10 Best Places to Propose in San Jose California (2024)

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read



San Jose, California is full of perfect places to propose. Whether you and the person you love are enthusiasts for museums, wineries, gardens, parks, estates, beaches or good food and wine, there’s a beautiful spot to create a lifetime of memories. But where, exactly, should that most important question be asked? This guide describes some of the best places in San Jose to ask that special person to marry you.


In this guide we will explain the following:

  • Romantic Locations in San Jose for Outdoor Lovers
  • Municipal Rose Garden
  • Villa Montalvo
  • San Jose Museum Of Art
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Alum Rock Park
  • Big Basins Redwoods State Park
  • Santana Row
  • Romantic Destinations in San Jose
  • Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
  • Winery
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • Best Places to Propose in San Jose

Romantic Locations in San Jose for Outdoor Lovers


1. Municipal Rose Garden

Located in the heart of San Jose, the Municipal Rose Garden is home to over 3,500 rose bushes, making it one of the most beautiful and fragrant spots in the city. You could propose amidst the colorful blooms and serene pathways of this romantic garden.


2. Villa Montalvo

Located in nearby Saratoga, Villa Montalvo is a historic estate surrounded by lush gardens, majestic redwoods, and scenic vistas. You could plan a visit to the estate and propose amidst the beautiful grounds and elegant architecture.


3. San Jose Museum of Art

Located in downtown San Jose, the San Jose Museum of Art features a diverse collection of modern and contemporary artworks. You could arrange for a private tour of the museum or propose amidst the thought-provoking exhibitions in one of the galleries.


4. Japanese Friendship Garden

Situated within Kelley Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden offers a tranquil oasis with traditional Japanese architecture, lush greenery, and serene koi ponds. You could plan a romantic stroll through the garden and propose in a peaceful and picturesque setting.


5. Alum Rock Park

As one of California's oldest municipal parks, Alum Rock Park features stunning natural beauty with rugged hills, meandering trails, and shady picnic areas. You could hike to one of the park's scenic overlooks or propose beside one of the park's picturesque creeks.


6. Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Situated in the Santa Cruz Mountains, about an hour's drive southwest of San Jose, Big Basin Redwoods State Park is California's oldest state park and home to some of the largest and oldest coastal redwoods. You could propose amidst the towering redwoods on one of the park's tranquil hiking trails or at the picturesque Berry Creek Falls.


7. Santana Row

This upscale shopping and dining district in San Jose features European-inspired architecture, cobblestone streets, and vibrant outdoor patios. You could plan a romantic dinner at one of the restaurants and propose amidst the lively atmosphere of Santana Row.



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Romantic Destinations in Fresno

Fresno is full of romantic beaches, wineries, and zoos. These are some especially romantic locations for a proposal over a glass of wine, at a spectacular vineyard, or on a beautiful beach.

8. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

For animal lovers, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is nestled within a picturesque landscape, offering lush greenery, colorful flowers, and charming animal exhibits. You could choose a scenic spot within the zoo grounds to pop the question, such as by the meerkat exhibit or near the carousel.



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9. Winery

Located in San Martin, just south of San Jose, Clos LaChance Winery offers award-winning wines in a beautiful vineyard setting. You can enjoy wine tasting in their spacious tasting room or relax on the outdoor patio overlooking the vineyards. Guglielmo Winery is situated in Morgan Hill, and is one of the oldest and most respected wineries in Santa Clara Valley. You can sample a variety of wines in their tasting room, stroll through the picturesque vineyards, or enjoy a picnic on the grounds.


10. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Located about 30 miles southwest of San Jose, Santa Cruz is home to a classic seaside amusement park, a scenic beach, and the iconic Santa Cruz Wharf. You can enjoy a romantic stroll along the boardwalk, watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean, and even propose on the beach.


Best Places to Propose in San Jose

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, San Jose 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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