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Romantic Los Angeles
Assuming you have a romantic partner with whom to experience all that Los Angeles has to offer, LA can be one of the most romantic places on the planet. The diversity of opportunities for romance is unparalleled anywhere in the world. From a beach getaway to a mountain retreat; from urban gardens to private sunset flights over the city; from champagne spa baths for two to sexy underground nightlife; if you can't find something in Los Angeles to set just the right romantic mood, you just don't have an ounce of romance in you.
The following pages outline 25 of the innumerable opportunities for romance that can be found in and around the City of Angels.Continue to 2 of 26 below.
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Take a Romantic Walk on the Beach
"Love long walks on the beach" has become the cliche of the personal ad and online dating profile for the simple reason that almost everyone loves long walks on the beach and finds walking on the beach romantic, even if you're the kind of person who would rather walk on the paved beach path than get your feet sandy. This one should almost be a given for any couple visiting Los Angeles. After all, with over 80 miles of coastline, the beach is one of LA's Top Attractions.Continue to 3 of 26 below.
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A Romantic Day at the Beach in Los Angeles
Even if you don't care much for walking, a relaxing day enjoying the warmth of the sun on LA Beaches can be a romantic way to spend an afternoon. Each beach has its own appeal, depending on how close to (or far from) civilization you want be. Bring a picnic and make a day of it.Continue to 4 of 26 below.
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Share a Romantic Dinner with a View
There are many romantic restaurants all across Los Angeles, but somehow sharing a special meal over a stunning view makes it even more memorable. I've assembled a list of LA restaurants that not only have exceptional food but also provide a feast for the eyes with views of the city, the Pacific Ocean, or the surrounding mountains in LA's Best Romantic Restaurants with a View.Continue to 5 of 26 below.
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Go Dancing at a Sexy LA Nightclub
Most women love to dance and appreciate a man who is willing to at least make the effort, regardless of skill level. Besides, getting your freak on on the dance floor is a good precursor of coming attractions. Check out the Top Los Angeles Dance Clubs.Continue to 6 of 26 below.
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Stroll Through a Romantic Garden
The greater Los Angeles area has an abundance of beautiful public gardens, from encyclopedic botanic gardens to intimate Japanese meditation gardens. Choose from any of the Best Public Gardens in Los Angeles.Continue to 7 of 26 below.
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Take a Romantic Gondola Ride
You don't have to travel to Italy to take a romantic gondola ride. There are several locations in Southern California where you can be serenaded as you're guided along calm inland waterways. Bundle up for a gondola ride. It's cold out on the water, providing a good excuse to cuddle.
Choose from these Gondola Companies in Southern California.Continue to 8 of 26 below.
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Romance on the Water on a Charter Sailboat or Yacht
Book a charter complete with skipper, or if you're a skilled sailor, rent a boat and pack a picnic for a day out on the water, or sail to Catalina for lunch.Continue to 9 of 26 below.
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Take a Romantic Brunch or Dinner Cruise
Some prefer the independence of a sailboat picnic, but for those who would prefer to be waited on out on the water, you can take a brunch or dinner cruise from various Southern California locations with Hornblower Cruises. www.hornblower.comContinue to 10 of 26 below.
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Spa Treatment for Two
Many spas have couples treatment rooms, but some are a cut above, with better ambiance and more unique services. Here is a list of the Top Couples Spas in Los Angeles. They have the most romantic treatment rooms where you can share an hour massage, a champagne bath, or a full day of pampering.Continue to 11 of 26 below.
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Spend a Romantic Day at Disneyland
You may think Disneyland is just for kids, but if you take a moment to get into the prince/princess fantasy, there are a lot of opportunities for romance at the "happiest place on earth," including a few hold-each-other-tight rides. For a quick glimpse, here are some recommendations for the Best Places to Kiss at DisneylandContinue to 12 of 26 below.
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Learn Something Together
Whether it's a cooking class, a surfing lesson for two, or a couple hours at trapeze school, sharing a learning experience can be a great way to spend bonding time.Continue to 13 of 26 below.
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Sunset Champagne Flight over Los Angeles
A private sunset air tour of Los Angeles in a helicopter or a small plane is a great prelude to a romantic dinner for two. Some tours will even fly you to dinner at a top notch restaurant. A great way to sweep her off her feet! There are a variety of air tours of Los Angeles to choose from.Continue to 14 of 26 below.
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Pick a Romantic Spot for a Proposal
If you're thinking about popping the question, Los Angeles has some truly unique opportunities to make it a memorable moment. Here are my suggestions for Romantic (sometimes crazy) ways to propose in Los Angeles.Continue to 15 of 26 below.
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Have a Picnic in Los Angeles
Sharing a picnic in a special location is a romantic way to spend time together. You can go the budget route and grab your favorite fast food, assemble a gourmet feast from a local supermarket or go all out with champagne and caviar or a basket from your favorite high-end restaurant.
To get some ideas of where to find a great picnic basket, Gayot.com has come up with the Top 10 Best Picnic Baskets in Los Angeles.
For ideas on where to have your special picnic, CitySearch.com readers have voted for LA's Top 7 Picnic Spots.Continue to 16 of 26 below.
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Romantic Horseback Riding in Los Angeles
If you both enjoy horseback riding, a romantic horseback ride in the Santa Monica Mountains or on the beach can be a great way to spend time together. Los Angeles Horseback Riding has rides at sunset, sunrise or under the moonlight, with or without food. All rides are guided, so coordinate with your guide for the setting and space you need.
Los Angeles Horseback Riding
2623 Old Topanga Canyon Road
Topanga, CA 90290
You can also book a private sunset horseback ride to view the Hollywood Sign in Griffith Park. There are additional ranches offering rides from Malibu to Rancho Palos Verdes and Huntington Beach. See all the options in this guide to Horseback Riding in LA.Continue to 17 of 26 below.
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Motorcycle Ride on Mulholland Drive
For those who enjoy sharing the adventure of the open road on the back of a Harley or other motorcycle, Mulholland Drive winds along the mountains between the LA Basin and the Valley giving you stunning views of both. You don't have to bring your own bike; there are rental companies where you can rent a motorcycle in Los Angeles.Continue to 18 of 26 below.
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A Romantic Drive Down the Coast in A Convertible
A drive along Pacific Coast Highway through Malibu, or following the coast through neighborhoods all the way around the Palos Verdes Peninsula is romantic in any kind of car, but making the drive in a convertible on a sunny day adds a little sex appeal. The Orange County coast is another option, or you can spend a whole day driving from Malibu to South Orange County with stops at viewpoints along the way.
You can compare rates for convertibles at Expedia.com (search Los Angeles car rentals and check off the convertible box).Continue to 19 of 26 below.
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A Romantic Night of Music at the Hollywood Bowl
A picnic and a bottle of wine shared in a box, or even on the highest bench seats at the Hollywood Bowl can make for a delightful evening (although the music and view will be way better from a Box). Be sure to bring a blanket to cuddle under and keep each other warm on a chilly Southern California evening.
For more outdoor music options, check out my Summer Concert Series page.Continue to 20 of 26 below.
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Spend a Romantic Evening Ballroom Dancing
Dancing with the Stars has demonstrated just how sexy ballroom dancing can be. It's still plenty romantic to have an excuse to hold your partner and whirl around the floor if you're a beginner, and there are plenty of lessons and clubs where you can dance the tango, waltz, salsa, foxtrot, swing, and more.
For a truly retro Fred and Ginger experience, get dolled up and try the Sky Room in Long Beach.
For a more casual experience, Joe's Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank has swing dancing every Tuesday and a variety of dance styles and other live music on other days.
Here are some more resources to find places to dance Ballroom in the LA area.
Swing Dancing in Los Angeles and Orange CountyContinue to 21 of 26 below.
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Share a Romantic Kiss on a Ferris Wheel
There's something a little old-fashioned and inherently romantic about riding a Ferris wheel—taking in the elevated view and sharing a kiss at the top. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier is a great choice, offering a scenic view along the coast, with or without an accompanying walk on the beach.
Both locations also have a classic merry-go-round for a little more nostalgic play.
Make sure your date isn't afraid of heights before you plan this outing!Continue to 22 of 26 below.
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Take a Romantic Stroll on the Queen Mary
Keeping with the theme of nostalgia, a stroll along the deck of the 1936 Art Deco Queen Mary ocean liner with a starboard view of the Long Beach skyline is romantic at any time of day, but best as late afternoon turns to evening. You can watch the sun set from the Observation Bar and watch the lights of the city come on at twilight. Make a night of it by dining in one of the ship's restaurants, and/or get a room on board at the Queen Mary Hotel.Continue to 23 of 26 below.
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Rent a Pedal Boat in LA or Orange County
A leisurely pedal boat (paddle boat) ride is a pleasant way to share an hour or two outdoors, especially on a hot day.
Fun places to pedal across the water around Los Angeles include:
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- Pedal Boats from Fast Kayak Redondo Beach
- Alfredo's Beach Club has Aqua Cycles at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach and Pedal Boats at Whittier Narrows
- Pedal Boat Rentals at El Dorado Regional Park in Long Beach
- Wheel Fun Rentals at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley (OC)
- Wheel Fun Rentals at Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area in Irwindale
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Kayak to a Romantic Picnic at Huntington Harbor
Still-water kayaking can be a romantic way to spend a few hours on a sunny Southern California day. It's easier to have a conversation while gliding along inland waterways, disturbed only by the occasional wake of a motorboat, than to have to holler over the ocean waves. I also find moseying along side by side in individual kayaks is more conducive to flirting than when you're seated one in front of the other, but if one of you is a much stronger paddler, I recommend a tandem kayak so the weaker paddler doesn't get frustrated trying to keep up.
There are many lovely places where you can kayak through peaceful canals, marinas or inland bays. One of my favorites is Huntington Harbor in Sunset Beach, where there are tiny little pocket beaches where you can pull over and picnic.
Another is kayaking around Naples Island in Long Beach. The route around the small inner island under all the bridges is charming, but there's nowhere to stop and picnic. However, there's plenty... of beach along the peninsula where you rent the kayaks, and also another stretch at Marine Park on the opposite side of the big island.Continue to 25 of 26 below.
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Shop for Diamonds in the Los Angeles Jewelry District
Even if diamonds aren’t yet on the horizon, you'll find all kinds of trinkets in the Los Angeles Jewelry District in Downtown Los Angeles. It is the largest wholesale jewelry district in the country with almost 5,000 businesses. She'll be so dazzled that she won't mind that you're shopping wholesale. On the other hand, it might take the romance out of it for some. The main core of the district is on Hill Street between 5th and 8th Streets, with more businesses on the parallel streets of Olive and Broadway.
More on the Los Angeles Jewelry DistrictContinue to 26 of 26 below.
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Take a Romantic Getaway
There are tons of romantic things to do in LA, but if you want to get away, you can plan a luxury getaway within Greater LA, or take one of these Quick Road Tips from LA.