11 San Diego Beach Wedding Venues SoCal Couples Will Love

Written by Kim Forrest

One of the benefits of getting married in Southern California, is the number of San Diego beach wedding venues to choose from. There’s something so special about a beach wedding, from the relaxed feel to the gorgeous natural backdrop for ceremonies and receptions. While there are many San Diego outdoor wedding venues, the beach locations are truly unique to the area and are totally breathtaking. And if you’re hosting a destination wedding in the area, there’s really nothing more SoCal than a wedding in the sand.

Check out some of our favorite San Diego beach wedding venues for your wedding day!

L’Auberge Del Mar

This luxe hotel offers stunning outdoor seaside ceremony spaces that are absolutely breathtaking. Seagrove Park features an oceanfront garden setting and can accommodate up to 200 guests. The Pacific Terrace has a panoramic ocean backdrop and can host up to 250 guests. The Sunset Terrace also overlooks the ocean and has a capacity of 120. There are several ballrooms to choose from for indoor receptions. This hotel is really a one-stop-shop for all of your wedding events, and can host rehearsal dinners, morning-after brunches, and more—plus your guests can stay on premises for added convenience!

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Bahia Resort Hotel

Whether you’re hoping for a small, intimate beach wedding or a grand event, this San Diego hotel can make it happen. Mission Bay serves as the gorgeous backdrop for the private beach ceremonies here (there’s also a garden gazebo for ceremonies, in case that’s more your style). Receptions are held in one of the resort’s well-appointed ballroom or on a historic sternwheeler boat (so unique!).

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La Jolla Shores Hotel

Located in gorgeous La Jolla, this is one of the best San Diego beach wedding venues for a destination wedding. Ceremonies can be held toes-in-the-sand on the beach, and there are several indoor spaces for receptions as well, including the Shores Patio with its ocean views and space for up to 200 guests. This hotel wins raves from couples for the accommodating staff, beautiful location, and great food.

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Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort

Your photographer will love all of the beachy photo ops at this Carlsbad resort, which is located right on the ocean. We particularly love that the ballrooms at this hotel have terraces which will make your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception flow easily from one space to the next. This hotel will make planning a breeze, and with so many amenities on site, your guests will love staying here, too! This is also a great venue for rehearsal dinners and other pre- and post-wedding events.

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Paradise Point Resort & Spa

Some couples want their wedding to have that relaxed, beachy feel but aren’t so into having their wedding directly on the beach. This San Diego resort can make that happen. There are four outdoor ceremony spaces including two terraces which overlook Mission Bay. The Paradise Terrace can host up to 400 guests. There are also three indoor spaces for receptions.

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Carlsbad Seapointe Resort

This is one of the more intimate San Diego beach wedding venues on this list, and it’s absolutely stunning for smaller events of up to 100 guests. There are several outdoor ceremony spaces right on the ocean, and the indoor reception space is absolutely stunning, with huge floor to ceiling windows providing lots of natural light and overlooking the Pacific. Couples also rave about the outdoor firepit—a fun addition to any relaxed wedding celebration.

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Kona Kai Resort & Spa

Whether you’re looking for a private ceremony at one of the San Diego beach wedding venues or a garden wedding with a marina view, this resort has it all. This is one of the San Diego wedding venues that offers a variety of spaces for events to suit every style. In fact, there is over 43,000 square feet of outdoor event space here! In particular, the Cabo Courtyard and Marina Terrace have fantastic bay views, and the Point Loma Ballroom has floor-to-ceiling windows your guests will adore.

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Hotel del Coronado

One of the most famous resorts in California, The Del, as it’s known, has that Old Hollywood glamour and beauty that is completely unique for your wedding. If you’re planning on hosting a bigger wedding, this is the place—their beach can accommodate up to 1,500 guests! There are lots of ways to personalize your wedding here, from having the hotel’s “Sandcastle Man” design a custom creation for your big day, or even setting up a fireworks display to close out the night. We also love how the guestrooms at this hotel open right up onto the beach, so you can go directly from your room to your ceremony in seconds!

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Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

If there are two types of San Diego outdoor wedding venues that we love, it’s a garden and a beach—and this San Diego hotel seamlessly combines the two! While yes, you can get married right on the sand at the Catamaran, you can also get married one of two lawns that are directly adjacent to the beach, so you’re overlooking the water, but your feet are on grass! This resort can accommodate up to 400 guests, and is so popular that it won a WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award this year.

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True Beach Events

Hoping to be surrounded by nature at your beach wedding? With True Beach Events, you can host your wedding at one of California’s State Beaches—they make the permit process a breeze. This company also teams up with popular area restaurants so you can bet your wedding will have delicious food as well.

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