California Beach Weddings: 12 Locations Where You Can Tie The Knot On The Sand!

If it's an authentic beach wedding you're after, then any one of these coastal California venues will arrange it for you. From the sun-drenched shores of San Diego to Northern California's Muir Beach with its forest backdrop, these romantic spots allow you to say your vows on the beach. Not next to the beach, not overlooking the beach, but actually right on the sand.



SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA



Beachcomber Cafe at Crystal Cove

Newport Beach, California

Experience the quintessential SoCal "endless summer" on the sand at the iconic Crystal Cove Park. Run by Beachcomber Catering, experts in coastal entertaining, festivities here unfold in with energy and ease. Exchange vows beachside before popping around the white picket fence to the Beaches Cottage (yes, that Beaches) with its sand-strewn terrace, for cocktails and dinner. Or, opt to celebrate on the sprawling Beach Promenade, the perfect oceanfront setting for food stations, a surf and turf extravaganza, margaritas and mini-ahi tacos, or just about any delectable cuisine you can image.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

San Diego Mission Bay Resort

San Diego, CA

San Diego Mission Bay Resort's beach ceremony spot is one of the region's loveliest, with Mission Bay's tranquil waters lapping at the shore and sailboats gliding by gracefully in the distance—an iconic snapshot of "America's Finest City", to be sure. For a celebration with a decidedly South Seas twist, consider the exquisite Garden by the Bay, where towering palm trees form a natural wedding arch, or the Bayside Terrace, with its cascading waterfall and striking 60-year-old ficus tree.

Catering: In-house, Preferred list
Price: $$ • $$$

Kona Kai Resort and Spa

San Diego, California

Shelter Island's Kona Kai Resort and Spa has long been a favorite getaway for both visitors and locals. The resort's private beach—an expanse of pristine sand—brings guests right to the water's edge, and the view across the harbor of homes nestled in Point Loma's hills could easily be mistaken for a Mediterranean port village. This makes the beach a coveted ceremony spot, but its permanent fire pits and cabanas set the stage for an awesome cocktail hour or intimate reception, too.

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

Pacific View Tower by Wedgewood Weddings

Oxnard | Ventura, California


Exchange vows on one of Ventura's most scenic beaches, with the Channel Islands in the distance—Wedgewood Weddings's savvy event team will arrange all the details! Afterwards, host your reception a few minutes away on top of the glamorous Tower Club, a window-lined penthouse that captures gorgeous coastal and city panoramas.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach

Oxnard, California

If you can’t imagine getting married anywhere but at a waterfront oasis, you simply can't top this exquisite luxury resort on Mandalay Beach. Built right next to the ocean, with nothing between it and the water but a wide strip of sand, almost every ceremony takes place seaside, nestled among the dunes with spectacular views of the setting sun and Channel Islands in the distance. Elegant receptions may be held in one of two beautiful ballrooms, or opt for something a little more chill on the open-air plaza, which features Sugar Beats, a converted airstream trailer that serves up on trend brews & snacks. At the end of the night, your guests will retire in luxury—with 8½ oceanfront acres of all-suite accommodations, they're guaranteed a once-in-a-lifetime stay.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel

Ventura, California


Ventura's only beachfront hotel, the Crowne Plaza provides everything you need for a waterside wedding on the sand. Exchange vows in front of the waves, then walk off into a glorious sunset as your photographer snaps photos. Meanwhile friends and family begin the party on a private terrace facing the sea. As twilight descends, the celebration moves to the Top of the Harbor Ballroom, which commands a sparkling 360-degree panorama of city lights, hills, and the Pacific Ocean.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Santa Monica, California

This waterfront hotel offers several stunning ceremony and reception spaces ranging from the soft sand of the iconic Santa Monica Beach to the sun-filled atrium to the Arcadia Grand Ballroom. Planning is a breeze thanks to their comprehensive wedding packages and help from their seasoned Wedding Specialists will attend to every detail down to a custom cake created by their own in-house pastry chef.

Catering: In-house, Preferred list
Price: $$ • $$$

Rincon Beach Club

Carpinteria | Santa Barbara, CA


It's only a five-minute walk from the Club's garden and banquet room to Santa Claus Lane Beach, where Rincon's experienced style squad will personalize your ceremony: Imagine a wedding aisle lined with seashells and driftwood, or a bamboo arch draped with tropical garlands—they can even lay grass sod on the sand! In the background, the silhouette of Moroccan-style buildings built into the distant bluff creates the illusion of marrying on an exotic isle.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$


CENTRAL CALIFORNIA



Avila Lighthouse Suites at Avila Beach

Avila Beach, CA

This vibrant, sun-soaked beachfront resort offers ceremonies on the pristine sands of Avila Beach, or on the stunning Sun Deck overlooking the sea. Cocktail hour follows on the Point San Luis Patio, where guests can sip cocktails and enjoy the sound of lapping waves, before transitioning into the bright, airy Point San Luis Ballroom for dinner and dancing. The all-suite resort makes for plush accommodations for guests and the wedding couple, with first-class amenities on-site and plenty of activities nearby.

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $$


NORTHERN CALIFORNIA



Monterey Beach Station

Monterey, CA

With a renovated historic beach house and a right-on-the-sand ceremony spot, it's hard to beat this dreamy setting. The event experts at Events by Classic oversee this beachfront gem, and have made it even more desirable: their flexible event packages let you customize your celebration, from casual barbecue to elegant coastal soirée, complete with bonfires & more. Glorious sunsets and romantic moonlit walks on the beach included!

Catering: In-house
Price: $$

Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Santa Cruz, California

Commanding a prime stretch of oceanfront, the retro-chic and super-fun Santa Cruz Dream Inn welcomes toes-in-the-sand weddings as part of an epic celebration weekend. With a classic lifeguard station to one side, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to the other, and a beachfront swimming pool in the middle, there's no shortage of photo ops with personality-plus. The hotel's versatile ballroom embraces a panoramic vista of the sparkling Monterey Bay, particularly captivating at sunset.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$

Pelican Inn

Muir Beach, California

Patterned after the quaint coastal cottages of 16th-century England, the Pelican Inn is a cozy world unto itself. Wedding groups have the run of the place, including a pub, a glassed-in conservatory, and a garden lawn. Couples can also exchange vows on Muir Beach, a two-minute walk away. Tucked against the forested hillsides of Mt. Tamalpais, it captures the spiritual majesty of Mother Nature. Then it's back to the Inn for a celebratory toast and a hearty English feast by a roaring fire.

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$


*BONUS VENUE*


Perched above the sandy shores, this gorgeous cliffside venue offers stunning ocean panoramas just steps from the beach!


The Cliffs Hotel and Spa

Pismo Beach, CA

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


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