With its dreamy beaches and endless sunshine, Southern California is a great place to plan a romantic couples getaway. From island escapes to white-sand beaches here are our recommendations for couples getaways in 2021!
Located nearby San Diego California, Coronado Island is a great option for those looking to get away from it all. Home to gorgeous beaches, and the historic Hotel Del Coronado, this island truly has a romantic atmosphere. Check out the countless shops at the Hotel Del, or enjoy a romantic walk down the white sand beaches.
2. Joshua Tree National Park
Here’s a great option for a couples looking to add a little bit of adventure to their trip. Joshua Tree National Park is a stunning and serene location. In addition to taking in the gorgeous scenery, the area is also home to all manner of interesting wildlife. Some of the wildlife in the area includes coyotes and kangaroo rats. Additionally, for those looking for a true outdoors experience camping in the area is also an option.
3. Palm Springs
Enjoy swimming pools, shops, and so much more in Palm Springs, CA. This serene town’s name is synonymous with relaxation for a reason! Tucked away in the desert, Palm Springs is a great option for those looking for a peaceful stay. With several lodging options in the town – ranging from AirBNBs to luxurious resorts – you’re bound to find the perfect stay as well!
4. La Jolla, San Diego
Nothing says romantic like a gorgeous sunset, and La Jolla, San Diego, CA has plenty of those! Consider a romantic stroll down La Jolla Shores beach. You’ll also want to stop by and see the famous La Jolla seals, which can generally be found sunning themselves near La Jolla cove. For a bite to eat, consider checking out The Marine Room – an iconic restaurant right on the water.
Malibu, CA is another great option for couples. Relax with your partner on glittering white sands at Zuma Beach. There’s no shortage of lodging here either. If you’re looking to stay near the beach, and experience all-around luxury, consider staying at Malibu Beach Inn. This waterfront resort offers everything from onsight dining to a day spa.
6. Catalina Island
Coronado isn’t the only island worth mentioning in Southern California! If you’re looking to get away from the mainland, consider taking a ferry out to Catalina Island. This dreamy island is home to several resorts, as well as being a popular spot for scuba diving.
7. Lake Tahoe
Another great option for nature-loving couples! Cuddle up with your loved one with an overnight trip to this gorgeous lake. You can look forward to stunning views, outdoor recreation – hiking, swimming, camping -, and a great chance to get away from the distractions of daily life with a trip out here.
This unique town features Danish-inspired architecture. Founded by Danish immigrants, Solvang makes a great couples retreat thanks to its one-of-a-kind atmosphere. The area is home to a variety of wineries, bakeries, and shops. This means you and your partner will have plenty of date options to choose from as well.
9. Santa Barbara
This coastal city is known for its signature Spanish-inspired red roofs buildings. It’s also home to a variety of upscale boutiques and restaurants. The town has no shortage of lodging options either. For those looking for a budget-friendly, but still romantic, option, consider checking out Hilton Santa Barbara. If you’re looking for a fully luxurious experience, you’ll want to look into staying at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara or Rosewood Miramar beach.
10. Big Bear Lake
This mountain lake escape is perfect for a romantic getaway year-round. Those looking for a vacation in the warmer months can look forward to swimming, camping, and relaxing on the lake’s gorgeous shores. Those looking for a getaway in the colder months won’t be disappointed either – the lake is a popular spot for skiing. This is a great option for couples that love outdoor recreation. You’ll be able to bond over fun activities during the day and cuddle up around a campfire in the evenings!
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