13 Beach Wedding Venues in Southern California for a Sunny Celebration

Plan a sun-soaked SoCal soirée.
Sonesta Redondo Beach and Marina in Redondo Beach, California
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Heather Bien - The Knot Contributor.
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Heather Bien
Heather Bien - The Knot Contributor.
Heather Bien
The Knot Contributor
  • Heather contributes wedding, honeymoon, travel and relationship content for The Knot and WeddingWire.
  • Heather also writes for publications including Apartment Therapy, StyleBlueprint, MyDomaine, HelloGiggles and The Everygirl.
  • She holds a degree in Art History and Architectural History from the University of Virginia.
Updated Feb 06, 2024

Embrace a laid-back and sun-soaked vibe at these sunny beach wedding venues in Southern California. The allure of SoCal is in its cool California feel, its effortless elegance, and, of course, the glamor of nearby Hollywood. And planning a stunning California beach wedding brings that all together.

You'll say I do underneath the practically year-round California sun while a gentle breeze rolls in off the ocean. Throughout the long wedding weekend, your guests will love having the chance to explore classic California sights and, of course, the gorgeous weather. From modern, sleek venues in San Diego to iconic Malibu destinations, Southern California has near endless options for beach wedding venues.

To look at beach venues in Southern California and beyond, you can search venues on The Knot Vendor Marketplace and filter to find those that are directly on the beach. Plus, you can find helpful questions to ask to make sure you find the perfect venue to you and search for the most talented vendors on the scene.

But, to kick off your search, here are 13 of the best wedding venues by the beach in Southern California, where you can start planning your stunning SoCal celebration.

Duke's Malibu in Malibu, California

Duke's Malibu for the perfect SoCal beach wedding venue
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Duke's Malibu is one of the best beach wedding venues in Southern California, where you'll look out on expansive views of the sparkling water of the Pacific Ocean. It's a magical place to say "I do," while basking in the otherworldly beauty of the region. There's nothing more romantic than watching the sun set over Malibu while saying yes to forever. Depending on whether you have a seated or standing reception, you can host up to 160 or 200 guests, though make sure to note that only 125 can be present at the ceremony.

Hotel Maya in Long Beach, California

Hotel Maya for the perfect beach wedding venue
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For an elegant and sleek Long Beach wedding, Hotel Maya is one of the best beach view wedding venues in Southern California. This 14-acre waterfront property is filled with palm trees, gardens and tropical greenery, making it feel like an oasis in Southern California. Located right in the heart of Long Beach, Hotel Maya is convenient for out-of-town guests, who will be delighted to spend a weekend in sunny SoCal. And there's no reason to cut your invite list — Hotel Maya can host up to 400 guests for a waterfront wedding overlooking the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean.

The Redondo Beach Hotel in Redondo Beach, California

The Redondo Beach Hotel for the perfect California wedding venue
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The Redondo Beach Hotel offers an iconic California look at one of the most inexpensive beach wedding venues in Southern California. This contemporary wedding venue has stunning ocean views from their rooftop terrace that make it feel like you're right on the water. You can watch the sun set as you say "I do," then head inside to dance the night away.

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Malibu West Beach Club in Malibu, California

Malibu West Beach Club for the best wedding venue in SoCal
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Say I do right on the water at the Malibu West Beach Club, one of the most stunning beach view wedding venues in Southern California. Located directly on the white sand coast, this beachy venue is the ultimate in California cool. It's right between Zuma Beach and Broad Beach, putting you in an iconic SoCal location. The interior of the club echoes the beauty of the outdoors with a light, airy color palette, floor-to-ceiling windows and crystal chandeliers. Malibu West Beach Club can accommodate weddings of up to 170 guests.

La Jolla Cove Rooftop by Wedgewood Weddings in La Jolla, California

La Jolla Cove Rooftop by Wedgewood Weddings beach venue
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La Jolla Cove Rooftop by Wedgewood Weddings is a breathtaking and modern San Diego wedding venue that blends an effortless SoCal air with sleek style. As one of the top beach wedding venues in Southern California, this dreamy venue brings together panoramic views with luxurious indoor spaces. Plus, you're just steps from Point La Jolla and Boomer Beach, giving you gorgeous spots to plan your first look or sunset photos.

Sonesta Redondo Beach and Marina in Redondo Beach, California

Sonesta Redondo Beach and Marina wedding venue
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Sonesta Redondo Beach and Marina has dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and a Harbor Terrace overlooking the water that can host up to 450 guests. This is one of the best wedding venues by the beach in southern california if you're looking to host a swanky seaside soirée. You can also move the celebration indoors to the Coral Ballroom if the weather doesn't cooperate (though that's unlikely in sunny California!).

Regent Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California

Regent Santa Monica Beach for the best wedding venue in SoCal
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Regent Santa Monica Beach is now booking for fall 2024, and you can be one of the first to get married in this stunning waterfront venue located in iconic and photo-worthy Santa Monica Beach. This luxury venue can accommodate celebrations of over 300, and there are both indoor and outdoor spaces, perfect for making your own.

Crystal Cove Venue in Redondo Beach, California

Crystal Cove Venue for the best SoCal beach wedding venue
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Crystal Cove Venue is one of the most affordable beach wedding venues in Southern California, where you can say "I do" with the Pacific Ocean right behind you and up to 100 of your friends and family by your side. There's a Beach Cottage on the property, where you can get ready before walking down the aisle, and you'll have the venue team by your side throughout the process. They include three meetings before the big day to make sure your vision comes to life.

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

San Diego Mission Bay Resort and Spa for the best California wedding venue
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You can get a classic SoCal wedding at one of the more affordable beach wedding venues in Southern California, the San Diego Mission Bay Resort and Spa. With expansive white sand beaches, tropical palm trees and a lush green lawn with the ocean as the backdrop, this venue has a perfectly California cool aesthetic.

Long Beach Museum of Art in Long Beach, California

Long Beach Museum of Art for the best SoCal wedding venue
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Art lovers can combine the beach with the sleek sophistication of a museum at the Long Beach Museum of Art. This waterfront venue gives couples varied indoor and outdoor options and can host up to 1500 for cocktail receptions. Guests can take a break from the dance floor to explore the museum's stunning grounds or catch the sun setting over the Pacific.

Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, California

Hyatt Regency for your beach CA wedding day
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The Hyatt Regency in Long Beach is a destination for breathtaking weddings where no luxurious expense is spared. You'll have views of both Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean and your choice of indoor and outdoor spaces. You can say "I do" on the serene green lawn or by the Rainbow Lagoon. The ballrooms each have different views, including of the ocean or the lagoon. This is a venue you can make all your own with extravagant decor and unique florals.

Jamaica Bay Inn Tapestry Collection by Hilton in Los Angeles, California

Jamaica Bay Inn Tapestry Collection by Hilton wedding venue
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Celebrate your big day by the water in Los Angeles at Jamaica Bay Inn Tapestry Collection by Hilton. This waterfront hotel has panoramic views and multiple spaces to gather your friends and family to stand by your side as you say "I do." The tropical inspired-venue overlooks the marina and provides direct access to the beach. Thanks to its location, this is the perfect place to book your wedding weekend, especially if you want to do a pre-wedding bachelorette party out in LA.

Bel-Air Beach Club in Malibu, California

Bel-Air Beach Club for the best CA wedding venue
Photo: Bel-Air Beach Club

The Bel-Air Beach Club is one of the best wedding venues on the beach in Southern California to put you in close proximity to Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles. If you're welcoming lots of family from out of town, this is a prime location. The Grand Lawn exudes old Hollywood glamor and looks out over the sparkling waters of South Bay, and it's a stunning location for a ceremony or seated dinner.

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