17 Breathtaking Central Coast Wedding Venues

Just North of Los Angeles and South of the San Francisco Bay Area lies a gorgeous stretch of breathtaking scenery known as the Central Coast. From the epic surf in Santa Cruz and the rocky shores of Monterey down to the rolling vineyards in Santa Barbara and Ventura's pristine beaches, these cozy communities are full of picturesque wedding venues. Whether you want to exchange vows with your toes in the sand, or at a secluded ranch nestled in a lush valley, you'll fall in love at first sight with some of Central California's finest here!



SANTA CRUZ



Seascape Beach Resort

Aptos, California

Venue Superpowers:

Epic Ocean Vistas

Destination Weddings

Al Fresco Affairs

Fab Features: bluff-top resort with sweeping ocean vistas • lawn ceremonies and beachfront receptions against a bay backdrop • luxe accommodations offer decks, patios, fireplaces, and ocean or forest views

Catering: In-house
Price: $$
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Amaya Ridge

Soquel, CA

Venue Superpowers:

Redwood Romance

Exclusive Use

Weekend Wedding

Fab Features: gorgeous private estate and vineyard surrounded by the Santa Cruz Mountains • exchange vows in a grove of redwoods, on a sprawling meadow, or alongside the grapevines--such dreamy choices! • take over the property for the entire weekend for a festival-style event (and inquire about camping options!)

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $$ • $$$
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Santa Cruz, CA

Venue Superpowers:

Unobstructed Ocean Views

Native Coastal Landscaping

Interactive Exhibits

Fab Features: perched on a bluff overlooking the Santa Cruz coast and Monterey Bay • ceremonies surrounded by coastal prairie, wetlands, and wildlife like birds, sea lions, and whales • unique cocktail hour with interactive exhibits and access to the aquarium

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$
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MONTEREY/CARMEL



The Sanctuary Beach Resort

Marina, CA

Venue Superpowers:

Exclusive Beachfront

Weekend Weddings

Savory Coastal Cuisine

Fab Features: luxurious seaside escape nestled between the hills of Carmel Valley and the Marina Dunes • ceremonies on the scenic beachfront deck are followed by a celebration overlooking the coast • gourmet cuisine delights your friends & family, and a star-filled evening sky creates a magical ambiance • be lulled to sleep by the sound of crashing waves in a choice of plush cottages or villas

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$
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The Perry House

Monterey, CA

Venue Superpowers:

Garden Soirées

Backyard Vibes

Bay Views

Fab Features: Fab Features: eye-catching Queen Anne-style Victorian • garden ceremonies take place beneath a stately white pergola • exquisite stained-glass skylight in the adjoining lounge • romantic view of the Monterey Bay is best from the upstairs terrace

Catering: In-house
Price: $$
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Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Carmel, California

Venue Superpowers:

Cliffside Ceremonies

All-Inclusive

Upscale Elopements

Fab Features: historic hotel perched on a cliff overlooking the Big Sur Coastline • ceremonies on the open-air redwood deck with panoramic views of the Pacific • customized menus prepared with fresh and sustainable local fare by award-winning chefs

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$
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The Holly Farm

Carmel, California

Venue Superpowers:

Relaxed Retreat

Weekend Weddings

Comprehensive Packages

Fab Features: chic tropical hideaway • whimsical redwood bungalow comes with “island wild” décor and a wraparound redwood deck • a koi pond, sparkling waterfall, and majestic oak tree make a lovely backdrop for your celebration and photos

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$
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SAN LUIS OBISPO



Avila Lighthouse Suites at Avila Beach

Avila Beach, CA

Venue Superpowers:

Beach Ceremonies

Elopements

Relaxed Resort

Fab Features: cozy beachfront hotel with first-class amenities • ceremonies on the beach or the expansive sun deck • all-inclusive wedding packages cover everything from elopements to grand events with custom cocktail hours—even farewell brunches!

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$
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The Penny

San Luis Obispo, CA

Venue Superpowers:

Rustic-Chic

Unique Architecture

Central Location

Fab Features: fabulous venue boasting an industrial indoor space and airy courtyard in the heart of San Luis Obispo • original architectural details from the building's former life as a 1930s blacksmith shop remain • rental includes access to an extensive list of in-house rentals, including ceremony arches & florals, heaters, dining tables, photo booths, and more!

Catering: In-house, BYO
Price: $ • $$
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SANTA BARBARA



Montecito Club

Santa Barbara, CA

Venue Superpowers:

Panoramic Ocean Views

European Vibes

Elegant Events

Fab Features: century-old private golf and social club nestled in the hills of Montecito • the clubhouse impresses with Spanish architecture and incorporates beautiful Andalusian design elements and Moroccan influences • impressive menus paired with vintages from a curated wine list with the help of the club’s sommelier

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$
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Santa Ynez Ranch

Santa Ynez, CA

Venue Superpowers:

Relaxed Retreat

Weekend Weddings

Picturesque Setting

Fab Features: Luxe Wine Country retreat set on a 105-acre organic farm • gorgeous upscale event barn with a chic lounge hosts exquisite celebrations, while the picturesque garden courtyard and patio are delightful for outdoor dining • unique overnight stays for privileged event guests include a Country Cottage, a deluxe Casita, glamping tents and the charming Horse Cabana

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $$$
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Alisal Ranch

Solvang, CA

Venue Superpowers:

Enchanted Setting

Mountain Views

All-Inclusive

Fab Features: luxurious working ranch nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley • exchange vows towering oaks, overlooking the lake, or on the serene river terrace with an epic mountain backdrop • cozy receptions inside the Cottonwood room designed rustic accents and a unique Navajo-style painted ceiling

Catering: In-house
Price: $$$
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Rincon Beach Club

Carpinteria | Santa Barbara, CA

Venue Superpowers:

Beach Ceremonies

Affordable Elegance

Handcrafted Menus

Fab Features: private club located in the seaside community of Carpinteria just south of Santa Barbara • choice of ceremony locations: a white-sand beach or a leafy courtyard enclosed by 10-foot-high walls of flowering vines and roses • enchanting open-air garden receptions beneath a starry sky

Catering: In-house
Price: $$
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VENTURA



Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel

Ventura, California

Venue Superpowers:

Panoramic Views

Ceremonies on the Beach

On-Site Accommodations

Fab Features: beachfront hotel with coastal-chic style • intimate beach wedding package with ceremonies on the sand while the waves break in the background • variety of reception spaces from the oceanview Lanai Patio to the 12th-story Harbor ballroom with unobstructed panoramic views

Catering: In-house
Price: $$
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The Fillmore on Central

Fillmore, CA

Venue Superpowers:

Old World Charm

Garden Celebrations

All-Inclusive Packages

Fab Features: the historic Sanctuary of this former church boasts a dramatic hand-painted exposed beam ceiling, a 20-foot stained glass medallion, and tasteful Mission-inspired details • outdoor gatherings unfold in a garden courtyard ringed with lavender, pepper trees and mountain views • 88below, a private lounge that's perfect for after-parties or chic get-togethers, has framed mirrors, modern pendant lamps, and a cool vibe

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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Camarillo Ranch

Camarillo, California

Venue Superpowers:

Rustic Romance

Glam Barn

Flexible Packages

Fab Features: turn-of-the-century Queen Anne-style estate • outdoor ceremonies on a manicured lawn surrounded by trees and lush foliage • rustic-chic receptions in the restored Red Barn

Catering: In-house
Price: $$
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Pacific View Tower by Wedgewood Weddings

Oxnard | Ventura, California

Venue Superpowers:

Beach Ceremonies

Posh Penthouse

All-Inclusive

Fab Features: a luxe venue with prestigious interior styling on the exclusive top floor penthouse • hold your ceremony in the treelined garden plaza complete with stone-fronted stage, or on the white sands of a nearby Ventura beach • celebrate with your guests in the glamorous club, which includes a snazzy bar and lounge outfitted with white-leather furnishings and elegant reception space with stunning panoramic views

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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