Rekindle the Romance in the OC at These 10 Alluring Locales

Couples looking to stoke the fires of romance will find many options in Orange County, where Hollywood's elite have long come to play. One of the wealthiest cities in the U.S., Newport Beach lured stars from the Golden Era of Hollywood, such as John Wayne, Shirley Temple, Buddy Ebsen, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, to make this county their home and moor their boats in Newport Harbor. Newport Beach's harbor offers opportunities aplenty to get on the water whether it's by gondola, yacht or a self-driven electric boat, which was invented here. Watch the playful sea lions frolic in the harbor as you take in some magnificent homes. Orange County is also home to major theme parks like Disneyland and smaller waterfront amusement parks like the Fun Zone on Balboa Island where you can let your inner child out to play together with your sweetheart. There's many a dramatic place for the perfect kiss from Inspiration Point to Newport Pier and it's easy to find yourself in a loving embrace as you peer out at the sun setting over the ocean, stroll hand in hand through quaint villages and dine under glowing lanterns at the best local restaurants. If you're looking for love, you'll surely find it in Orange County. 

Balboa Fun Zone

The Fun Zone at Balboa Island is one of the oldest Southern California beach amusement parks. This classic park with a carnival atmosphere offers entertainment for all ages, including a waterfront Ferris wheel with views of Newport Harbor and...  Read More

Newport Pier

The Newport Pier, which is located at Balboa Peninsula, sees lots of action from surfers at the jetty to skaters, cyclists and swimmers. The view looks north toward Huntington Beach and south to the Balboa Pier. It's a great place to ride your...  Read More

Too Sweet

Take your pick of caramel apples in this charming sweet shop on Balboa Island, which is linked by a short bridge to Newport Beach. Choose from Oreo, Reese's, Butterfinger and Coconut Caramel coated apples after you enjoy a stroll around the...  Read More

Hornblower Cruises

Describing itself as the only floating Newport Beach restaurant, Hornblower Cruises offers a variety of dining cruises from champagne brunch to formal sit-down dinners with music and fine wine. The company also offers tours, including the chance...  Read More

Corona Del Mar
Inspiration Point

With sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and its rocky outcroppings, Inspiration Point is the perfect place for a stroll, a wedding or watching the snorkelers and scuba divers below. The rock jetty forms the east entrance to Newport Harbor, and...  Read More

Disneyland<sub>®</sub> Resort
Photo courtesy of Disneyland Resort

Make like you're kids again and frolic in this iconic American playground. Don't miss being spooked in the New Orleans-style Haunted Mansion, which is uniquely different from Walt Disney World's version, and see where everything Disney...  Read More

Oak Grill
Photo courtesy of Island Hotel Newport Beach

Chef Marc Johnson combines flavors from around the globe, as well as those from the American South to create imaginative dishes from locally-sourced foods. Sample entrees include Pesto-Crusted Salmon, Cioppino and Roasted Lamb Chops. Sunday...  Read More

Balboa Boat Rentals
Photo courtesy of Kevin Steele

Cruise around Newport Harbor in a variety of vessels available from Balboa Boat Rentals. Choose from kayaks, stand up paddleboards, pontoon boats, pedal boats and the popular Duffy Electric Boat. Even if you don't have boating experience, you...  Read More

The Resort at Pelican Hill
Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Pelican Hill

With sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, the five-star, five-diamond Resort at Pelican Hill offers more than 120 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom villas and more than 200 guest rooms with private terraces. Set on 500 acres, the resort features two Tom...  Read More

Gondola Adventures™, Inc

Treat your loved one to a gondola ride for two through Newport Harbor and its quaint canals guided by your very own gondolier. Tradition dictates that couples kiss under every bridge and you can choose from specialty add-ons like chocolates,...  Read More


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