Where to elope in Santa Cruz, California
If you're looking for the best spots to elope in or around beautiful Santa Cruz, California here's a guide of the best spots.
Shark Fin Cove
(Coast Diaries Stare Park)
(Coast Diaries Stare Park)
If you hop onto HW1 from Santa Cruz going North, you’ll come across Shark Fin Cove. You can catch a glimpse of the shark fin shaped rock from the highway. The beach is hugged by three insanely beautiful cliff sides leaving plenty of room and options for a stunning backdrop during your elopement ceremony. The beach has a cave that leads out to another view of shark fin cove. So whether you'd like an elopement in Santa Cruz on the beach or on the cliff side, you can get both with this single location.
Click here to see photos and a video from Shannon and Nicole's proposal here at Shark Fin Cove.
Just past Shark Fin cove is a little town called Davenport. Davenport is between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz. This is a beautiful place to elope because it’s got stunning views and a variety of them! If you park in the Davenport parking lot, you’ll be able to walk across the railroad tracks and into a shaded area with insane cliffs. To your right is a rather steep entrance to the beach (so pack an extra pair of shoes) which leads to a long beautiful beach hugging the steep rocky cliffs.
Henry Cowells Redwood State Park
If you're looking for an epic redwood location with easy access trails, Henry Cowell State Park is the way to go. It's easy to obtain a permit and only a $10 entrance fee for guests. It's about a 15-25 minute walk from the parking lot to the designated ceremony spot depending on if it's your grandma walking or if you're in a wedding dress which is important to take into account.
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
If you're looking for a secluded redwood location, The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park is an amazing option. It's easy to obtain a permit and there are tons of ceremony location options all throughout the park. The whole State Park is full of amazing photo locations and really grounding energy which is an awesome way to start your life with your person.
One of the easiest options for your ceremony is in a friend's backyard. There are no permits required and you're able to create a whole custom experience with your favorite people.
The Chapel on the Hill
The Chapel on the Hill is a perfect little non-denominational church for a simple ceremony in the redwoods. It's got an offset area for the bride to get ready and wide open space for dinner if you'd like to hang out afterwards. Conveniently located off of the 17 on your way to Los Gatos, it's nearby both the redwoods and the coast if you'd like to plan for pictures before or after your ceremony.
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