Honeymoon Ideas In California, USA - Updated 2024

Honeymoon Ideas In California
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The wedding planning is over and now it’s time to relax and rejuvenate as you enjoy your first adventure as a married couple. Given the forest scenery, jaw-dropping ocean views, glamorous shopping, and desert oases, The Golden State is amazingly magical for honeymooners, making it one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world. While you are here, you will have so much to do from outdoorsy adventures to luxury resorts. You and your new spouse are guaranteed the perfect romantic getaway in California which is tailored to your unique travel style and interests. Scroll down and check out the top 10 California honeymoon ideas that we think are the most spectacular for a new couple.

1. Go kayaking in Morro Bay

Morro Bay Kayak
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For your honeymoon holiday, do not miss out on the chance of experiencing the charms of Kayak Morro Bay from the best location on the waterfront. With no experience necessary, both the first-timers and seasoned paddlers can easily rent a kayak and paddle a few strokes against a background of the sea otters, harbor seals and pelicans as you learn more about the rich tidal estuary and diverse wildlife. Apart from Kayaking, Morro Bay is also a wintering area for over 100 species of birds including Peregrine Falcon, Brown Pelican, Brandt Goose and Snowy Plovers, hence providing all-year around bird watching opportunities.

Morro Bay

Address: 551 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 9344

Website: Morro Bay

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2. Take a dip in the Mono Hot Springs

If you are still planning your honeymoon holiday, you should try out the Mono Hot Springs. This honeymoon idea is highly recommended for couples who are searching for a more natural hot springs atmosphere with minimal amenities. Mono Hot Springs has some of the best pool offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains. For groups, there is also an ADA-accessible improved cement tub located close to the parking area which is suitable for larger groups consisting of up to eight people. For a more natural feel, you should continue down the pathway (passing the restrooms) where you will discover three smaller natural pools each able to accommodate up to three people.

Mono Hot Springs

Contacts: (559) 325-1710

Website: Mono Hot Springs

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3. Horse riding along Malibu Beach

Horse riding along Malibu Beach
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Nothing can be more romantic than a horse riding session along the Malibu beach. Thanks to the flexible packages, you can treat your loved one with a 30 minute, 60 minute or 90 minutes’ hose ride depending on your preference. Guests can also opt to hit the open trail alongside a seasoned instructor who will give you one-on-one instruction that focuses on horseback fundamentals such as saddling, grooming, and catching the horse during the riding lessons. Basic safety gadgets such as helmets and equipment are provided, but guests are always advised can bring their own protection gears.

Horse riding along Malibu Beach

Address: 5957 Cavalleri Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

Website: Horse riding along Malibu Beach

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4. Go hiking in Yosemite National Park (from USD 209.0)

For your honeymoon vacation, why not spend it on Yosemite National Park which is famed for its rugged beauty and massive natural attractions. During this full day trip, you will be picked up at your San Francisco hotel Travel aboard a comfortable van and cruise across the new San Francisco Bay Bridge through historic Gold Rush towns to reach the park. While you are here, you will be amazed by supersized natural wonders including El Capitan, Yosemite Falls and the granite cliffs of Half Dome. Before you return to your hotel, you will get the opportunity to enjoy a hike with your loved one among ancient sequoia trees as you enjoy several private hours exploring the park’s wonders.

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San Francisco to Yosemite National Park Day Trip with Entry

Duration: 14 hours

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5. Go wine tasting in Napa Valley (from USD 124.0)

At an affordable price, you can join this tour whereby you will be at the care of a professional driver-guide who will chauffeur you around Napa Valley in a limousine, party bus or a limo van. The tour always begins with a convenient pickup from your hotel and you will be transported in style to four or five premier Napa establishments which includes the Madonna Estate Winery, Domaine Chandon and Hagafen Cellars. When done exploring the wineries, you can relax with a picnic lunch in California wine country as you learn about the history and techniques of local winemaking from vintners and other experts. The day ends with a drop-off to your hotel.

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Napa Valley Wineries Full-Day Tour with Picnic Lunch

Duration: 5 to 6 hours

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6. Picnic in Balboa Park (from USD 199.0)

For your honeymoon, why not ride in a luxury vehicle to Balboa Park for a private tour of the National Historic Landmark District of San Diego. If you book this adventure. you will be able to explore the 1,200-acre (485-hectare) cultural icon with the help of a private personal guide. Just because it is a special day for the two of you, you shall be able to customize your two-hour itinerary with your choice of sights which includes a visit to Rose Garden, the Spanish Village Art Center, the Botanical Garden, Timken Art Museum and Cactus Garden. During your tour, you will also get to hear informative commentary about the park’s history and architecture. Bottled water and snacks are provided.

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The Private Balboa Park Tour

Duration: 2 hours

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7. Gondola ride in the canals of Naples Island (from USD 141.08)

honeymoon ideas in california | gondola ride in the canals of naples island

Create long lasting memories during your honeymoon by treating yourselves with a romantic night riding in a graceful gondola with a gondolier standing at the helm, singing as you sail through the canals of Naples Island. Some of the criteria that you should look at when booking your gondola ride include the distance to your hotel, which sights you prefer to see during your ride, what kind of beverage and food services available along your ride and the availability of singing gondoliers if you prefer a more romantic ride. To capture this special moment, you can also arrange for a photographer to document your whole trip.

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From Naples: Capri Boat Tour

Duration: 9 hour

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8. Spend a day in Disneyland (from USD 885.0)

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For your honeymoon, be different but creative. Try spending some time with your better half by sampling all that Disney has to offer. During this six-hour tour, you shall get an exclusive insider’s tour of either Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure with a private guide. Because it’s a special day for you, you shall avoid all the logistics and lines of a typical Disney visit as your dedicated guide will help you minimize wait time, arrange special insider experiences and suggesting meal locations, thus you will focus on the fun of enjoying Disney and not planning.

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Private Tours at Disneyland and California Adventure

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9. Visit Malibu (from USD 137.0)

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For honeymoons, it is always a great idea to soar over the beautiful Pacific Coast and Malibu Canyon. During this tour, you will take a three-passenger plane from Van Nuys Airport and spend 30 minutes admiring California’s natural beauty combined with the views of Topanga Canyon, the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Mountains. As you fly over the mentioned sites, you will also get to hear informative commentary about the places you visit. Due to federally mandated temporary flights restrictions that occur during L.A Dodgers home matches, your fights may be subjected to rerouting between one hour before, during and after all Dodgers home games.

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Malibu Canyon and Coast Air Tour

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10. Go to Catalina Island (from USD 220.0)

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In this full day tour, you will get the opportunity to explore Catalina Island. The Island is accessed through a one-hour ferry trip which will give you time to enjoy the dolphins, sea lions and seals as you take in sweeping views of the Pacific coast. When you reach the island, you will get to enjoy the option of a self-guided tour of Catalina Island or you can opt to include activities in your ticket price. Whatever your option is, you will get to explore the island at your own pace, visit the charming boutiques and cafés, or hit the water and practice your skills in paddleboard, kayak, glass-bottomed boat or semi-submersible before boarding the ferry for your scenic return trip. Hotel picks up and drops off are included in the tour.

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Catalina Island Day Excursion

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California, USA is one of the few towns that you are able to plan a romantic getaway in. For a special night during your honeymoon, check out the top honeymoon ideas in California listed above.

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