Dreamy Places to Elope in San Diego | The Best San Diego Elopement Locations & Venues

The Best San Diego Elopement Locations & Venues

Dreamy Places to Elope in San Diego

Ahhh to elope in sunny San Diego, wouldn’t that be the dream?!

Well, it doesn’t have to be just a dream! Today I’m sharing all the best places to elope in San Diego! Let’s make this vision a reality, shall we? We’ll dive into each San Diego elopement location, but feel free to contact me to hear more about eloping in San Diego!

Please note: All locations mentioned are outdoor areas that need your care! Please follow all Leave No Trace principles (especially with wildflowers) and enjoy these beautiful, wild places! Permits may be required. As your California elopement photographer, I can help you navigate picking a location, acquiring permits, and following LNT principles!

Here are the best places to elope in San Diego! Enjoy!

Sunset Cliffs

Sunset Cliffs is one of the most gorgeous places to elope in San Diego
Groom spinning his bride at Sunset Cliffs Elopement

There’s a reason this place makes all of the top lists — it’s pretty magical! This is an absolutely fabulous place to watch the sunset and I even have a little secret cove to retreat to so we can avoid the crowds! It’s almost imperative you select a weekday for this San Diego elopement location as it’s ultra-popular (but wooorrrrttthhhh it).


This one is for the hippie folk and vegan food lovers. This beach town is perfect to have a day to adventure and enjoy all it has to offer. Beautiful, interesting, and full of characters, eloping in Encinitas would be one awesome elopement day!

La Jolla

La Jolla is one of the most beautiful places to elope in San Diego
Couple kissing on the beach for La Jolla elopement photos

Where rugged beach and absolute luxury meet! With all the fabulous dining and epic views, how can you pass on this location?

I’ve even got a special little cove I like to photograph couples in so let me know if you’d like to be one of them 😊

Mission Trails Regional Park

Mission Trails is a great San Diego Elopement Location
Mission Trails is the best places to elope in San Diego

This massive park is such a beauty! I absolutely love the rolling hills of the San Diego area and vote they are one of the best places to elope here! Featured beautifully here in Mission Trails Regional Park, the rolling hills are lit stunningly in the evening and the way the sun sets behind them I just adore! Definitely consider this park for your San Diego elopement location!

Torrey Pines

Couple running on beach in Torrey Pines elopement location
Torrey Pines is one of the best places to elope in San Diego

Famous for sooooo many things already, but let’s add ultimate elopement location to its title! Totally stunning, and unique in its own ways, Torrey Pines would make a great spot to commit yourselves to one another!

Blacks Beach

San Diego’s famous nude beach is actually a wonderful place to take pictures! While I’m completely comfortable with nudity (I am an outdoor boudoir photographer, after all) I think it’s worth it to be openminded about this location because of its stunning cliffs and tall sandstone walls! So gorgeous!

Heck, maybe this beach will inspire you and we’ll end up with a little skinny dipping to top of our evening 😉


About an hour east of the city, Julian provides a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of it all. Imagine the wind blowing through the tall grass, mountain views, and a quiet place to say your vows away from it all! That’s what Julian has to offer you!

Carlsbad Cliffs

Up in the Northern part of San Diego County, Carlsbad Cliffs provides lovely sunsets, an adorable village for dining, and easy access as it’s right off the 5! This is super close to my home in Oceanside and it’s always a place we enjoy for quality time together!

Coronado Island

In a word – CHARMING.

Coronado Island is the cutest little community and I’ve had the privilege of spending a lot of time there! You’ll want to check out the historic Hotel Del, walk up and down Orange Ave to see all the shops, and spend time on the soft sandy beaches! Rent a bike to really top off the charm factor!!

Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Couple sitting in the wildflowers in Anza Borrego State Park for elopement photos
Anza Borrego is one of the best places to elope in San Diego County

Anza Borrego is technically still in San Diego County so I am going to happily put it on the list! I absolutely love Anza Borrego, especially in the Spring! The wildflowers, the canyons, the mountain views –I love it all!

This area can get pretty remote so if you are looking for a little more privacy, this may be your spot!

Annie’s Canyon

Want that slot canyon feel of the southwest, but want to stay costal? Annie’s Canyon is so your BFF. Get your hike on and adventure around these super cool slot canyons for your day!

Glamis Sand Dunes

Sand dunes elopement inspiration

Ok… this one is technically just outside of San Diego County, but I HAD to include it because it’s so dang fun. A 2.5-hour drive from the city, I say it’s super worth it for a little room to play and have a truly intimate elopement ceremony!

Paired with Moroccan boho vibes, I see this spot being the best everrrrr 🙌🏼

Balboa Park

Another famous spot, Balboa Park has to make this “top places to elope in San Diego” list because it truly is a beautiful place. The architecture, the plant life, and the insane about of variety (hello cacti next to flower gardens next to ancient trees) this location offers, I’m certain you’ll find everything you want here!

Do you want to elope in San Diego now or what?!

I’m so passionate about sharing all of the beauty my home town has to offer to eloping couples as well as sharing my personal secret locations + all my best tips to having your best day ever! If you are interested in hearing more, fill out the pink contact form below!

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