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10 Date Ideas In Huntington Beach, CA


When the topic of great date ideas in Huntington Beach comes up, most think of downtown. Sure it has the historic pier, shops, and places to eat. Visiting, however, requires some planning due to the frequency of events. 

The downside is high parking rates, crowds, and expense that can put a hole in your wallet.

There's a lot more to HB than Main Street.

Whether you're short on time or need ideas for first date ideas in Huntington Beach, here's some recommendations to consider.

1. Explore the canals of Huntington Harbor. Rent a kayak and get an upper body workout as you paddle through the waterways. Perfect Sunday Funday. Constructed in the 1960s, it consists of five man-made islands: Admiralty, Davenport, Gilbert, Humboldt, and Trinidad. 

Head over to Huntington Harbor Boat Rentals at 16732 Pacific Coast Hwy, Sunset Beach, CA 90742. Tel: (562) 592-7877. Rent a kayak or duffy electric boat.

2. Catch a movie at Regency Theatre. Cost $3 General admission. Cliched idea? Perhaps. but it might be the best affordable date idea in HB and the parking is easy. It has a mix of older releases and more recent ones. 

Date night on Wednesdays after 6 pm is $10 with 2 tickets, 2 popcorns, and 2 fountain drinks. Yes, only $10 american dollars. But hold up. On Sundays tickets are $1.50. How do you beat that? I bet you can't. 7822 Warner Avenue. Tel: (714) 596-3456

TIP: When parking, drive up or you'll battle people that park near the gym.

3. Take a bike ride. HB is one of the most bike friendly places around. What better way to explore? Take the path to Bella Terra or Huntington Harbor. Stop for lunch and drink some delicious cocktails.

If you're starting from downtown, use the free bike valet at Podego Electric Bikes on 5th and Olive. 

Need something more challenging? Go to Newport (See resources below). No Bike? no problem. Plenty of places to rent.

Bargain Bikes, for example, has $10 all day rentals. 602 Pacific Coast Hwy. Tel (714) 362-5868. 10 to 5:30 daily. 

4. Create a bonfire for two on the state beach. Fire rings are first come first served unless reserved.

Don't forget the marshmallows. 

Tel: (714) 988-6865. Hours: 6am to 10pm Monday thru Sunday. Gates closes at 9pm. 


  • Arrive Early: Pits Might Be Gone by 5pm

  • Bring Sandals On Hot Days

  • Buy Firewood Elsewhere to Save

  • Beware of The Riptide

Mobile App: PassportParking Mobile Pay

Parking Cost: 

  • Day/$15.00 or $5.50 for two hours

  • $2 for Each Additional

  • Year Pass Available

NOTE: Coals and Wood only. No Dogs on sand.

5. Hawaiian shaved ice for an afternoon treat. This is not a snow cone folks. Snow cones are made with crushed ice. Locally owned by Kelley Carter, she's been creating it since 2004. 

Made smooth with pure cane sugar and no artificial ingredients! Orange Coast gave them a best of award in 2014. They also donate to local charities and schools. Cost: $3.50 for a small or $4.50 for a large. 

Hula Girls Shave Ice 16556 Bolsa Chica St. Tel: (949) 295-0292

6. Take Surfing Lessons. Licensed by the City, HB Surf School was founded by former pro Bill Sharp. The've been offering group and private lessons for all levels since 2007.

Private Lesson for 2 is $95 per person for 90 mins or 4 group lessons for $160. Boards and wetsuits are provided. HB Surf School, 285 Pacific Coast Highway. Tel: 714-658-6873

7. Hike at the Shipley Nature Center. Cost: Free. With 18 acres of nature and wildlife, there are 4,000 feet of trails. Great way to unplug and de-stress.

Hiking here is rated as easy. Take in orange California Poppies and redwoods. 17851 Goldenwest St. Tel: (714) 842-4772. Hours 9 am to 1 pm.

NOTE: No food is allowed but water bottles are.

8. Take a Gondola ride thru Huntington Harbor during a full moon. Bring your own drinks and food and they'll provide an ice bucket & blanket. Bring two bottles. They speak Italian and they offer to sing. Sunset Gondola 16370 Pacific Coast Hwy Tel: (562) 592-3295

  • 40 Minutes: For Two $60.00

  • One Hour: For Two $80.00

  • 1.5 Hours: For Two $110.00

  • Two Hours: For Two:$170.00

9. Obtain Diver Certification. This one is a admittedly more expensive. For variety, it's certainly one of the more unique and great date ideas for Huntington Beach.

You won't be bored. 

Sure snorkeling is fun but it's just the beginning. Scuba is total immersion and allows for greater exploration. The acronym stands for self contained underwater breathing apparatus. 

A diver certification is the key that unlocks a new world. As a NAUI certified instructor, owner Ruth Harris has been diving for over 10 years.

She just might be the right instructor for you.

Liquid Adrenaline Divers. 18851 Smokewood Cir. Tel (714) 696-9523. Cost: prices vary depending on how fast you progress in addition to other factors. 

10. Watch the sunrise at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Cost: free. Wetlands play an integral role in the protection of our inland and way of life. 

Head out for breakfast and then come back for the docent led tour that will astonish you with beauty, tranquility, and knowledge. Experience a vast array of wildlife. It's a good time. Tel: (714) 846-1114

NOTE: The information is for reference purposes and not an endorsement per se. We recommend that you perform due diligence before selecting a business.

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Nicholas McDonough

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