Here is a (growing) list of what I think are some of the BEST locations and hidden gems in San Diego to take engagement photos!
San Diego is known for its beautiful beaches, great weather year-round, great food and drink, and so much more. Because of all these perks, there are SO many great spots in San Diego to take engagement photos. My favorite part about it is you can find virtually any landscape background within an hour of wherever you are! Beaches, mountains, snow, desert, city – you name it, you can find it. Now, without further ado, the best places in San Diego to take engagement photos:
Tall cliffs and a long beach give you Hawaii vibes for your engagement photos without the flight!
Black’s Beach is a GEM. It’s quite popular (and also a nude-friendly beach – just FYI), but the steep walk to get to the beach ensures only those who know its worth make it down to the sand. The sunsets at Black’s Beach are STUNNING. The beach is surrounded by tall cliffs that make it feel other-worldly. I get major Hawaii vibes from this beach! There is ample room on the sand, so even if there are other beach-goers, it never feels crowded and we can always find a people-free background. Plus, you can see the paragliders jumping off at the Torrey Pines Gliderport from the beach!
I love taking engagement photos at Black’s Beach – it’s definitely one of my favorite locations in San Diego to take engagement photos. Here are a few other blogs of engagement photos at Black’s Beach: https://clarisserae.com/2020/12/07/blacks-beach-engagement-photos-in-san-diego-ca-loren-pat/
Torrey Pines Gliderport
Looks like several locations in one because of all the variety!
I can’t talk about Black’s Beach without talking about Torrey Pines Gliderport too! Torrey Pines Gliderport is a beautiful spot to take engagement photos in San Diego. There is a large parking lot when you reach the Gliderport, and you might have to circle once or twice, but we always find parking.
Torrey Pines Gliderport is chock-full of gorgeous backdrops. There are cliffs, lots of plants and brush, greenery, cute pathways, and of course the beautiful ocean. One thing I love about this spot is that even if there are people around, there are ALWAYS private spots we can find to get those people-free photos we all know and love.
My favorite part about this location is you can see the paragliders taking off from the top of the cliffs, flying down until they land on the sand below. Such a cool sight to see!