10 "Saint" Cities Ripe for Romance in California

  • Lovers embrace as sun sets over Alamo Square

    Everyone Leaves Their Heart in San Francisco

    Spanish settlers left California with quite a few "Saint" cities, locations prefaced by San or Santa, Spanish for "saint." No doubt one of the most romantic cities in America, San Francisco is the perfect city to find, nurture, and rekindle love. The iconic Alamo Square, with its "Painted Ladies" Victorian homes and stunning skyline, is a favorite location for marriage proposals and weddings.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Couples enjoy the beauty of Sunset Cliffs.

    Couples Connect on San Diego's Shores

    With 70 miles of beautiful coastline, San Diego beckons lovers to enjoy nature as they relax and celebrate their love on one of the city's many spectacular beaches. Its sunny, mild climate makes San Diego a popular--and romantic-- visitor destination year-round.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • The Mission San Juan Capistrano exudes the romance of yesteryear

    Embrace in the Shadow of a Mission

    What could be more romantic than a Spanish Mission founded in 1776?  The Mission San Juan Capistrano is the site of countless marriage proposals, weddings, and anniversary events. And no wonder. Who wouldn't want to declare their love in such a historically romantic setting?

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Lovers frolick on the sand on the Santa Barbara beach.

    Place Your Footprints in Santa Barbara Sand

    Make footprints, and memories, in picturesque Santa Barbara. Billed as The American Riviera®, this lovely coastal city 95 miles north of Los Angeles speaks to lovers with its stunning natural beauty, miles of beautiful beach, excellent dining and shopping, and historical and cultural attractions--the ultimate in big city sophistication with the charm of a small town.

    Photo courtesy of Visit Santa Barbara, Ron Berg

  • Lovers relish a romantic view of Avalon Bay.

    Santa Catalina: The Island of Romance

    Santa Catalina Island, located 22 miles southwest of Los Angeles, has long been dubbed "The Island of Romance." It served as a popular film location in the early days of Hollywood and became a favorite getaway among the rich and the famous. Today, the island beckons lovers with its Mediterranean charm. The historic town of Avalon exudes romance and continues to be a popular destination for weddings, engagements, anniversaries, and celebrations of love.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • View of San Bernadino from Rim of the World Highway

    Get Your Mountain High in San Bernadino

    The California "Saint" city of San Bernardino is nestled at the base of the imposing San Bernadino mountains. The spectacular Rim of the World Highway leads to the romantic mountain resorts of Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake. The 30-minute drive through the clouds affords breathtaking views down cliffs and valleys, beckoning lovers to stop a moment for an unforgettable mountain high.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • San Jose's Santana Row complex

    Lovers Know Their Way to San Jose

    Nicknamed the "Capital of Silicon Valley," San Jose attracts more than techies to its sunny parks, plazas and downtown neighborhoods. Santana Row, a European-styled shopping, residential, dining and entertainment complex, is a perfect spot for lovers to enjoy dining al fresco and strolling hand-in-hand through the walkways.

    Photo courtesy of San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • The spectacular view from the top of San Jacinto inspires romance.

    San Jacinto: Romance Above the Clouds

    Though not a city, the mountain of San Jacinto, which towers high above the city of Palm Springs, deserves mention since it has attracted lovers of all ages for decades. A favorite romantic adventure is a ride up the rotating Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to Mount San Jacinto State Park.  Lovers can dine above the clouds at the lodge restaurant and enjoy glorious views of the Coachella Valley below.

    Photo courtesy of Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Romantic view from Double Peak Park, San Marcos

    Close to Heaven in San Marcos

    Lovers (and loving families) make their way to Double Peak Park in the city of San Marcos (located 30 miles north of San Diego) for a spectacular 360-degree view over the Pacific and Southern California mountains-- from Mexico to the south to Santa Catalina Island to the San Bernardino mountains north. Accessible by car, this park is a favorite spot for romantic picnics throughout the year, as well as for watching the sun set over the ocean. 

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Golden sunset in Santa Monica

    Sunsets Fire Up Romance in Santa Monica

    Sunsets naturally inspire romance. They don't get any better than from the paths of Palisades Park in Santa Monica, where lovers can look out over the cliffs and watch the sun make its slow descent into the Pacific Ocean.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona