5 Romantic California Honeymoon Destinations
Looking for the perfect homegrown honeymoon destination? California, here we come! My beautiful home state has something for everyone. Whether you’re an adventure-seeking wilderness type, a sun-soaked beach lover, or just want to kick back in gorgeous wine country, there are a wealth of options for California honeymoon destinations. And did I mention the year-round sunshine?
Here are my picks for the most romantic California honeymoon destinations.
Big Sur. If you truly want to get away from it all, Big Sur is the perfect place. This breathtaking stretch of central coastline boasts sparkling sea views, towering redwood forests, rocky cliffs, waterfalls, even a purple sand beach. However, while the natural beauty is the main draw for this hiker’s paradise, Big Sur also has gourmet restaurants and incredible hotels. For example, the super romantic Post Ranch Inn. The adults-only resort has cliff-top infinity pools, ocean views for days, and an on-site spa. BEST FOR: Nature lovers
Catalina Island. A laid-back island getaway just 22 miles off the Southern California coast? Yes, please! Catalina is something truly special – and it isn’t called the Island of Romance for nothing! Think sleepy seaside villages, secluded palm-fringed beaches, and jaw-dropping scenery. There’s also a good range of accommodations, from cozy B&Bs to more luxurious modern boutiqu hotels, and lots of good restaurants and shops. Watching the sunset from the deck of a yacht or walking hand-in-hand along the Avalon waterfront in the moonlight are moments you’ll never forget. BEST FOR: True romantics.
Sonoma & Napa Valley. The vineyard vistas of California wine country are world-famous as romantic California honeymoon destinations and for good reason! The scenery is simply sublime. Napa alone boasts more than 400 wineries, so oenophiles are spoilt for choice. For a unique experience, you can even do your wine tasting aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Gourmands will be spoilt for choice with the thriving local restaurant scene, while outdoorsy types can enjoy hiking and mountain biking. For the ultimate romantic experience, book a sunrise hot air balloon ride and champagne brunch. BEST FOR: Foodies and wine lovers
Lake Tahoe. If mountains are more your speed when it comes to California honeymoon destinations, then head for glorious Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada range. At an elevation of more than 6,000 feet, you can expect crisp mountain air and breathtaking alpine views. In winter, it’s all about skiing of course, but summer offers hiking, biking, and boating at the lake. There are also fine dining restaurants, world-class spas, and luxury hotels. BEST FOR: Active couples
Humboldt County. If gazing at the Sequoia trees is on your bucket list, consider Humboldt County in Northern California for your honeymoon getaway. As well as the majestic Redwood National Forest, Humboldt has scenic coastal drives, quaint fishing villages, and vintage inns. The village of Ferndale is a highlight, with its beautifully-restored ornate Victorian buildings. Stay in the Gingerbread Mansion Inn, which features plush period furnishings and serves gourmet afternoon teas. BEST FOR: Road trippers and history buffs.
Which of these romantic California honeymoon destinations appeals most to you?