A Romantic Getaway: 7-Day California Honeymoon Itinerary

Author: Nidhi Sood on May 07,2023

California is an ideal destination for honeymooners looking for a romantic getaway. This 7-day itinerary takes you to some of the most romantic places in California, from the beautiful beaches of Santa Barbara to the charming vineyards of Napa Valley. Get ready to create unforgettable memories with your significant other!

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in San Francisco

Arrive in San Francisco and meet your private guide who will transfer you to your cozy hotel. Spend the day exploring the city's most romantic spots, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alamo Square. Enjoy a romantic dinner at a restaurant with a view of the city.

Day 2: Exploring Big Sur

Enjoy a scenic two-hour and fifty-minute drive from San Francisco down the Pacific Coast Highway to reach Big Sur, a nature lover's paradise. As you wind your way through the mountains, you'll be mesmerized by the stunning coastline and endless views of the Pacific Ocean. Once you arrive in Big Sur, take a deep breath of the fresh ocean air and immerse yourself in the serenity of the majestic redwood trees.


Take a leisurely stroll on the beach and enjoy a romantic picnic lunch with panoramic ocean views. In the evening explore the area's hiking trails, where you'll discover hidden waterfalls and lush forests. Spend the night at a cozy cabin with ocean views, surrounded by the natural beauty of Big Sur. With its idyllic setting, Big Sur is the perfect place for honeymooners to unwind and connect with each other.

Day 3: Journey to Santa Barbara

Take a leisurely drive down to Santa Barbara, one of California's most picturesque cities. Enjoy a scenic route along the coast, dotted with charming beach towns and spectacular views. Visit the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden or stroll through the historic downtown area. Stop by the Santa Barbara Mission, a beautiful Spanish-style church and museum, and learn about the city's rich history. In the evening, enjoy a romantic sunset dinner at one of the many seafood restaurants along the harbor. Spend the night at a luxury hotel. The drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara takes about four hours, but the breathtaking views along the way will make the time fly by.

Day 4: Drive to Santa Ynez Valley

After breakfast, hop in your car and head south towards the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley, known for its scenic vineyards and world-class wineries. The drive from Santa Barbra to Santa Ynez Valley takes about fifty minutes. Once you arrive, indulge in a romantic wine-tasting tour and discover the best wines in the region. Enjoy lunch among the stunning vineyards, soaking up the sun and the romantic atmosphere. As the sun sets, head to one of the valley's acclaimed restaurants for a romantic dinner, featuring farm-to-table cuisine paired with local wines. Head to a luxury hotel for a relaxing spa followed by a  candle-lit dinner. Unwind and savor the memories of your romantic day in the wine country.

Day 5: Hot air balloon ride at Paso Robles

Start your day early and head to Paso Robles (a two-hour drive), a renowned place known for its picturesque vineyards and is also known as the hot air balloon capital of the world. Get ready for an exhilarating hot air balloon ride over the sprawling vineyards of Paso Robles. Enjoy a delectable lunch and return back to the hotel for spending a leisurely evening. Enjoy your multi-cuisine dinner at the hotel. 

Day 6 - Exploring Monterey Bay & Napa Valley

Head to Monterey (a two-hour scenic drive), to enjoy an early morning romantic walk on the beach. Then, visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Head to the famous Napa Valley on a three-hour private drive and check into your luxury hotel for lunch. Spend the evening wine tasting and exploring the valley. Enjoy a romantic champagne dinner before returning to your hotel for rest.

Day 7: Departure

Spend the day at leisure, exploring the countryside. Enjoy a farewell lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant, before heading for departure. Your private guide will drive you to the San Francisco International Airport for a flight back home.


Tips for honeymooners traveling to California


  • Pack comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for the weather and activities.
  • Don't forget to take breaks and enjoy some downtime with your partner.
  • Be prepared for unexpected weather changes.
  • Don't forget to bring sunscreen and insect repellent for outdoor activities.
  • Check out local events and festivals to add to your itinerary.
  • Consider purchasing a California Explorer Pass for discounted access to top attractions.
  • Take advantage of the beautiful scenery for romantic photos and memories.

Fun facts to know about California


  • California is known for its diverse landscapes, including redwood forests, stunning beaches, and vast deserts.
  • The state has over 400 wineries and produces more wine than any other state in the US.
  • The iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is painted in a distinctive orange color known as "International Orange."
  • Los Angeles is home to the famous Hollywood sign, which originally read "Hollywoodland" and was created as an advertisement for a real estate development.
  • California has the highest number of national parks in the US, including Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and Sequoia.
  • The state has a vibrant food scene, with a wide variety of cuisines influenced by its diverse population.
  • San Diego is home to the largest urban park in the US, Balboa Park, which spans over 1,200 acres and features numerous museums, gardens, and cultural institutions.
  • California is home to many famous celebrities and has been the filming location for countless movies and TV shows over the years.



When is the best time to visit California for honeymooners?

The best time to visit California for honeymooners is during the spring or fall when the weather is mild and the crowds are smaller.


What are the must-visit destinations for honeymooners in California?

Some of the must-visit destinations for honeymooners in California are San Francisco, Napa Valley, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, and Santa Monica.


How much does a 7-day honeymoon trip to California cost?

The cost of a 7-day honeymoon trip to California depends on the type of accommodation, activities, and dining options chosen. However, on average, it can range from $3000 to $8000 per couple.


What are some romantic activities to do in California?

Some romantic activities to do in California are wine tasting, hot air balloon rides, beach walks, sunset cruises, and stargazing.

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