Fragrant roses, delectable chocolates, sparkling champagne, love all around – Valentine’s Day could easily be one of our favorite holidays. It’s the time of year when each pair of lovebirds come together and celebrate their beautiful love. And with it landing on a Friday this year, you can plan on extending the festivities all weekend long! Luckily in our case, Newport Beach has nothing but the best to offer.

Between stunning beaches, fine dining, and an abundance of entertainment readily available, there’s no doubt Cupid will be paying this distinguished city a visit. From extravagant to intimate settings, you’ll find the perfect spot to share that one-on-one time with your beloved.

Read below for a list of our top 5 places in Newport Beach to celebrate the day of love!

Balboa Peninsula Fun Zone – take your relationship back to nostalgic times where your youthful heart can take pleasure in an amusement park. Surrounded by majestic ocean views, palm trees brought out by captivating sunsets, and mountains overlooking the island, your valentine will be enchanted as you plant him/her with a kiss. You might even recreate your favorite ferris wheel scene from movies such as The Notebook or Grease.

Gondola Ride in Newport Beach Canals – Few things can beat riding on a romantic gold-trimmed gondola over gracious waters. Inspired by Venice, Italy’s meandering waterways, Newport Beach has created its own local canals for all to love. Also offered with this option is the possibility of customizing your ride with various details. From scattered rose petals to a personal message, it’s sure to turn into an unforgettable night.

Valentine’s Day Cruise – Another wonderful water venture would be to step onto a Hornblower yacht for the evening. Drift just off the Newport Beach coast and take in all the beautiful harbor views, while enjoying a five course dinner complete with DJ entertainment. Upgrade your Valentine’s Day package to include a bottle of premium champagne, chocolate truffles, and a reserved window table.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse – For the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience, head to this Newport Beach favorite, sure to delight with the Wine, Dine, & Sparkle package, exclusive to Valentine’s Day. Along with an incredible 3-course meal, this featured package includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne as well as a choice of three David Yurman jewelry pieces. 

Romantic Stroll on the Beach – For the couple that likes to share in the simple pleasures of life, take advantage of being near world class beaches and breathe in the beauty they present you with. Setting the perfect romantic background, consider bringing in a blanket and a basket for a picnic – bundle up, eat, and enjoy each other’s company.

No matter where you end up, we can all agree the most important matter is whom you share it with. Wishing you a day and year full of affection.