These 15 California Beach Wedding Venues Are What Dreams Are Made Of

Exchange vows with your toes in the sand and the sparkling Pacific Ocean in the background.
Jessica Estrada - The Knot Contributor.
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Jessica Estrada
Jessica Estrada - The Knot Contributor.
Jessica Estrada
The Knot Contributor
  • Jessica contributes wedding planning, wedding etiquette and relationship content to The Knot.
  • She also covers lifestyle and wellness topics for print and digital publications such Refinery29, Bustle, Well + Good, Cosmopolitan, Byrdie, The Zoe Report, The Cut and more.
  • Jessica has a journalism degree from Cal State University, Northridge and is certified as a life and success coach.
Updated Dec 06, 2023

Is there anything more swoon-worthy than beach wedding venues in California? We think not. California has so much to offer and beautiful beaches are definitely at the top of the list so it's easy to see why beach wedding venues are a popular option for couples, whether they're Cali natives or hosting a destination wedding. But, with so many amazing options in the Sunshine State, searching for the perfect wedding venue can be overwhelming. To help narrow down the myriad options, we're highlighting the best beach wedding venues in California. Your dream beach wedding awaits.

Plus, explore our favorite beach wedding venues in: Laguna Beach, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Southern California.

Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, California

If your heart is set on a dreamy Orange County beach wedding venue that's literally on the beach, look no further than the Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach. Couples can say their "I dos" with their toes in the sand just before sunset surrounded by up to 50 of their closest friends and family members. There's also the option to host the wedding ceremony in one of the resort's two outdoor terraces, each with sweeping ocean views in the backdrop. The celebration can then continue in the Pelican Ballroom adorned with vaulted ceilings, artwork, and custom furnishings.

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara, California

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara ticks all the boxes: it's luxe, beachy, and downright picturesque, which is what California beach wedding dreams are made of. Besides the high-end vibes, what makes this resort special is the awe-inspiring ocean views which makes tying the knot on one of the resort's terraces or lush lawns truly magic. For the wedding reception, there's the stunning Bacara Ballroom replete with 23-foot ceilings and mirrors, which can accommodate a lavish affair of up to 1,250 guests. Couples can also start their mini-moon ASAP thanks to wedding packages that include two-night accommodations for the newlyweds.

Alila Marea Beach Resort in Encinitas, California

If you're looking for a beach wedding venue in California that doesn't skimp on luxury, the Alila Marea Beach Resort in Encinitas may be the perfect spot for your event. Your guests can spend the weekend enjoying all that SoCal has to offer, and you and your future spouse can relax at the spa, knowing that your wedding will go off without a hitch. Exchange vows on an oceanfront bluff, an open-air terrace or indoors, and then celebrate with your crew inside the ballroom, which can host up to 200 guests. The resort is well-known for its culinary program, so you know the food is going to be just as spectacular as the views.

La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, California

Affectionately called the "Pink Lady," La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla is a pink oceanside palace that oozes charm and glamour. The Mediterranean-style hotel perfectly sets the scene for a quintessential California beach wedding—palm trees sway in the sky; the sparkling Pacific Ocean in the backdrop; bougainvillea adds a delightful pop of color to wedding photos. This iconic destination located just minutes from San Diego creates a magical ambiance you, your soon-to-be forever partner and your guests will never forget. To boot, La Valencia is also a great place to host all other wedding-related celebrations including a wedding shower, rehearsal dinner, and farewell brunch.

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Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California

One thing is for sure: Hotel del Coronado in San Diego knows how to host a very memorable celebration. The Southern California hotel has various event spaces available for couples but the one that stands out the most is right on the beach. Beach-loving couples can get married right on the resort's private beach and have their reception in the sand and under the stars too complete with fireworks, live bands, outdoor beach games, and a custom sandcastle. If a ballroom is more your style, Hotel del Coronado has that too. Look to the Ocean Ballroom with crystal chandeliers dripping from the ceiling or the Crown Room infused with old Hollywood glamour that will make guests feel like they've stepped into a vortex of love.

L'Auberge Del Mar in Del Mar, California

This breathtaking California Beach wedding venue accommodates weddings both big and small. For large celebrations of up to 200 guests, the hotel's Seagrove Park and Pacific Terrace spaces will take your breath away. Couples can host both the ceremony and the reception outside while taking in the awe-inspiring ocean views. For a more intimate wedding or an elopement, L'Auberge Del Mar has something for you too with the secluded Ocean Terrace which accommodates up to 20 guests. Whatever event space you choose, this California beach wedding venue sets the scene for love.

San Diego Mission Bay Resort and Spa in San Diego, California

Whether you're going for a toes-in-the-sand vibe or something a little more formal, the San Diego Mission Bay Resort and Spa has plenty of options. Yes, you can absolutely get married on the beach, but there's also a waterfront garden overlooking Mission Bay that's perfect for exchanging vows. There are three ballrooms of varying sizes to choose from, or you can enjoy dinner and dancing under the stars on the Bayside Terrace, which can host up to 600 guests.

Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa in San Diego, California

Want to feel like you're on a tropical island without leaving San Diego? will give you all the relaxed, beachy vibes to kick off your marriage. Host your ceremony on the white sand beach, or go with one of the lawns or the tropical garden gazebo. For an indoor reception, the Kon Tiki Ballroom can accommodate up to 350 guests, and the Aviary Ballroom is best for more intimate receptions. Outdoor receptions are also possible on the South Lawn. Perhaps the best part is the Catamaran's all-inclusive wedding packages, and the plentiful guest rooms so everyone can enjoy your wedding weekend in paradise.

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in San Clemente, California

Casa Romantica in San Clemente is the house of romance, literally. Its name means romantic house in Spanish and it really delivers on that promise. It was built in 1927 as the home of Ole Hanson, the founder of San Clemente. Now this Orange County destination, dubbed as a "Spanish village by the sea" serves as an arts and cultural center with various spaces perfect for couples celebrating their love. Have your ceremony on the Ocean Terrace overlooking the San Clemente Pier with a view of Catalina Island on the horizon, or opt for the Courtyard surrounded by Spanish archways and palm trees for a magical night under the moonlight.

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in Half Moon Bay, California

For couples searching for a California Beach wedding venue in the San Francisco bay area, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay perfectly fits the bill. For an outdoor ceremony, the luxury hotel's outdoor wedding spaces overlooking the ocean can be reimagined into the Pinterest-worthy setting of your dreams. For the reception, look at the ballroom with vaulted ceilings and chandeliers. The ballroom also happens to be the largest in Northern California, seating up to 300 guests for dinner and dancing.

Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, California

Couples looking for a beachfront wedding venue in Los Angeles will swoon over Shutters on the Beach. Situated steps away from sandy Santa Monica beach, this luxe hotel offers multiple indoor and outdoor spaces for a memorable wedding ceremony. Exchange vows outside on the Pacific Terrace with up to 250 guests and have your reception there too as you and your guests dance the night away and cozy up by the fireplace. After the big day, there's a luxury day spa inside the beach hotel perfect for some quality newlywed time together.

Duke's Malibu in Malibu, California

Laid-back, beach-loving couples will fall in love with Duke's Malibu. The beloved oceanfront restaurant's aptly called the Ocean Room is the perfect spot for hosting both your wedding ceremony and your reception. It can accommodate up to 250 guests and features Hawaiian koa wood, a standing balcony where guests can take in the beautiful ocean views, and a private entrance. And because this is a restaurant, expect the menu to be memorable. Options include plated, buffet, or family style menus starring sustainable and freshly caught seafood paired with California wine or beach-inspired cocktails (Mai Tai, anyone?). They also have a private apartment available for couples who want to turn their big day into a getaway.

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach in Huntington Beach, California

Here's what makes this California beach wedding venue special: they take all the stress out of your wedding day. The Orange County beach hotel offers wedding package that feature everything you need including a three-course menu, unlimited drinks, a wedding planner, an officiant, cake, flowers, and more. They can host large beach wedding ceremonies with hundreds of guests as well as micro weddings. And they also cater to couples who want to infuse their big day with meaningful cultural and religious details.

Monterey Beach House in Monterey, California

Whether you're a central coast local or looking to have a destination wedding in the area, the Monterey Beach House takes all the fuss out of wedding plan with all-inclusive packages. Wedding ceremonies are held right on the sand and the reception takes place inside the beach club's banquet hall which can host up to 300 guests and offers views of the city, Santa Lucia mountains, and of course, the ocean. Oh, and did we mention there's also a fire pit ready for newlyweds to make s'mores after sunset? Dreams do come true.

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Maria in Newport Beach, California

Wedding ceremony spaces? Check. Reception venues? Check. This luxury Newport Beach oceanfront hotel has you covered on your special day with various event spaces. Host your wedding right on the beach, under a charming gazebo adorned with flowers and framed by the waterfront, or in a lush garden surrounded by palm trees. No matter what space you choose, Amanda Kolbys, the resort's in-house wedding planner, will support you through the entire wedding planning process.

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