Visit This Coastal California Destination For An Amazing Couple's Trip

When it comes to romantic California beach towns, Dana Point is the quintessential example. This beautiful, laid-back town is situated in sunny Southern California between San Diego and Los Angeles. With breathtaking coastal bluffs and perfect conditions for surfing, Dana Point is one of the state's gems. In fact, much of the iconic So-Cal culture has stemmed from Dana Point's dreamy beaches. Influential surf legends like John Severson and Phil Edwards were once Dana Point locals — resulting in various highlights of the city featured in parts of the hit film "Endless Summer" (1966).

Because of the city's renowned allure, today it's one of the most popular California destinations for individuals to retire to. We're not surprised as this city is built for rest and relaxation. If you and your partner are in need of an oceanside retreat, Dana Point is the ideal place to do so. Between romantic strolls on the beach and luxury accommodations, this city will give you and your loved one the perfect opportunity to reset, reconnect, and deepen your connection.

Romantic outdoor activities in Dana Point, California

In this quaint and visually stunning town, pretty much anything you do with your loved one will have a romantic feel to it. But, we have some recommendations to keep you and your significant other busy. As is fitting to the California stereotype, there are plenty of opportunities for you two to get active. And, when you're in this beautiful environment, you'll understand why the state has a reputation for its exercise fanatics and outdoor enthusiasts.

Take in an ariel view of Dana Point Harbor, and stroll hand in hand along the leisurely Bluff Top Trail. Or, if you want to get an even closer look at the beautiful blue Pacific, take a yoga class on a stand-up paddle board in the middle of the city's serene harbor. A popular local yoga studio, iHeartYoga hosts these sessions on the second Saturday of every month.

Of course, you'll also need to lounge about on the town's famous golden sand. If you or your love want to catch a wave, surf Doheny State Beach. For an adorable picnic spot, pack some sandwiches and share a meal on the grass at Salt Creek Beach Park.

Nightlife and a luxury stay in Dana Point, California

When we said that this city is built for romance, we really meant it. For instance, from May through September, the city funds a free trolley for passengers to get around town. This old-timey, open-air shuttle makes stops at the city's popular hotels, beaches, and shopping centers. For the perfect date night out on the town, we recommend you two catch the nostalgic trolley and hit the bars car-free.

For a night out of fun and drinks, attend happy hour at Craft House for delicious, locally inspired dishes and cocktails. In the evenings from July through October on select Saturdays, you can enjoy live music on the deck of the Dana Pride ship as you cruise through the Dana Point Harbor. Can you think of something more romantic than sailing together at sunset while listening to local bands and sipping on something tasty from the full bar?

When you come back from your day and evening of bliss, you'll want the relaxation and luxury to continue. To ensure this happens, we recommend you book your stay at the cozy, seaside bed and breakfast, the Blue Lantern Inn. Voted by readers of Travel and Leisure as one of California's top 15 resorts in 2023, this inn will make you and your S.O. feel taken care of in every sense. Between the complimentary breakfast, wine hour, bicycles, fresh cookies, and lavish rooms, you two will never want to leave.