8 Romantic Date Ideas in Dana Point to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Weekend


February is here and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Cue the flowers, chocolates and playful pun-filled cards! While celebrating this holiday can feel redundant for long-term relationships, any excuse to cherish a loved one is worth taking the time to do so. Tap into your sentimental side this season and celebrate the people in your life that are most important. From simple date nights to romantic getaways, we’ve rounded up 8 date ideas in Dana Point for every couple to enjoy. Even cupid would approve of this love-filled list!


Enjoy a Dockside Evening on the Spirit of Dana Point

Tuesdays for Two at the Dana Point Ocean Institute makes for an effortlessly romantic Valentines Day date. Live acoustics softly float down the dock as the sparkling water turns a soft orange and the sets. Glittering candles light up the night as you nosh on appetizers and drinks aboard The Spirit of Dana Point. All you have to do is buy a ticket and head down to the harbor! The ship won’t actually be setting sail this Tuesday, allowing couples to come and go as they please, enjoy the picturesque views and head to the next romantic rendezvous.


Build Your Own Bouquet at Flowers at Browne’s Flowers

Tried and true, flowers are a sure way to please your Valentine! Or anyone in your life for that matter. Florists’ orders fill up fast, but a fun way to show that special someone how much you care is to arrange a custom bouquet. Bouquet making can also be a fun activity for couples to enjoy together! Browne’s Flowers is a family owned floral shop on PCH that sells beautiful blooms by the stem. Pick and choose to your liking! Long-stem roses for the hopeless romantic, elegant lilies for a timeless look or budding tulips for a playful feel! Browne’s also sells pre-made bouquets if you’re looking for a simple pick-up option.


Sunset Walk on the Bluff Trail

Sometimes it’s the little things that are the most romantic. Strolling hand-in-hand along the bluff top trail is a quintessential Dana Point date, but it never gets old! Whether you're celebrating your first Valentine or your 30th, commemorate the holiday in one of Dana Point’s most enchanting locations. This paved pathway is marked by three arches framing coastline and wooden bridges overlooking the bay. Snuggle up in the crisp February air and head out around sunset for the most stunning views. It’s practically impossible not to be swept up with love and gratitude when overlooking the whole harbor. Finger’s crossed the sky glows pink!


Take a Cooking Class at Teaspoons

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach! But truth be told, outside of Valentine’s Day, there will be many date nights in. A cooking class is the gift that keeps on giving! Located in downtown San Juan Capistrano, Teaspoons hosts couples cooking classes with local chefs to re-inspire your kitchen routine. Throughout February, Teaspoons is offers Wine and Dine classes, a Sweethearts Brunch and courses with Date Night themed menus. Classes run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM with four-course menus that feature everything from Seared Filet Mignon with Gorgonzola Butter to Classic Pasta alla Norma. Now that’s what we call a chef’s kiss!


Listen to Live Jazz at the Casino in San Clemente

A combination of a smooth saxophone, deep base and a harmonious keyboard instantly livens the night. Kickstart Valentine’s day weekend with romantic jazz music playing at The Casino San Clemente. Maria Schafer will be playing live on on Saturday, February 11th. As music fills the patio and your toes start tapping to the rhythm, The Casino will be serving up a buffet of surf and turf, rosemary roasted potatoes, french style green beans and lemon raspberry tartlets to finish. Tickets are $40 a person and available online.


Book a Staycation at Surf and Sand Resort

Celebrate your love with a mini-getaway straight up the coast to beautiful Laguna Beach! Boasting of relaxation and rejuvenation, a stay at Surf and Sand Resort is equivalent to finding an oasis. Make the most of the beachfront property with sunset beach walks and blissful mornings in the ocean air. All month long you can play up the romance enhancements like rose petals and candle decor, chocolate-covered strawberry deliveries and bottles of house sparkling wine waiting in the room. For the big night, book a waterfront table at Splashes for their chef-inspired four-course dinner.


Dine at Stella’s Italian Bistro

There’s something about Italian cuisine that’s so romantic. Maybe it’s the red wine or mystique associated with Italian love affairs, but the alluring atmosphere of Italy is undeniable. Not to mention the food is excellent! Go on an Italian date night this Valentine’s Day at Stella’s Italian Bistro. Using original recipes and house-made cheeses, Stella’s dishes are reminiscent of home-school Italian meals. Their award-winning bruschetta is a must-order item with a garlic-forward tomato topping layered on golden brown toast. Dining tables overlook the ocean for striking views of the Pacific, setting the perfect scene as you raise a glass to love!

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