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Top Spots in Coronado & San Diego to Propose

Posted 9 years ago

Congratulations, you’ve found the girl of your dreams! Now to seal the deal with a good proposal.

While the proposal style will vary between each couple, here are a few out of the box ideas for San Diego and Coronado.

Beach Proposal

Pack a picnic or go for a sunset walk. This option can be as simple as a well thought out picnic basket and a good sunset. If you are looking for more elaborate, consider setting up the location ahead of time. A few elements you can include are:  

  • Rose petals and flameless candles
  • A sand castle or words in the sand
  • Musician to add to the moment

With over a mile of continuous beach in Coronado, you will be able to find the perfect beach spot.

Hot Air Balloon Ride 

Take the relationship to new heights with a hot air balloon! For the best setting, plan your trip for either sunrise or sunset. Many hot air balloon rides come with complementary Champaign at the end of the trip, but talk to the driver about ways you can make the ride itself extra special. At minimum, see if the driver can snag a photo while you are one knee.  

Gondola Ride

The most romantic of options, take a Gondola ride through the canals of Coronado. Gently glide toward the sunset as your pop the question, with champagne and chocolates discretely packed for after she says yes.

Horse Back Ride

Dance through the waves on horse back for the feel of an exotic adventure. The Tijuana River Valley Nature Preserve is one of the few beaches in San Diego County that allows horses. With the waves quietly crashing along the shore, you can allow an alluring ride to set the mood for your proposal.

Happy Trails San Diego also has photography options with their rides as well. 

Horse-drawn Carriage Rides

Not a fan of sand? Check out the classic carriage ride. With options throughout the entire city of San Diego, you can have them pick you up after a romantic dinner and head through Balboa Park just as the lights sparkle against the night sky. Make it old school by bringing flowers or chocolate.

Sports Game

For the diehard sports fans, go big stadium! Both the Charger’s Qualcom Stadium and the Padres’ Petco Park have the jumbotron, perfect for your message. 

Go For Scenic

There are countless scenic locations throughout San Diego County. Just like the beach, they can be simple and intimate or dressed up with flowers and music.

  • Coronado Ferry Landing
  • Coronado Centennial Park
  • La Jolla Cliffs
  • Balboa Park (Especially romantic at night) 
  • Sunset Cliffs
  • Torrey Pines

Bonus Points

If you are putting the time and energy into making it an extraordinary proposal, capture the moment forever! Hiring a professional photographer means you both with have extraordinary photos to remember the moment for the rest of your life.


Coronado and San Diego offer incredibly memorable options for you proposal. If you are from out of town, consider Coronado Inn as your destination lodging. Nestled into the heart of Coronado, you can easily enjoy romantic walks by the beach or afternoons by the bay.