Post # 1
My fiance and I are starting to plan our honeymoon — we’re thinking about going somewhere more remote/relaxing for the first few days and then going to a bigger city for the remainder of the honeymoon. Neither of us are into very warm weather or spending a lot of time laying on a beach, so the more traditional tropical resort kind of honeymoon doesn’t feel like a good fit for us. So, based on the time of year (late March / early April) and what we’re thinking about doing, California seems to make the most sense (but we’re open to other ideas, too!).
For those that live in CA or honeymooned there — any suggestions?
I’ve tentatively started looking into flying San Francisco, renting a car and going down to Carmel-by-the-Sea for 3-4 nights, and then going back up to San Francisco to spend the rest of the honeymoon in the city – maybe another 4-5ish nights. Any specific thoughts on this plan? And, if you’ve done something like this, any specific suggestions of things to do or places to stay?
Edit for some additional info about us: We both work in and live right outside of NYC, so we’re definitely used to and generally enjoy being in a big city. And while I’d be interested in doing some short hikes, I don’t think we’re going to be doing any camping or more intense (5+ mile) hikes.
Post # 2
It wasn’t for my honeymoon, but a couple years ago I did a similar trip. We flew into San Francisco- stayed there for a couple nights, then drove to Yosemite and Sequoia National parks, then drove up the coast back to San Francisco (we stayed at Carmel-by-the-Sea for a night too).
It depends how much relaxing you want to do. My favorte part of the trip was going to the National parks and the aqurium in Monterey. San Franciso was neat, but too busy for my liking to stay there a long period of time. Just 1-2 days there was just perfect. (it was awesome seeing the golden gate bridge, the wharf, and Alcatraz). Carmel-by-the-Sea was nice, but there wasn’t much to do there- we basically ended up just driving through.
Post # 3
So we did something a little bit different for our honeymoon and its totally not for everyone! We actually did a roadtrip honeymoon up the pacific coast highway in California! We flew into San Diego but I wish we would have just flew into LA because we didn’t do much in San Diego. I loved LA and we mostly walked around Hollywood Blvd and then that night we actually camped right on the beach at a place called Thornhill Broome Campground. Very primitive but it was beautiful.
Then we drove up to Pismo Beach and stayed in a hotel there. Pismo was beautiful! It’s a small beach town.
The next night we camped in the Big Sur area at Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground which was also beautiful! Big Sur is expensive but if you can swing it they’ve got a few incredible resorts. We just prefer camping.
We stopped in Carmel and Monterey which were both beautiful and I wish we would’ve stayed the night in Monterey! I felt like I was in another country!
The night after that we actually camped a little north of San Francisco at a place called China Camp. It’s remote but has nice bathrooms and a view of the bay. We spent most of the day walking around San Francisco. If you’ve never been to San Fran prepare to me shell shocked. I thought I had seen big cities because I’ve been to Atlanta and Chicago but San Francisco was a whole other ballgame. The traffic was pretty terrible and it was a bit nippy when we were there in July (about 60 I think). But the city was still pretty incredible. It’s a melting pot. We heard so many other languages being spoken. We mostly walked around down in Fisherman’s Wharf and didn’t have much time for anything else but definetly go there! There’s this awesome old school arcade from the 1930’s called Musee Mecanique. we actually drove up to Jedediah Redwood Forest and let me say I could’ve spent my entire honeymoon there. We camped in the middle of redwoods and it was so so beautiful. Then we finished up our trip in Portland where we stayed in a hotel and flew out. Here’s some pictures for you! The first one is in Monterey! Oh and definetly go to Ghiradelli while in San Francisco! they have awesome ice cream!
Post # 4
Don’t know why the pictures are so big! I’m sorry!
Post # 5
Thanks so much! This is all really helpful.
Post # 6
webee2 : Hi! I’m from California, born and raised and I live near where you are wanting to travel. If you want to start south, I recommend flying into San Jose International Airport, renting a car there and driving south, either over the 17 though the mountain for some windy road through trees, or down the 101 through farmland but it’s an easier drive. Depends on if you like driving or not. I’d suggest going to Big Sur, Carmel, and Monterey (where Fiance and I will get married). They are slow beach towns that feel like another country. Be sure to do the 17 mile drive along the coast! As well as McWay Falls, Bixbie Bridge, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium (6th largest aquarium in the world)!
Then take the lovley drive up the 1 through Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay (stop for a low tide walk at Pillar Point if you can manage) and stay in SF for 3 days. If you are from NYC you probably don’t need any more city living, but you can still enjoy the city’s art and museums in a few days.
I’ve got tons of food recommendations and specific sites to see if you are interested, let me know! Happy planning and I hope you love your trip to CA!