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San Francisco - One of the Most Romantic California Vacation Spots
By Greg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: Mar 20, 2015

California + Travel + Romance: where exactly will you spend your next romantic California vacation?

Our favorite California vacation spots may become yours too, including romantic spots on the Central & Northern Coast (Hwy 1 destinations like spectacular Carmel & Big Sur, Mendocino and Fort Bragg), desert resorts in Palm Springs, and of course, L.A and Frisco.

Best Time to Getaway to California - anytime really! That may depend more on when you need to getaway from wherever you're at. Expense-wise, some of the best travel deals can be found anytime away from public holidays and spring break season.

Our Choice - Top 3 Romantic California Vacation Spots:

1. San Francisco: no surprise here, but even in 2014, San Fran' just keeps on being amazing. Enough superlatives about romance and San Francisco have been written to fill volumes, but see it for yourselves and don't miss exploring the great neighborhoods of the City by the Bay, as well as a night or two in a small romantic inn.

2. San Diego: lots of vacation, honeymoon or anniversary things to do here, like trolley rides to the Gaslamp Quarter, daytrips to Coronado Island, romantic dining in La Jolla and lots more, and all in the best climate in the USA.

3. Carmel: tucked away along the coast in Monterey County, this quiet little seaside town is a natural for picnics by the waves, a relaxing stroll among the galleries and cafes, or an attractive base for exploring more of the California's wonderful Big Sur.

Northern California Romantic Travel

Couple along the Romantic Northern California Coast

Checking Out the Romantic Northern California Coast near Mendocino, CA

Central California Romantic Spots

San Luis Obispo, CA - one of the most laid back and delightfully romantic places on the Central California Coast. Full of fresh Pacific breeze and reliable California sunshine, there's a plenitude of beach walks, wine tasting and tours just minutes away.

  • Romantic Place to Stay: "Comfortable, quiet & romantic" is how couples describe the San Luis Creek Lodge, a small inn with suites featuring jetted tubs and fireplaces. 2015 Rating for Romantic San Luis Obispo Hotels: 90% of Couples Rate* it  Excellent/Very Good (1941 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo CA  805-541-1122)

Paso Robles, CA - hot springs & wineries are good ingredients for a weekend filled with romance, and this smaller Central California community boasts both. Perfectly placed almost exactly 1/2 way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this small city of 30,000 is a hub for food tours & fine dining, specialty shops, and some very nice landscapes dotted with vineyards waiting to be explored. 

  • Romantic Place to Stay: Hotel Chaval, a 16 room boutique hotel that will welcome you with chocolate chip cookies, and check you into luxurious rooms complete with spa robes, teak furniture, sun decks and fireplaces. 2015 Rating for Romantic Paso Robles Hotels: 93% of Couples Rate* it  Excellent/Very Good (1021 Pine St, Paso Robles CA 866-522-6999)

Romantic Southern California Destinations

Romantic Getaway in Dana Point, Southern California

   High Above the Pacific in Dana Point, CA along the Romantic Southern California Coast

  • Southern California Romantic Getaway - if you're not exactly sure about where to holiday or honeymoon in SoCal, this will give you an overview of some of romantic things to do, hotel packages and spots for couples in places like Santa Monica, Laguna Beach and Catalina Island. 
  • Romantic Getaways in Los Angeles - forget about the theme parks and discover LA's great beach communities! Explore sunny Santa Monica, stroll the waterways of the Venice Canals, and discover Naples Island by hydro bike or romantic gondola. 
  • Romantic Getaway in San Diego - say hi to the best weather in the USA! The Gaslamp Quarter, Coronado Island and luxurious La Jolla are just some of the highlights

Romantic Places to Stay in California

Casa Laguna Romantic Southern California Bed and Breakfast Inn

"Pool and Palms" at the Magnificently Romantic Casa Laguna Inn & Spa, Laguna Beach, CA

  • Top 10 Romantic Hotels in San Francisco - in a city full of great places for couples to stay, we try to narrow it down and give you a good idea on where you'll find romantic accommodation within your budget.

Video: Top 10 Romantic California Vacation Spots

Here's our new HD video of romantic travel in California. In just 2 minutes you'll see scenes that include:

  • Riding a cable car in San Francisco
  • Sunset on the Mendocino Coast
  • Romantic Pool at the Casa Laguna Inn, Laguna Beach
  • Gorgeous Canals of Venice, CA
  • Historic Winery in Napa Valley

5 of California's Most Romantic Beaches

1. La Jolla Cove - outstandingly beautiful and serene enclave of beach and cliffs in this swanky North San Diego neighborhood. You may see seals and sea lions, some wedding photos being taken, and certainly fantastic sunsets on clear evenings.

2. Carmel - pick up a quick lunch in downtown Carmel and head west for a great time on the white sand. Occasionally the fresh ocean breeze brings along some fog, but it adds to the romance! 

3. Coronado Beach - "gorgeous" is the word that comes to most visitor's minds when they set foot on this beautiful soft sand beach. Great location too in San Diego, close to good dining and accommodation.  

4. Laguna Beach - couples holidaying here love the clean sand and water, and nearby Heisler Park and Crystal Cove State Park are very scenic stops on your way to the water.

5. Baker Beach, San Francisco - any strip of sand with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background must rate high on the romance scale! Parking can be a bit of a challenge, but it's well worth the effort. Great spot for watching people and the ocean.

More California Getaways & Deals

Elope in Californiaelopement ideas and destinations in Northern, Central and Southern California, including romantic Wine Country inns with wedding packages.  

Up to 50% Off Romantic California Hotels & Inns - save big on great places for couples getaways, like San Diego's La Jolla Cove Suites, The Grand Del Mar, and The Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, CA.

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