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 vibe to the gorgeous natural backdrop for ceremonies and receptions. While there are many San Diego outdoor wedding venues, the beach wedding sites near San Diego 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 ceremony 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 oceanside 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 San Diego beach 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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La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
What could be dreamier than saying "I do" on your own private stretch of beach? This club and resort is set on 14 acres in La Jolla, and features some of the most beautiful ocean views we've seen in Southern California. Host your ceremony on the beach, followed by an outdoor reception on the beach or the patio, or inside the Walnut Lounge. This venue can accommodate weddings of up to 300 guests, but smaller events, like rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, and showers, can all be hosted here, as well. And—bonus!—in-house catering and on-site overnight accommodations make wedding planning a breeze!
Bahia Resort Hotel
Whether you’re hoping for a small, intimate wedding or a grand event, this San Diego beach wedding venue and 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 wedding photographer will love all of the 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 and beach wedding venue near San Diego 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.
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 sites 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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San Diego Mission Bay Resort and Spa
At this popular San Diego beach wedding venue, you'll find a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces for your special day. Choose between exchanging vows right on the Mission Bay beach or in the Garden by the Bay, a waterfront lawn surrounded by tropical greenery. There are several reception spaces, including the grand International Ballroom, which can host weddings and events of up to 700 guests; the elegant Mediterranean Ballroom, with room for up to 230 people; or the outdoor Bayside Terrace, where you can enjoy a wedding reception under the stars. Along with the on-site accommodations, there are several all-inclusive wedding packages to choose from, all of which include catering, wedding cake, rentals, and more. This venue specializes in South Asian weddings and elopements.
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
This Couples' Choice Award-winning venue features a ceremony site surrounded by both the Pacific Ocean and the San Diego Bay with a backdrop of the city skyline. The Loews Coronado Bay Resort is set on a 15-acre peninsula, and offers six different event spaces for your big day and beyond—there's room for up to 900 guests! And with on-site accommodations and tons of amenities, your guests will absolutely love staying here for the ultimate destination wedding weekend.
Carlsbad Seapointe Resort
This is one of the more intimate beach wedding venues in San Diego 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 Ocean. Couples also rave about the outdoor fire pit—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 San Diego beach wedding venue for you—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 guest rooms 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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Alila Marea Beach Resort
This luxurious Encinitas beach wedding venue features some of the most beautiful panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean we've seen. Host a beachfront wedding ceremony at Ocean Bluff, with the sea as your backdrop, followed by a reception inside the Oceana Ballroom, which can host weddings and events of up to 300 guests. And not only are there several wedding packages to fit your style and budget, the on-site accommodations will turn your nuptials into a spectacular destination wedding weekend getaway for your entire crew.
Pacific Coast Grill
There are so many reasons why we love a restaurant wedding venue—great food, fantastic service, unique decor, and, in the case of Pacific Coast Grill, a location right on the beach. This Cardiff restaurant can accommodate weddings for up to 200 guests, and allows you to host your ceremony in the sand. This is also a great location for rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, and other wedding-related events.
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 say "I do" on 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's won several WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Awards.
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The Coaster Terrace at Belmont Park
If you're looking for a San Diego beach wedding venue with a side of nostalgia, this unique oceanfront terrace and event space is definitely worth checking out. Located near the famed Great Dipper Roller Coast (an amazing backdrop for fun wedding photos!), this 4,000-square-foot rooftop venue offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions of up to 330 guests.