The Most Romantic Things to do in Santa Cruz this Valentine's Day


With Valentines Day as February’s main event, be sure to make time for love this next month!  Romance comes easily when your love story is set near the sea. Come experience all of the enchantment Santa Cruz and Capitola have to offer. Here are just a few date ideas for the perfect Valentine’s itinerary during your vacation in the Santa Cruz area:

Date Ideas for the Perfect Valentines Day in Santa Cruz 

Take a scenic bike ride along Santa Cruz’s famous West Cliff, starting near the boardwalk and gently winding North past the surfers at Steamer’s Lane, Santa Cruz Lighthouse and Surfing Museum. You’ll also enjoy spectacular views of the Monterey Bay before you reach your picnic destination, Natural Bridges State Beach.

                         Santa Cruz natural bridges

A Romantic Afternoon at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk  

Want to re-experience the thrill of young love? Stop by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and feel romance as a love-struck kid again. Surprise your honey with a kiss at the top of the Ferris wheel. Then, finish up your day with some free salsa dance lessons by the sea.

Get Your Adrenaline Pumping 

If you’re up for more of an adventurous date, explore a Romance Tour at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, or give kayaking a try! Brave the surf with your partner while experiencing Santa Cruz’s sea life up close!  When you get your land legs back, grab a blanket and some marshmallows for roasting, and end the day with a beach bonfire. Savor the intimate moment together under the stars.

A Taste of Love 

Want to get those taste-buds tingling? Visit one of the many local wineries or breweries the area has to offer.  Enjoy a tasting at any one of the many local wineries  located in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains.

                       mood candles

And of course we can’t forget the main event, a romantic dinner! Don’t wait to make reservations for the special meal at one of the many superb venues in town. You can’t go wrong with Shadowbrook Restaurant, voted the most romantic restaurant in Capitola. Snuggle up to your beloved as you glide past lush greenery in the small cable car that takes you down into the lover’s paradise. The two of you can connect over fine wine and a delectable dish in the charming dining room. Chaminade Resort and Spa overlooking Monterey Bay, is also offering some specials. They will be serving a unique Valentine’s three course prix fixe menu that is sure to get your heart racing.

A Romantic Santa Cruz Valentines' Day 

No matter what you choose, be sure to dote on and cherish  your loved ones during this month dedicated to romance. We hope to see you drawing hearts in the sand.

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