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Top 10 Romantic Destinations in California

  1. Carmel-by-the Sea
Carmel-by-the Sea

Carmel-by-the Sea is an upscale resort town located at northern California. It is famous for its boutiques, secret pathways and pretty cottages. It is the perfect location for a long honeymoon or for a quick romantic getaway. The town is filled with many art galleries and restaurants. 10 minutes away from the town, there is a beach bordered by lovely cypress trees. You can also visit the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Course which is located just a few minutes from the town center.

 

  1. Santa Catalina Island
Santa Catalina Island

Santa Catalina Island is everything a romantic desires. It has seaside villages, beautiful islands and quiet secluded beaches. The largest town is Avalon and it offers a wide variety of accommodation options. This includes everything from modern resorts to historic hotels. For a quick sunbathing experience, you can escape to any of the beaches at Avalon. If you are more of an outdoor person, you can indulge in kayaking, swimming and snorkeling. If you just want to take in the local beauty, then you can head to Two Harbors. It’s a little village offering beautiful beaches and campsites. Santa Catalina is located just an hour from Los Angeles.

 

  1. Mendocino County
Mendocino County

Mendocino County is a peaceful stretch of uninterrupted coastline in north California. Redwood trees flourish here and tower above everything else. Wildlife is also available in abundance. Mendocino County mainly draws tourists because of its untouched beaches and unspoiled environment. It is also a good location for enjoying outdoor activities like boating and kayaking. The location might be remote, but it has lots of bed and breakfasts, inns and spas. Fort Bragg and Mendocino are old-fashioned Victorian towns offering specialty shops and fine restaurants. Another noteworthy location is Gualala, which is a small town bordered by redwood trees.

 

  1. Sonoma County
Sonoma County

Sonoma County is where the iconic Windows wallpaper picture was taken. Remember the green rolling hills wallpaper? This is where it was photographed. Located just an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma is an idyllic destination. It is covered with vine-covered hills which seem to be rolling endlessly. Visitors mostly come here for enjoying the natural beauty and for attaining some peace. Popular activities include mountain biking, hiking and riding hot air balloons. There are also several boutiques and award winning restaurants waiting for you to drop in!

 

  1. The Russian River
The Russian River

The Russian River is a popular choice during summer months. It offers a number of lively outdoor activities. This includes fishing, hiking and swimming. There is also sunbathing at any of the beaches located near the river. However, this doesn’t mean that the river cannot be visited at any other time of the year. The quietly flowing river and the redwood trees surrounding it are good for a visit any time of the year. Guerneville, one of the major settlements near the river, offers a wide variety of accommodation options. You could take your pick from homely inns or rustic lodges.

 

  1. Ferndale
Ferndale

Ferndale is truly a place where you can get away from it all. It is a place for just spending some great time with your partner. Ferndale is a quiet village going back to the Victorian era, located in the North Californian countryside. Bordered by two redwood forests, Ferndale is a place which takes you back in time. Popular things to do here are visiting the Humboldt Botanical Garden and taking a drive on the Lost Coast. Other popular activities include taking walks on the beach, horse riding and hiking inside the redwood forests. Some of the best accommodation options include the Victorian Inn, the Gingerbread Mansion Inn and the Francis Creek Inn.

 

  1. Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is a small community consisting of woodlands and small farms. It’s a popular weekend destination for couples. It is also the popular choice for a quick day trip. Filled with hiking trails and unspoiled beaches, Half Moon Bay is filled with cute bed and breakfasts. Take romantic walks with your partner at the Half Moon Bay State Beach. Enjoy the cool wind blowing on your face while you walk. Visit any of the cute local boutiques to buy some fashionable apparel. Stay at any of the English-country-style inns and make the most of your vacation.

 

  1. Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Promenade

Santa Barbara is often referred to as American Riviera because of its ambiance and beautiful scenery. It is a prominent Californian destination with a beautiful coastline. The whole region is filled with sandy beaches and is home to a historic Spanish mission. The downtown houses several art galleries, cafes, boutiques and restaurants. As a visitor, you can do some shopping or you can get a relaxing massage at a spa resort. Or you could go for some sailing or biking. There are also opportunities for hiking. Of course the best option is to visit the beach with your significant other and simply watch the sun go down.

 

  1. Avila Beach Resort Town and Hot Springs
Avila Beach Resort Town

Avila Beach Resort Town is considered to be a gem on the Californian coast. Soaked with sunlight on almost all days of the year, it is home to an endless sandy coastline. Located 7 miles north of Pismo Beach, Avila Beach Resort Town is popular with couples and surfers alike. The beachincludes a boardwalk which is always impeccably manicured. It’s a perfect location for going on a long romantic walk. Once you get tired of the walk, you can visit any of the restaurants located on the boardwalk. Enjoy eating delicious local cuisine while watching the waves of the ocean hit the coast.

 

  1. Big Sur
Big Sur

Big Sur is beauty for the soul. It is not just a beautiful location, but is also an inspiring one. Since the 1940s, Big Sur has been inspiring writers and travelers alike. It provides the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy world. Big Sur is accessible only through a long winding road. This road is only two lanes and goes winding through steep cliffs. Sounds exciting? It gets even more exciting once you reach there. Big Sur is a stretch of coastline which feels like it is cut off from the world. You may not even receive cell phone signal at certain places! In spite of this, the area is filled with various resorts, restaurants and hotels.

Originally posted 2017-06-20 06:59:03.

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