5 Activities to Do During Daylight Savings Time
In less than a week, we will adjust our clocks and “spring forward,” signaling the start of Daylight Savings time. And while we may lose an hour of sleep, we gain an hour of sun, which means it will no longer be dark when we leave work—hallelujah! So to celebrate longer days and the start of spring, we’ve rounded up five activities in Newport Beach that are 10x more fun during Daylight Savings! From bonfires on the beach to boating at sunset, these sun-soaked activities are sure to get you excited for spring.
Cruise the Harbor at Sunset
Instead of rushing to hop on a boat at 5 p.m. to catch the sunset, you can now take your sweet time. Starting March 13, the sun won’t set until 7 p.m.! Hop in a kayak after work for a paddle around the harbor, rent an electric boat from Lido Marina Village Electric Boat Rental or enjoy a romantic gondola ride with your significant other. Newport Beach is home to one of the largest recreational harbors on the West Coast, so the opportunities for seafaring adventures at sunset are endless!
Plan a Bonfire in Crystal Cove
As the weather begins to heat up, there’s no better time to load the Boogie Boards in the car and slather the kids in SPF. Head to Crystal Cove for an afternoon of sun, surf and sand! Watch as the kids build sandcastles, scour the shore for seashells and play the day away. And when the sun starts to sink below the horizon, snag a fire pit for a sunset bonfire. The Beachcomber in the Crystal Cove Historic District offers a variety of bonfire experiences for parties of 10 or less. To reserve your fire pit, visit www.thebeachcombercafe.com/crystalcove/beach-rentals .
With an extra hour of daylight, it’s time to get outside…and eat outside! Our coastal city plays host to a variety of beachfront and bayside restaurants perfect for an alfresco meal. Head to Lido Marina Village and enjoy harbor views and stellar eats at one of the many restaurants, such as Lido Bottle Works, Circle Hook Fish Company, Nobu, Malibu Farm and more! Or, if you prefer beachside over bayside, head to 21 Oceanfront or Fly-N-Fish for a selection of fresh seafood and views of the Newport Pier.
Embark on a Back Bay Hike
Nobody likes going to the gym in the dark, and now you don’t have to! With sunset around 7 p.m., you can enjoy a breath of fresh air after a long day of work with a hike around the Back Bay Loop. This Newport Beach hiking trail features relatively flat terrain, making it good for all skill levels. And perhaps one of the biggest draws of this scenic space is its seaside location. As you get your steps in, revel in sweeping views of the Upper Newport Bay Nature Reserve and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife!
While grabbing your board at 6 p.m. hasn’t been an option for the past few months, it sure is now! Head to the beach at golden hour (which will be about 6 p.m. starting March 13) and catch some waves. When it comes to surfing, we love the Newport Pier for its steady waves (perfect for longboarding), The Wedge for its challenging and unique breaks (for experienced boardriders) and 54th Street for its mid-sized swells with plenty of lefts and rights. There’s no better way to seas the (longer) days than with a golden hour surf sesh!
Written by: Kaylin Waizinger