Whether you’re celebrating a wedding anniversary, trying to find a spot to have a babymoon, or you just want to get away and have some time away from the kids, there are dozens of romantic getaways for couples in Southern California. Read on to get ideas!
Once you become a parent, finding time to nurture your relationship can be a challenge, but it’s a challenge that’s worth taking on. Taking a trip — even a short one, even if you don’t go far — and getting away someplace without your kids in tow is a great way to remind yourselves who you were in the before times — before having kids.
Living in Southern California means you have options for romantic vacations in the mountains, by the ocean, at nearby wineries, or at one of the many resorts here. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, SoCal has it all. Check out all of these romantic getaways near Los Angeles!
- Romantic Getaways in Malibu
- Romantic Getaways in Beverly Hills
- Romantic Getaways on the Coast
- Romantic Getaways in Pasadena
- Romantic Getaways in Temecula
- Romantic Getaways in Downtown Los Angeles
- Romantic Getaways in Santa Barbara
- Romantic Getaways in Ojai
- Romantic Getaways in Palm Springs
- Romantic Getaways in San Diego
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Romantic Stays in Malibu
Malibu is famous for surfing and celebrity hideaways, or so they say, and it’s a super romantic spot for a getaway. There are beautiful beaches for swimming and strolling, or hikes in the hills overlooking those beaches. With its long stretches of open space, Malibu can feel like it’s a world away, even though it’s really only a few miles from the Valley or Santa Monica.
Enjoy the sunset and a terrific meal at one of Malibu’s famous beachfront cafés and restaurants, and maybe do some shopping at one of the tony boutiques. Don’t be surprised if you see celebrities on the beach or at the store — they’re really just like us!
This looks like an ideal retreat: an adorable Casita, walking distance to the beach, but secluded and surrounded by beautiful landscaping. Enjoy the sounds of the ocean as you spend time with that special someone.
This is a spectacular, spacious unit with ocean views, a kitchen, large TV, and a luxury bathroom with a huge steam shower you’ll appreciate after an afternoon on the beach. Enjoy direct access to the beach while staying close to Santa Monica and Malibu. You may just want to order your food delivered and never leave.
This beautiful hillside home overlooks the ocean with 180-degree views and will feel like a magical place to spend time with the ones you love, enjoying the view and each other.
You’ll get an unobstructed panoramic view of the ocean with this rental that’s right on the sand. Close to restaurants, with vaulted ceilings, a patio, 2 bedrooms, a fireplace, a garage, and more, I think there’s no more to say — enjoy!
This spot is private, with a rooftop hot tub, fire pit, and grill. Inside it’s spacious and has room for a family. Enjoy the fireplace, multiple decks, and ocean views. Sounds romantic to us!
Romantic Stays in Beverly Hills
Romance is alive in 90210. You two can stay in a luxury hotel or a luxury Airbnb, and then you’ll have your choice of fine dining and high-ticket shopping experiences. From art openings to theater, there is plenty of nightlife in Beverly Hills as well.
Enjoy Rodeo Drive luxury and privacy at this amazing VRBO. Opulence and romance go together!
701 Stone Canyon Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90077
The Hotel Bel-Air is well-known as one of the most romantic places in Los Angeles, whether you’re planning a stay or you just want to dine in their amazing restaurant. Nestled in wooded hills, the hotel is the epitome of understated elegance, and perfect for a private getaway, whether you stay by the pool or the swan lake.
Privacy and luxury are the watch-words here in this stunning VRBO stay in Beverly Hills.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
This iconic pink hotel, famous for its many Hollywood legends and movie appearances, promises a blend of vintage glamour and modern luxury. Known for their attention to detail and high standards of service, you’re sure to have an unforgettable romantic stay here.
Romantic Stays Along the Coast
Southern California’s coastline is long and gorgeous, and there are many different beach communities to choose from when picking a place to stay. From Santa Monica to the Palos Verdes peninsula, you can have a low-key or luxury experience, depending on what you like best.
Feel like sailing? What about spending the afternoon kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding on the Pacific Ocean? Maybe hunting around the tide pools is more your style, or shopping and dining at one of the many seaside spots. Whatever makes it romantic for you, enjoy.
Shutters on the Beach
1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Right on the beach in Santa Monica, this hotel has it all: dining, pool, spa — and the ocean. With a design that evokes a cottage on the East Coast, this hotel is a delightful romantic getaway for a SoCal couple.
Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey
4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Overlooking the yachts in the marina, this hotel offers a romantic stay with an ocean breeze. Stroll past the boats on a leisurely walk and be on the lookout for harbor seals sunning themselves on the docks. There are many beach activities to sample, as well as terrific dining options nearby.
100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
This sprawling resort overlooks the Pacific and has amenities to speak to all of your needs, with on-site dining, a spa, and nearby beach combing. A short drive from the famous Wayfarers Chapel, it might just put you in the mood to renew those vows.
Romantic Stays in Pasadena
Pasadena is perfect for visiting places like the Huntington Gardens and Library, the Norton-Simon Museum, or the Gamble House — this time without the kids. There’s plenty of culture to be had, and in such a beautiful setting.
Get your daily steps in by walking around the famous Rose Bowl, or trace the route of the equally famous Tournament of Roses parade. Or drive a short distance to have some of the best Chinese food in SoCal. Or just find a quiet spot at your hotel or airbnb and relax.
Langham Huntington Hotel
1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106
With a glamorous history and impeccable luxury, the Langham is a wonderful place for a romantic getaway. The enormous property begs to be explored.
Romantic Stays in Temecula
Visiting Temecula means getting a glimpse of what the old west was like, seeing a bit of California’s history still visible, and also watching the changes happen as more people settle in the region. You can spend time strolling, shopping, and dining in the quaint Old Town area, or you can sample some of the terrific wines from the local wineries.
This fabulous villa could possibly be one of the most romantic spots we’ve ever seen, with mountain views and thousands of vines all around. Big enough for a couple or a small family to rent, it’s sure to feel extra romantic to have it all to yourselves.
Book early to get this fabulous villa for your romantic getaway: it is super popular — and we can see why!
The name and pool photo say it all — this place is stunning and we want to go right now.
Wine lovers — take note: this fabulous Temecula estate is located in a vineyard!
Located on “Cabernet Street,” you know this place is going to be the perfect place to stay in Temecula! At least for us Red Wine lovers… Plus you’ll have a great view of the Hot Air Balloons.
This stay is perfect for lovers who share an affinity for the Vintage look and who like close quarters, staying in a unique spot, and having fun!
Romantic Stays in Downtown Los Angeles
DTLA can be one of the most romantic places in SoCal, if you like that sort of thing — like a night skyline illuminating the skyscrapers, trendy restaurants and shops, plus the vibrant arts and culture scene. Feeling the pulse of the city may be just the thing to spark a romantic getaway.
The Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071
This hotel offers classic elegance and a storied past, set in the heart of Downtown LA, right on Pershing Square. A few blocks’ walk from Grand Central Market for casual dining, or a number of restaurants offering fine dining, the historic Bradbury Building for a tour, or a stroll through the nearby jewelry district for a few new baubles, maybe?
The Ritz-Carlton at LA Live
900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015
A relatively recent addition to the LA skyline, this luxury hotel would make for a great romantic getaway, perfect for a couple who wants to be at the center of activity, nearby concert venues and Staples Center, as well as dining and the Grammy Museum.
Romantic Stays in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara is like LA’s fancy aunt to the north. While smaller than Los Angeles, there is a more luxurious feel to the city, and it’s just far enough away — and just different enough — to feel like a real getaway. Lovely strolls along State street, fine dining, visiting museums and galleries, and wine tasting at the local wineries’ tasting rooms are all terrific ways to spend time there.
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara
8301 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Set on 78 acres along the Pacific in Santa Barbara, the Ritz-Carlton Bacara offers a luxurious stay. Stroll along the 2 miles of beach the hotel faces, take a dip in one of their 3 pools, or enjoy the 42,000-square-foot spa. Some rooms have a firepit on the patio for extra romance.
Enjoy time near the beach in this gorgeous cottage.
Private and secluded, but close enough to dining and shopping options.
No matter the weather, you can hang out near the water — pool or ocean!
Near wine tasting and beaches — and the view!
Sitting on the couch, watching the view, enjoying each other’s company. What could be better?
Romantic Stays in Ojai
Ojai feels like a hippie hangout that’s been upgraded into the 21st Century. Couples can spend time hiking, biking, meditating, visiting a spa, or just spending time together. It’s a beautiful place to visit.
Enjoy the art while you enjoy each other.
Unplug from stress and plug into your relationship again in this ranch setting.
Romantic Stays in Palm Springs and the Desert
Whether you like to play golf or hang out by the pool, this desert oasis community can be a perfect spot for a trip away for two. You can find hikes, explore nature at Joshua Tree, or search for mid-Century Modern architecture while summoning your inner Bob Hope or Dinah Shore.
Some may find it’s too hot in the desert, but to that we say: air conditioning, baby. Stay indoors and enjoy.
Lido Palms Resort & Spa
12801 Tamar Dr., Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
This fabulous hotel has three natural hot mineral springs on the property, so it may be an ideal spot for a romantic getaway. Come for the water, stay for the romance.
This beautiful home was designed by a Los Angeles Mom and is a beautiful place to spend quality time with the one you love.
Any place that has plenty of lounging space is calling our name! And the idea of sitting by this pool makes us feel romantic already!
This Mid-Century home is sure to make you feel in the mood for romance!
With a name like this and a view like this, you know it’s going to be a romantic getaway at this VRBO.
Take your sweetie to the desert and play out all your Hollywood Rat-Pack fantasies in this one-of-a-kind home.
Everything about this VRBO stay sounds romantic and makes us want to book it every weekend!
Romantic Getaways in San Diego
Breathtaking views and romance to spare.
Small and gorgeous, this rental spot is perfect for being just with your sweetie.
Boutique hotel feel close to downtown, with a cabana for cozy cuddling.
Spend time in this luxurious top floor suite and enjoy the private garden. But leave the kids at home because this getaway is for adults only!
Coronado Island is a romantic spot and this home is delightful.
Get away to Coronado Island and enjoy this beautiful home.
Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder and Managing Editor of MomsLA.com.
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