located just north of Torrey Pines State Beach, Del Mar’s beach is perfect for families, tourists, and surfers who enjoy its wide expanse of sand. Swimming, walking, surfing, body boarding, and even grunion hunting are just some of the activities you can enjoy at this beach.

The Sheraton Hacienda - Breathtaking San Diego Beach Weddings

The Sheraton Hacienda - Breathtaking San Diego Beach Weddings

Del Mar also has two seaside parks — Seagrove and Powerhouse — both great for picnicking, stunning ocean views and seaside wedding ceremonies and receptions. Often referred to as “Malibu South,” the community of Del Mar features expensive real estate, luxury hotels, perfect for honeymooning, and high-end boutiques, trendy cafes, and restaurants (along Camino Del Mar / Highway 101). The Del Mar Fair, one of the largest county fairs in the U.S., runs from mid-June through July 4 and has carnival rides, games, entertainment, and exhibits.

Del Mar has restrooms, showers, and wheelchair accessibility. Lifeguards are stationed year-round. Paid parking is available across from Powerhouse Park or try street parking near 15th Street and Coast Boulevard (metered). You can find free street parking on 17th Street; however, like most beaches during the summer, spaces fill early. At peak times, parking is scarce and traffic backs up along Coast Route 101, but it’s not a problem if you arrive a little early in the day.

Getting to Del Mar From the north, take I-5 south and exit at Villa de la Valle. From the south, take I-5 north to Del Mar Heights Road.
Insider Tips For good reason, Del Mar is one of the most popular beach communities in San Diego County. Great beaches, fairgrounds, horseracing, and a quaint, upscale village provide plenty of activities for everyone. Powerhouse Park, with a full children’s playground, is especially nice for families with young kids. Beachgoers can also find good, cheap eats at Roberto’s taco stand on Carmel Valley Road, overlooking Los Penasquitos Lagoon.

Coast Highway which runs through Del Mar is one of San Diego County’s best cycling routes. Start your bike ride in Del Mar and head south to Torrey Pines or north to Solana Beach, Encinitas, Leucadia and Carlsbad. Parking can be sparse in Del Mar, especially on weekends and during the fair and horse racing season. Best to arrive early and/or park along Coast Highway either north or south of the village.


Best attributes: Surfing; Shopping; Romance; Honeymoon destination; Ceremony & reception location.

La Jolla Highlights La Jolla (Spanish for “the jewel”) has European elegance, a sunny Mediterranean climate, and some of the most picturesque beaches in the world. La Jolla offers world-class hotels, restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques. It is a hot spot for spa goers, surfers, tourists, nature lovers and has many perfect ceremony and reception locations. Fill your honeymoon with a massage and facial at a day spa or stroll the coast and take in the stunning emerald blue beaches and coves.

La Jolla beaches offer endless hours of fun and relaxation… from the pretty sandstone cliffs towering high above the Pacific at Torrey Pines State Beach to the crystal clear water at La Jolla Cove, an ideal snorkeling spot.

Marine Street and Windansea beaches are intimate coastal retreats perfect for romantic getaways or a quiet day at the beach with a good book. Whatever activity you enjoy, La Jolla beaches offer something for everyone:

Picturesque Windansea Beach – An Amazing San Diego Wedding Location

Picturesque Windansea Beach – An Amazing San Diego Wedding Location

Windansea Beach
Down the hill, past La Jolla’s ritzy homes, hotels, boutiques and restaurants, lies Windansea Beach, flanked by surfers and sunbathers on hot summer days. With its sandstone cliffs, sandy beach, and incredible surf breaks, Windansea has been a popular surfing haunt as far back as the 1940s and a gathering spot of the Windansea Surf Club since the 1960s. The shack on the beach, built by surfers during World War II, is now a San Diego Historic site.

Marine St. Beach

Marine Street Beach is near the upscale community of La Jolla, a small cluster of high-end clothiers, hotels, shops, and galleries. It’s legendary to body surfers and body boarders because of its thunderous waves, which crash right at shoreline. However, this beach may not be ideal for families, as there are no pubic restrooms or picnic areas and the rough surf is not well suited to children.

La Jolla Cove

Not far from downtown La Jolla — an upscale hamlet of hotels, boutiques, and galleries — lies La Jolla Cove, a swimming and diving paradise. This tiny beach nook, part of the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, is sheltered by picturesque cliffs and offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean in an intimate setting. La Jolla Cove has some of the clearest water of all San Diego beaches, making it ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling.

La Jolla Shores

Think palm trees next to the Pacific, green lawns dotting hillsides, and bougainvillea blossoms — pink, white, and orange — complementing the Spanish-style architecture of some of the most expensive real estate in all of California. La Jolla Shores, home to world-class resorts, is a 1 mile stretch of shoreline with parks and picnic areas. It also features a boardwalk that spans a length of the beach and is great for walking, jogging, bicycling, or rollerblading.


Best attributes: Water sports; Biking/skating; Honeymoon destination; Ceremony & reception location.

Mission Bay Highlights Mission Bay has more than 4,000 acres of bay, bike paths, and parks to play in and on. First named “False Bay” by explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542, Mission Bay supports all types of boating activities and has boat docks and launches. Other water sports include sailing, waterskiing, windsurfing, jet skiing, rowing, and swimming.

The Dana on Mission Bay - One of San Diego's Most Romantic Wedding Locations

The Dana on Mission Bay - One of San Diego's Most Romantic Wedding Locations

For an adventurous honeymoon, rent a sailboat and cruise the bay or bicycle around the bay on the bike paths that wind for miles. Picnickers and sunbathers will revel in the endless supply of green grassy knolls at Mission Bay. The sports-minded can enjoy basketball, volleyball, and over-the-line games. If you’re bringing kids to the bay, take them to the playground at Tecolote Shores (1500 East Mission Bay Drive), which was designed to accommodate physically challenged children. Also see Mission Bay’s plant and animal life at the nature reserve near Crown Point to the north.

Logistics  Mission Bay has picnic shelters, barbecues, public restrooms, and showers. Lifeguards are seasonal and usually watch Mission Bay between spring and November. There’s lots of free parking at Mission Bay. Most lots are near the swimming beaches. But, beware, lots fill quickly during the summer. It’s best to come early.

Getting to Mission Bay From the north or south, take I-5 to the East Mission Bay Drive, Grand Avenue, Clairemont Drive, or Sea World Drive exits.

Insider Tips  If you like to bike, Mission Bay offers some of the best riding in San Diego. There are miles of paved bike paths, which are easily accessible from the many parking lots circling the bay.

Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa on Mission Bay - Bayside Wedding Ceremony Location in San Diego

Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa on Mission Bay - Bayside Wedding Ceremony Location in San Diego

Mission Bay is also great for kayaking, kite-flying (east side near Hilton), fishing, bird-watching and any other activity that works best in large, grass-covered areas.

Mission Bay hotel, package and attraction ticket reservations are provided by Advanced Reservation services of San Diego (ARES). ARES has developed a reputation for offering some of the cheapest San Diego travel and vacation rates found anywhere on the internet. We encourage you to compare our prices with other national travel resellers–we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! 


Best attributes: Surfing; Shopping; Romance; Honeymoon destination 

Solana Beach Highlights  Solana Beach, situated north of Del Mar and south of Cardiff by the Sea, is a modest, mostly residential beach community offering uncrowded, family-friendly beaches and some of the best antique and art shopping in San Diego County. Like other beach communities in north San Diego County, the cultural heart and soul of Solana Beach is Coast Route 101. Along 101, you’ll find an interesting mix of surf shops, restaurants, hotels, arts-and-crafts galleries and everyday grocery and drug stores.

The beach lies below the wind- and water-sculpted sandstone bluffs that run the length of this community west of 101. Fletcher Cove Beach Park, a small beach with public parking, restrooms, and seasonal lifeguards, dissects the bluffs. This cove was constructed years ago by cutting out a portion of the bluffs with hydraulic water hoses and steam shovels. A 2-mile, paved walking and bike path has recently been constructed on the east side of 101. This path offers a comfortable course, safe from traffic, with benches to sit on and enjoy the unique flavor of this pleasant San Diego, California beach community.

Fletcher Cove has public parking. From there, you can access the entire Solana Beach coastline if you don’t mind walking and the tide isn’t too high. More beach access is available along Pacific Avenue between Ocean Avenue and Solana Vista Drive, as well as along Sierra Avenue.

Getting There  From San Diego, take I-5 north to the Lomas Santa Fe exit and head west. Lomas Santa Fe intersects Coast Route 101, which you can take north or south for beach access. Easier yet, cross 101; Lomas Santa Fe turns in Plaza Street, which dead ends at Fletcher Cove Beach Park. The Solana Beach Regional Transportation Center is Solana Beach’s very own train station. Offering parking and a daily schedule of train and bus service, the Center is located on North Cedros Avenue just north of Lomas Santa Fe.

San Diego Beach Weddings - Solana Beach, California

San Diego Beach Weddings - Solana Beach, California

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