Looking to spice things up? Whether it’s your first date or 50th date, this list of things to do with your significant other is sure to make sparks fly! From exploring the tide pools in Corona del Mar to cruising the bay at sunset in a gondola, here are six date ideas in Newport Beach that are far from your average dinner-and-a-movie night.
For the Romantics
Take a Gondola Ride
With more water than land, Newport Beach is the perfect place to set sail. But if you’re looking to level up the romance factor, Gondola Adventures, Inc. can help you do just that. Reserve your very own private gondola and choose between a dinner cruise, pizza cruise, dessert cruise and more. Your gondolier will navigate the calm waters of the harbor as you take in scenic views with your sweetheart.
For the Beach-Lovers
Plan a Beach Picnic
When it comes to planning the perfect picnic, leave it to the pros! In whichever location you choose, The Picnic Collective will set up a beautiful picnic complete with furnishings, food and everything you need for a romantic night on the sand. Simply select your date, time and location, then choose which type of picnic you’d like. These include the Bliss Picnic, Duffy Experience, Movie Night Experience and more.
For the Mellow Couple
Grab a Coffee + Watch Surfers at The Wedge
For a casual morning date, swing by Alta Coffee Company in Cannery Village with your beau. Fuel up with a flat white or decadent toffee latte before heading to The Wedge to watch the surfers do their thing. Ride bikes or hop on the Balboa Peninsula Trolley—there’s no better way to spend a leisurely morning!
For the Adventurous Duo
Embark on a Parasailing Adventure
If you and your date are up for an adrenaline rush, book an epic parasailing experience with Balboa Parasail! Soar to new heights together as you take in views of the beautiful Newport coast from 800 feet above. Balboa Parasail, located in Balboa Village, offers an exciting experience for those in search of some fun on the water.
For the Stylish Pair
Shop ‘til You Drop
Newport Beach is home to an ever-evolving retail scene with everything from local boutiques to name-brand stores. Spend a day working on your wardrobes with a trip to Fashion Island, where you’ll find big-brand retailers like Bloomingdales, Alo Yoga, Anthropologie, Johnny Was and more. You can even stop for lunch or dinner at the newly opened JOEY Fashion Island location! And if an intimate shopping experience is more your style, Lido Marina Village offers a unique selection of curated labels and, not to mention, a killer ocean view.
For the Outdoorsy Ones
Take a Hike
Get your steps in with your significant other and explore some of Newport Beach’s most serene spaces! Start with a sun-soaked walk around the Back Bay, taking in views of the water and wildlife, then zip down to Corona del Mar to visit the tide pools at Cameo Shores Beach, which can be accessed from Little Corona Del Mar Beach. On your walk to Cameo Shores Beach, you’ll pass by Arch Rock, which is an excellent spot for bird-watching. Be sure to check the tide schedule and wear sturdy shoes!
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger