Unique Proposal Spots in Long Beach
With long sandy beaches, fairy tale canals, heart swelling sunsets and inspired ocean creatures, Long Beach is full of beautiful places to pop the question. You know, THE Question. Proposals happen all over the city, from messages placed in bobbing bottles to one’s given via sea lion. In a city made for memories, there’s lots of choices in choosing where to ask your chosen. We propose these!
When searching for that perfect sunset moment, it’s natural to think of the beach. But more than a few locals will tell you the best sunsets are found pretty much smack dab in the middle of Long Beach, a small city called Signal Hill. At the center of Signal Hill is Hilltop Park (2351 Dawson Ave.), a charming plot of green offering panoramic views: look out to the ocean and you’ll see Catalina, turn around and, on a clear day, the Hollywood sign. And no matter where you look, you’re bound to feel enveloped by the glow cast by another great sunset. Not surprisingly, Hilltop attracts those looking to utilize the perfect sunset moment as a part of their perfect forever-after moment.
EARL BURNS MILLER JAPANESE GARDEN
The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden (Earl Warren Dr.) brings together air, water and earth in a curated way that both honors nature while ordering it. Located on the bustling campus of Cal State Long Beach, this quiet oasis remains unknown to many who rush by its wooden doors. For some people, this makes it the perfect, private, corner of the world to ask the ultimate question, which would likely be whispered. Though the garden is small, it offers a number of nooks allowing visitors the headspace to observe, meditate, catch their breath or ask someone to entwine their life with theirs. You can even entwine it there, as the garden is available to host weddings.
LIONS LIGHTHOUSE FOR SIGHT
One of the great gathering places in the city, especially on the Fourth of July, the Lions Lighthouse For Sight (200 Aquarium Way) was funded by the Long Beach Lions Club and dedicated in 2000 to highlight the organization's quest of “ending blindness in the world.” The 10-story structure rises from a small circled peninsula surrounded by the shimmering water of Rainbow Harbor. Referred to as a “faux” lighthouse, since its light is not really designed for shipping purposes, it is nonetheless highly photogenic and therefore highly Instagrammable, making it one of the top spots in the city for social media moments. Not surprisingly, this fact makes it a place to not only pop the question, but chronicle the very romantic, very Long Beach moment.
FUEGO AT THE MAYA
This waterfront restaurant at the Hotel Maya, has arguably the best view of Long Beach. Fuego’s veranda sits next door neighbor-like to the Queen Mary, and has a unique, southern view of both the Long Beach shoreline and skyline. The shoreline view is gorgeous on any typical, sunny Long Beach day, while the skyline will drop your jaw in the evening as its sparkling glow is reflected in the water. It’s the kind of sight that might move one person to reach across a table for their beloved’s hand or maybe get down on one knee. Making it even more special and advantageous is that you can partake of Fuego’s excellent cocktails and wine list to build up a little courage, and use the same resource to celebrate the inevitable “Yes!”