How to Propose in San Diego

Featured San Diego Proposal Tips
  • Choose a special location to pop the question in San Diego
  • Practice getting down on one knee beforehand
  • Think about what you will say
  • Make reservations so you have a reason to dress up
  • Hire a proposal photographer to plan and capture the moment

Since 2013, Flytographer has captured thousands of surprise proposal photos all around the globe. Explore romantic proposal ideas and tips from real couples, including their top proposal ideas and tips, and the best ways and the best places to propose in San Diego. Explore our customers’ heartwarming San Diego proposal stories below.

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Ryan & Pamela's Proposal Story in San Diego

How did you meet?

School

What is your love story?

Pamela and I met during our college orientation, and started dating freshman year. 10+ years later, after much growth, many changes, and countless memories - here we are, finally getting engaged.

What made you choose this proposal destination?

It is one of our closest, most visited beaches living in San Diego. And while we're extremely lucky to call it a part of our regular routines, it's hard not to get taken aback by its beauty sometimes. Beach, cliffs, trails, flowers, the pier and the point in the background. Combined with sunset, it was kind of a no-brainer to do it there.

What is your proposal story?

Knowing it may be coming in the near-to-intermediate future, Pamela has been getting her nails done consistently for 6 months straight. However, doing some volunteer work last week she broke a few nails and decided not to get them done again (literally the first day or two she didn't have them perfect in months). On top of that, despite gorgeous days and sunsets all week, the weather began calling for a completely cloudy, potentially even rainy day. So I went from thinking I had the perfect plan to being committed to a cloudy/rainy Monday where she hadn't gotten her nails done. That morning, she decided she wanted to book a workout class during the time I was set to do it. And then even in the car on the way to do it, she figured out the restaurant we had made "fake plans" to be going to was closed on Mondays. Yet despite all of the hurdles and chances of ruining the surprise, I was able to surprise the one girls who has never been surprised in her life. And right as we did it, the sun cracked through the clouds and gave us one of the most incredible sunsets we've ever seen since moving here. Couldn't have been more perfect!

Best tip for proposing in San Diego

It's a great place to do it. So many stunning viewpoints either at the beaches, mountains, or trails. Pretty consistent weather, great sunsets. I'd pick your spot ahead of time, and scout it a week in advance as some of the more popular parks have outdoor activities on certain days of the week (i.e. mine had sunset yoga that took up a big part of the park so I had to plan to do it on one side of the park).

Proposed in San Diego in November

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Ella in San Diego for Flytographer


James & Jazmine's Proposal Story in San Diego

How did you meet?

Hinge

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Back we lived in San Francisco and were starting to date, the first trip that we ever took together was a weekend visit down to San Diego and Coronado. The trip went perfectly and we officially became a couple as a result. Now that we live in San Diego, I surprised Jazmine with a weekend stay in Coronado to revisit the place we first fell in love to memorialize it forever.

What is your proposal story?

Just before the proposal, Jazmine and I had talked about how we needed more nice photos of us, so it was the perfect cover when I told her I had hired a photographer for a photoshoot at our hotel in Coronado. We met Liz shortly before sunset and took some fun photos before setting up to pop the question.

Proposed in San Diego in October

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Liz in San Diego for Flytographer


Hunter & Paige's Proposal Story in San Diego

How did you meet?

School

Proposed in San Diego in September

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Ella in San Diego for Flytographer


James's Proposal Story in San Diego

How did you meet?

School

Proposed in San Diego in September

Photo Shoot Location: Coronado Island Beach

Martina M. in San Diego for Flytographer


Conner's Proposal Story in San Diego

What made you choose this proposal destination?

We were in San Diego because my fiancee was interviewing for a job. We took a few extra days to enjoy the city and I knew it was the perfect place to propose. I wasn't sure where I should propose; but our photographer, Jessica, worked with me to discover beautiful places in San Diego. She was great at offering many options and also provided me with an idea about how proposals she has shot in the past went in each place. Jessica's recommendations allowed me to select the perfect place to propose.

Proposed in San Diego in January

Jessica in San Diego for Flytographer


Kevin's Proposal Story in San Diego

What is your love story?

We met as friends of friends in NYC. For our first date we went to a trendy beer bar in the East Village and I kissed her afterward because... why not?

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Catherine is obsessed with the beach (hence the move to La Jolla). We had not been to the Scripps Pier yet, so it was an easy cover story for a stroll on the sand.

What is your proposal story?

Before going out Catherine was trying on dresses for dinner but had no idea I was about to propose on our beach stroll beforehand. She put on an outfit that I didn't love and knew she wouldn't be as excited about for the photos, so I had to find a way to "politely" tell her I didn't like it. You can imagine how that went over! We got to the beach and were walking along with Martina trailing (Catherine was oblivious). As soon as we got to a good spot with the pier in the background, I got out my phone and Martina approached us. I got down on one knee and proposed and Catherine said yes but then gave out this perfect candid laugh with her head thrown all the way back, which resulted in my favorite picture of the whole shoot!

Proposed in San Diego in August

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Martina M. in San Diego for Flytographer


Garrett's Proposal Story in San Diego

What is your love story?

Bryce and I met in Philadelphia after he finally agreed to go on a date :-) We had a great dinner and started talking more and more from there. As we started creating memories, smiles, laugh and tears together I started to realize he was the one. Bryce has a way to make you smile and laugh in even the worst of situations and he truly is a care-free spirit. After

What made you choose this proposal destination?

Bryce and I fell in love with San Diego on our first trip out there in September 2017. Since then, we have visited four other times and it has been our favorite spot to just getaway and enjoy a short vacation. Bryce recently purchased a bracelet that has the GPS coordinates for La Jolla cove etched into it. After hearing that he purchased this, my proposal destination was set!

What is your proposal story?

We went to La Jolla cove with my two younger brothers to show them around to the Sea lions on the rocks and the beautiful views of the cliffs and the ocean below. We walked over to Shell Beach to watch the sunset and I prepared a short poem to read to Bryce by the ocean. After finishing the poem I told him had a few more words to say and then I proposed! It went as smoothly as it could given my nervousness and I wouldn't change a thing about it!

Proposed in San Diego in September

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Vince's Proposal Story in San Diego

What is your love story?

High School sweetheart

What made you choose this proposal destination?

First time vacationing to California and I heard San Diego was absolutely gorgeous!

What is your proposal story?

Took place on the rocks at La Jolla during sunset. Easy to find and a perfect place for pictures!

Proposed in San Diego in September

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Martina M. in San Diego for Flytographer


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