10 Best Places to Propose in California (2023)

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read



California is full of perfect places to propose. Whether you and the person you love are enthusiasts for beaches, parks, gardens, natural scenic beauty, hotels or good food and wine, there’s a beautiful spot to create a lifetime of memories. This guide describes some of the best places in California to ask that special woman or man to marry you.


In this guide we will explain the following:

  • Romantic locations in California
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Napa Valley
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Malibu beach
  • Point Reyes National seashore
  • Outdoor locations to propose in California
  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Balboa Park, San Diego
  • Big Sur
  • Carmel By The Sea
  • San Francisco
  • Mendicino Coast
  • Best places to propose in California


Romantic Locations in California

1. Lake Tahoe

The crystal-clear waters and scenic mountain landscapes of Lake Tahoe provide a picturesque setting for a proposal, whether it's on a serene lakeside or on a scenic hiking trail.


2. Napa Valley

The picturesque vineyards and rolling hills of Napa Valley create a romantic ambiance perfect for a proposal, especially during sunset or amidst a vineyard.




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Beautiful Beaches

3. Malibu Beach

The pristine beaches of Malibu, with their golden sand and crashing waves, create a romantic setting for a beachside proposal, especially during a colorful sunset.


4. Point Reyes National Seashore

This scenic coastal area offers dramatic cliffs, secluded beaches, and stunning ocean views, providing a picturesque backdrop for a romantic proposal.


Outdoor Locations to Propose in California

California is full of romantic gardens, trails, and mountains. These are some especially romantic locations for a proposal on a romantic walk, viewing waterfalls or enjoying a glass of wine or champagne in a secluded spot for the perfect proposal.

5. Santa Monica Pier

The iconic Santa Monica Pier offers a lively and romantic atmosphere, with its vibrant carnival rides, oceanfront dining options, and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.


6. Balboa Park, San Diego

With its lush gardens, Spanish-inspired architecture, and peaceful pathways, Balboa Park offers a romantic ambiance for a proposal, especially near the botanical gardens or the iconic California Tower..


7. Big Sur

Known for its dramatic coastline, Big Sur offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Pfeiffer Beach and Bixby Creek Bridge are particularly popular spots for proposals.


8. Carmel-by-the-Sea

This charming coastal town is renowned for its white-sand beaches, picturesque cottages, and stunning sunsets. Carmel Beach or the scenic 17-Mile Drive are perfect spots to pop the question.


9. San Francisco

The City by the Bay offers several iconic proposal locations. You can propose at the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, Alamo Square Park (home to the Painted Ladies), or on a romantic sunset cruise in the San Francisco Bay.


10. Mendocino Coast

The Mendocino Coast in California is a beautiful and romantic location for a proposal. Take a stroll on Glass Beach, known for its colorful sea glass. As you and your partner search for unique pieces of glass, find a quiet spot and surprise them with a heartfelt proposal. Consider booking a stay at the Little River Inn, a historic and romantic inn with ocean views.


Best Places to Propose in California

While it can be tempting to get wrapped up in elaborate proposal plans, sometimes the very best way to ask the question is a classic, heartfelt, on-one-knee moment. Whatever you and your soon-to-be fiance or fiancee enjoy, California has beautiful and memorable places to propose. Make one of these romantic locations your special place by proposing with the perfect vintage engagement ring.




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Suzanne Sachs

Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started VintageDiamondRing.com in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.


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