10 Best Places to Propose in Santa Barbara California (2023)

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read



Santa Barbara, California is full of perfect places to propose. Whether you and the person you love are enthusiasts for waterfronts, beaches, gardens, parks 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 Santa Barbara to ask that special woman or man.


In this guide we will explain the following:

  • Romantic locations in Santa Barbara for outdoor lovers
  • Butterfly Beach
  • Santa Barbara Harbor
  • Stearns Wharf
  • Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
  • Santa Barbara Mission Rose Garden
  • Santa Barbara Wine Country
  • LotusLand
  • Romantic Destinations in Santa Barbara
  • Douglas Family Preserve
  • Lark Restaurant
  • East Beach
  • Best places to propose in Santa Barbara

Romantic Locations in Santa Barbara for Outdoor Lovers


1. Butterfly Beach

This beautiful beach offers stunning ocean views and a serene atmosphere, perfect for a romantic proposal during a sunset stroll.


2. Santa Barbara Harbor

Consider a proposal on a private boat or while strolling along the harbor, surrounded by sailboats and the beautiful waterfront.


3. Stearns Wharf

Take a leisurely walk along Stearns Wharf, with the ocean as your backdrop, and find a spot to pop the question with the scenic Santa Barbara coastline in view.


4. Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

This botanical garden offers peaceful trails, lush greenery, and scenic vistas, providing a tranquil and romantic setting for a proposal.


5. Santa Barbara Mission Rose Garden

The fragrant rose garden at the Santa Barbara Mission is a romantic location with colorful blooms, making it an ideal spot for a proposal.


6. Santa Barbara Wine Country

Plan a proposal at one of the charming vineyards or wineries in the Santa Barbara wine country, combining natural beauty with wine tasting and a romantic atmosphere.


7. Lotusland

A unique and enchanting garden, Lotusland offers a magical ambiance with its rare plants, stunning landscapes, and secluded corners, creating an intimate setting for a proposal.


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Romantic Destinations in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is full of romantic gardens, beaches, and parks. These are some especially romantic locations for a proposal over a glass of wine, a spectacular garden, or at a beautiful beach.


8. Douglas Family Preserve

This scenic coastal park provides sweeping ocean views, picturesque trails, and grassy knolls, offering a romantic and private spot for a proposal. sapphire-engagment-rings

I've purchased two vintage rings from Suzanne over the past decade and my wife has loved both. Great service, communication and speedy delivery.”

 Lee S verified buyer

9. Lark Restaurant

Located in the heart of the Funk Zone, The Lark offers a stylish and intimate setting with a rustic-chic ambiance, perfect for a romantic proposal while enjoying their innovative American cuisine.


10. East Beach

With its wide sandy shoreline, palm trees, and views of the Santa Barbara coastline, East Beach offers a picturesque setting for a beach proposal.


Best Places to Propose in Santa Barbara

Whatever you and your soon-to-be fiance or fiancee enjoy, Santa Barbara 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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