Five Beautiful Places in San Diego for Your Beach Wedding
San Diego is one of the most popular beach wedding destinations in the world, thanks to its gorgeous year-round climate and stunning beach locations. Couples can choose from a variety of beaches, from popular ones to others that are more quiet and secluded. Permits are required to hold a wedding in most San Diego beach locations, so be sure to note the permit information with each destination below.
There is also a great choice of San Diego vacation rentals for the engaged couple and their guests, from cozy one bedroom apartments in Mission Beach for the wedding night or a romantic honeymoon, to luxury estate homes in La Jolla that can accommodate the entire wedding party. Look into the best choice for your wedding, the book the San Diego vacation rental early to avoid disappointment.
Here are our picks: Five Best Beach Wedding Sites in San Diego
Coronado BeachBrides envisioning a barefoot-in-the-sand dream beach wedding will love Coronado Beach. This long stretch of golden sand is divided into South Beach, Central Beach and North Beach. The historic Hotel del Coronado faces the beach and makes a great place for drinks and an informal reception after the event.
The Lowdown: Permits are only required for groups of more than 25 people. Apply to the San Diego Park and Recreation Department or visit www.coronado.ca.us at least 30 days prior. You can set up chairs, flower arches and decorations to your heart’s content.
Windansea BeachLocated in the charming area of La Jolla, Windansea Beach has incredible sandstone rocks that make a beautiful backdrop for photographs. It is a great choice for smaller groups, has several natural spots for a wedding and, if you time it right, incredible sunset views.
The Lowdown: All weddings at this location require a permit from the City of San Diego. Contact the Park and Recreation Department or visit www.sandiego.gov for permit info, giving at least 30 days notice.
Mission BeachMission Beach is a popular one-mile stretch of gorgeous sand between South Mission Beach and Pacific Beach. It is conveniently close to the oceanfront promenade and Belmont Park. It is a beautiful site to hold your San Diego beach wedding, but it can be busy at times.
The Lowdown: Permits are required for all weddings on Mission Beach, and they are only issued for weddings taking place before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. Contact the San Diego Park and Recreation Department or visit www.sandiego.gov at least 30 days ahead of time.
Cuvier ParkOverlooking the crashing waves in La Jolla, the Cuvier Wedding Bowl is in a delightful small park nestled below street level and bordering the sandy beach. This is the most popular beachfront wedding location in La Jolla.
The Lowdown: This beachfront location books up quickly for weekends and only one permit is issued per day. Permits are required for all weddings, and can be obtained by contacting the San Diego Park and Recreation Department or visiting www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/parks/shoreline/cuvier.shtml. Permits are for a maximum 40 people, and are for wedding ceremonies but not for receptions.
Sunset CliffsThis lovely cliff top spot near Point Loma vacation rentals is a top beach wedding site in San Diego with a superb Pacific Ocean backdrop for photographs. It is particularly lovely at dusk with incredible sunsets. Ladera Street lends itself to smaller weddings (under 50 people) while Luscombs Point is ideal for larger gatherings (under 150) with plenty of space for chairs, music etc.
The Lowdown: Being on a cliff top, this location is not ideal for guests with small children. Permits are required for any number of people. Contact the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department or visit www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/parks/shoreline/sunset.shtml, giving at least 30 days notice.