If you want a luxurious honeymoon destination not far from the city life, head over to Coronado Beach. By day, lay out on the white sand beach with picturesque views of the Pacific. Later, go sunset sailing or enjoy views of San Diego on a ferry ride under the stars (a less expensive but amazing experience compared to a yacht option).
El Matador State Beach
Embarking on a honeymoon road trip? Make sure you add this Malibu beach to your itinerary. Nestled along the Pacific Coast Highway, it's the perfect spot to watch the tides roll in.
Experience the laid back SoCal lifestyle at this honeymoon destination. Recognized by its scenic pier, Hermosa Beach is included in the South Bay trio (along with Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach). Its casual vibe makes it the perfect spot to unwind, catch some waves or just stroll along the boardwalk.
Speaking of catching some waves, you're in luck with this 10 mile-stretch of sunshine and sand. Also known as Surf City USA (how appropriate, right?) the best ways to get to know the area include kiteboarding and windsurfing.
You probably know this seaside location thanks to MTV (looking at you, Lauren Conrad). Outside of the early 2000's high school drama, it's a coastal paradise unlike any other. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and homebodies alike, you'll find plenty of hikes, snorkeling opportunities and artistic festivals nearby. If you're looking for more natural scenery, take a short drive to the rocky beaches of Crystal Cove State Park.
La Jolla Shores
Another hot spot just outside San Diego, La Jolla Shores is a small beach located near the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve. While fishing is prohibited here, you can dip your toes into the waters (literally) by booking scuba diving lessons.
South of El Segundo and north of Hermosa Beach, this cute beach city also has a recognizable pier among many other attractions. If you're looking for a day long activity, rent some bikes and cruise the 22-mile Marvin Braude Bike Trail. Try not to get distracted by the amazing real estate along the way, you may just find yourself planning to move there...
Outside of the clean beach itself, there's a variety of things to do in Newport Beach. Escape the mainland by way of the Balboa Island Ferry (don't forget to pick up some famous Balboa Bars, too) or treat yourselves to shopping at Fashion Island. You'll definitely find plenty of ways to stay busy here besides relaxing by the ocean.
Situated near the Big Sur River, this rocky beach is a little more off the beaten path. The closest thing to Yosemite you'll find along the Central Coast, it's the perfect place for hiking away from the city crowds.