A lot of planning goes into the big day and many couples can’t wait to get to the honeymoon part in order to finally relax. Although Orange County is a top destination for weddings, it is also a great place to choose for a honeymoon destination. The mix of romantic hotels, nature and entertainment proves Orange County and the locations near Orange County to be a great choice for the post wedding honeymoon. Here are some of the best places to honeymoon near Orange County.
Catalina Island Visitors Bureau
1 Green Pleasure Pier
Avalon, CA 90704
Part of the Channel Islands archipelago, Catalina Island is located just off the coast and can be accessed from four mainland communities that include San Pedro, Long Beach, Dana Point and Newport Beach. Many can also access the island via helicopter in 15 minutes or up to one hour via boat. For the newlywed couple, the island is filled with moonlit walks, tranquility, sun soaked massages, ocean sunsets and romantic settings. You can also enjoy the time of your life with land and water activities ranging from ziplining and sea trek adventures to scuba diving, snorkling and much more.
Laguna Beach Visitors Center
381 Forest Ave.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
A premier location in Southern California and a top destination for tourists from around the world, Laguna Beach is a beautiful place to head to for your honeymoon getaway. Offering year-round activities for art enthusiasts, nature lovers and beachgoers, Laguna Beach also is a great place for a retreat vacation destination. One of the best places to stay in Laguna Beach is at the luxurious Montage Resort where you will enjoy the fantastic views, amenities and peaceful atmosphere. In town, the main street in Laguna offers restaurants, bars and local stores that give the cozy feel that is Laguna Beach. There are more than 20 coves in the area and for those that are into adventure, you can enjoy everything from surfing, diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking and bike tours.
Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park
1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
Known as one of the most magical places on earth, fairytales come to life at Disneyland. With its magical setting, attractions and entertainment, Disneyland is a great place for a honeymoon. You can check out the fireworks, parades, live music and much more at the theme park. At the Disney California Adventure Park just next door you can explore the lands the bring together Disney and Pixar with its own attractions and entertainment.
29377 Rancho California Road, Suite 203
Temecula, CA 92591
The first man to step foot in Temecula did so 1797, and through the years it developed into a land that is not only filled with historical traditions, but also with natural beauty and entertainment for all ages. Most notably, Temecula is known for its wineries and as the heart of California’s South Coast wine region. The rolling hills and ocean breezes make this destination unique and a must visit for its expansive views and various wineries. Every year an event is held known as the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival, where close to 38,000 people attend. What’s better than taking hot air balloon ride that begins at sunrise with your special someone for your honeymoon?
Palm Springs Visitors Center
2901 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
As the playground for many of Hollywood’s elite in its glory days, and a spot for an amazing modern architecture design, Palm Springs is known as a “place like no place else.” It draws on inspiration for artists and musicians with its natural environment, and The Rat Pack lived, loved and played in Palm Springs too, as well as notables like Bob Hope and Lucille Ball who built their homes here. If you are looking for a sunshine getaway, Palm Springs typically has more than 350 days of sunshine and less than five inches of rain annually. It is also known as the ultimate desert playground with outdoor adventures and amazing spa experiences. Hotels such as the Colony Palms, The Parker and The Saguaro Palm Springs are just some great places to enjoy your honeymoon.
Elle Toussi is a freelance journalist covering all things Southern California. She has traveled to the Middle East in 2013 and 2014 covering the Syrian refugee situation in Jordan. That experience inspired her to become the founder of InOneMinute.org which uses the power of mobile technology and philanthropy to meet specific needs of women around the world. Her previous work can also be found on Examiner.com and AXS.com.