12 Cool Northern California Coastal Destination Wedding Venues

Dreaming of a destination wedding on the misty shores of Northern California? From a charming inn nestled on a dramatic cliff at the edge of a redwood forest to a luxurious resort in beautiful Big Sur, find all the romance you'll ever need in these quaint and cozy seaside towns peppered along this rugged coastline.


Inn of the Lost Coast

Whitethorn, CA

Fab Features: a charming inn situated on a cliff overlooking Shelter Cove • exchange vows on the black sand beach, or high up on the cliffs with unobstructed ocean views • cozy accommodations and endless activities like exploring the Avenue of the Giants, golfing, whale watching, and more!

Catering: BYO
Price: $$ • $$$


Switzer Farm

Westport, CA

Fab Features: 1884 Victorian farmhouse perched on a striking bluff overlooking the Pacific • the 22 private acres provide unfettered ocean and headland views, a private meadow, a garden cottage, historic barn, and garden • the rental includes 3 nights lodging for up to 27 guests in plush yet cozy accommodations

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

Spring Ranch

Little River, CA

Fab Features: historic ranch set on the coast near Mendocino • exchange vows the oceanside bluff or beneath towering eucalyptus trees • enjoy exclusive use of the property with lavish accommodations for up to 23 guests in the Grand Victorian and chic barn loft

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$


Slide Ranch

Muir Beach, CA

Fab Features: breathtaking ceremonies on a grassy bluff overlooking Muir Beach • glamping and late-night celebrations on the adjoining campground • intimate, laid-back receptions in the Yurt, a circular canvas structure with a clear skylight, wooden floor, and wood-burning stove

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$

Corinthian Yacht Club

Tiburon, CA

Fab Features: a landmark Colonial Revival club just steps from the sparkling bay • say 'I do' amongst the expansive views of the harbor and San Francisco skyline • hold your reception in the redwood-paneled Grand Ballroom and beautiful Sun Porch

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

China Cabin

Belvedere, CA

Fab Features: one-of-a-kind first-class social saloon extracted from a 19th-century steamer nestled on Belevedere Cove • the ornate interior boasts a crisply painted arched ceiling highlighted with gold leaf, etched glass windows, and crystal chandeliers • decks on three sides offer jaw-dropping views of the San Francisco skyline and the colorful boats berthed nearby

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$


The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay, CA

Fab Features: a luxurious resort with manicured grounds and panoramic ocean views • exchange vows on the bluff overlooking the water • host your reception under the stars or inside an elegant ballroom designed with vaulted ceilings and sparkling chandeliers

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

Hastings House Garden Weddings

Half Moon Bay, CA

Fab Features: intimate celebrations and elopements in a garden setting • ceremonies in the enchanting half-acre lot on the edge of Miramar Beach • gorgeous photo ops among the lush landscaping, a lovely meadow, and the ocean that's just a few steps away

Price: $ • $$

The Moonraker

Pacifica, California

Fab Features: chic waterfront restaurant in Pacifica serving classic seafood with a modern twist • ceremonies on the attached patio while waves crash below • the indoor event spaces boast floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay

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


Seascape Beach Resort

Aptos, California

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: $$


Hyatt Carmel Highlands

Carmel, California

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: $$ • $$$

Ventana Big Sur

Big Sur, CA

Fab Features: lavish resort surrounded by 160 acres of natural splendor • variety of event spaces from the Redwood cathedral to the Ocean Lawn Meadow to Sur Vista lookout point • the versatile venue can accommodate everything from romantic elopements to extravagant galas

Catering: In-house
Price: $$$

Club Del Monte at Historic Hotel Del Monte

Monterey, CA

Fab Features: Art Deco jewel set amongst 25 acres of landscaped grounds • European-inspired rose gardens and the Peacock Lawn provide beautiful outdoor celebration backdrops, while the glamorous ballroom sparkles with historic details • private beach ceremonies at the secluded Crocker's Cove

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

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