On Bended Knee: San Diego Proposal Ideas

If you’re scoping out locations to pop the question, San Diego has so many incredible choices. Whatever tastes and aesthetic you and your significant other have, there’s a setting in this city that will make your marriage proposal unforgettable, including the seven spots below.

Sunset Cliffs

With its sheer cliffs, dramatic views, sea caves, and unique arches, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is a truly proposal-perfect spot. You can wait to pop the question until the sunset itself, or propose at the dreamlike golden hour and then take in the sunset as an engaged couple.

Petco Park during a ballgame

While most closely associated with baseball-loving couples, PETCO Park actually appeals to anyone who wants an audience for their proposal. For a small fee, the stadium allows you to broadcast “Will you marry me?” on its LED board — which always gets a big cheer from the crowd. Check out the stadium’s website to learn more.

Torrey Pines State Beach

For couples that prefer their privacy, Torrey Pines has hundreds of remote spots for more-intimate proposals. Your backdrop of choice will feel like “yours” for years to come, as most likely, fairly few other people will have ever set foot in the exact same stretch of the exact same beach or forest.

A San Diego winery

San Diego’s popularity among oenophiles has led to the rise of the winery proposal, in nearby Temecula. Along with the rustic wine-country scenery, one of the many upsides to this kind of proposal is that you can kick off your engagement with a toast of Cabernet, Merlot, or Sauvignon Blanc. Even better, ask the question from up high in a hot air balloon.

Gondola ride through the Coronado Cays

It’s quite soothing and relaxing to take in the sunset from a gently rocking gondola, and this is why the Coronado Cays have become such a lovely spot for date nights and proposals alike. You can even arrange for the Gondola Company to provide violin players and champagne ice buckets for your special moment. Book your romantic ride on their website.

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is not just incredibly picturesque, but seriously varied, between its museums, gardens, and various styles of buildings. For nature-loving San Diegans, there’s almost nothing more romantic than a proposal in your Balboa spot of choice, whether the lily pond or the quieter butterfly garden or Orange Trail.

Sunset Park/The Dana

The Dana on Mission Bay has something for everyone, and couples popping the question are no exception. At this property, you can tie your proposal to a waterfront walk, a boat cruise, an acoustic-music concert, Mission Beach’s annual Holiday Boat Parade, or any number of other romantic events.