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7 Unique Date Ideas in Newport Beach That Aren’t Restaurants

September 12, 2023

If you’re on the hunt for some out-of-the-box date ideas that are not only fun but a little more wallet-friendly, save this list! From exploring the tide pools in Corona del Mar to cruising the bay at sunset in a gondola, here are seven date ideas in Newport Beach that’ll help you switch things up!

For the Romantics

Take a Gondola Ride

With more water than land, Newport Beach is the perfect place to set sail. Our beautiful harbor spans more than three miles, offering plenty of space for a seafaring adventure. And 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 aboard an authentic Italian gondola.

For the Wellness Warriors

Couples Massage at Spa VEA

Wrap yourself in a plush robe and let it all go at the all-new Spa VEA. This 14,000-square-foot spa sanctuary offers a serene space for couples to unwind and indulge. Book the Social Sanctuary Relaxation Couple Massage for 50 minutes of heaven. This Swedish-style treatment is designed to soothe tension and improve circulation. The best part? You and your beau can enjoy a glass of bubbly together afterward and enjoy the spa’s amenities like the steam room, sauna, whirlpool and cold water foot revival.

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. Picnics range from the Bliss Picnic and the Duffy Experience to the 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 (one of Newport Beach’s most iconic surf spots) to watch the saltwater savants do their thing. Rent bikes for a wheely fun time or get your steps in with a stroll—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. 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

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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