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Romantic Date Ideas in Monterey

22 May 2023

If you're planning a couples getaway or simply looking for romantic date ideas, Monterey has many unforgettable experiences waiting for you. We're talking about an amazing destination full of beauty, adventure, and serenity that everyone will enjoy. So grab your partner's hand and let's dive into the most romantic date ideas in Monterey!


Watch the Sunset

We're starting off with a classic, and one that should be on everyone's romantic getaway to Monterey list: watch the sunset at the beach. It may be cliché, but it's still romantic. There are many gorgeous beaches nearby making this idea so accessible. Jazz up this classic date by packing a picnic and beach blankets to make the evening extra special. Carmel Beach allows alcohol between 7am- 10pm, and they allow you to bring your own propane-fueled devices, so cuddle up next to the fire and enjoy a romantic evening on the beach. For more info on Carmel Beach rules, check the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea's website.



Catch a Show

When it comes to planning a romantic date, nothing quite compares to the magic of attending a live show, and at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey there many shows to choose from. Whether you want to see a concert or a comedy show, this is a great venue to check out. The beautiful historic theatre is the perfect venue for a romantic date. Check out their website for upcoming shows.


Visit the Farmer's Market

Portola Hotel & Spa is situated at the end of Alvarado Street where the Farmer's Market at Old Monterey Marketplace is located every Tuesday. Stroll through this outdoor market to pick up fresh produce, enjoy delicious local food, pick out pieces from local artisans and of course, get some fresh flowers for your date. This sweet date idea is the perfect way to get to know the city of Monterey in a unique way.


Take a Sunset Cruise

We've said it before, but one of the most spectacular ways to see Monterey is by getting on the water. When you choose to go at sunset, it's the perfect way to start a romantic evening. There are many sunset cruise options within walking distance of the Portola Hotel & Spa. Sail Monterey offers a peaceful 90-minute sunset catamaran sailing cruise with a complimentary beverage and snacks, and Princess Monterey Whale Watching offers a Sunset Bay Cruise with a heated cabin, beverages and snacks for purchase, and spacious seating. No matter where you go, you'll enjoy scenic views of the bay, marine life, and a beautiful sunset.


Paddle Boats

This fun and sweet date idea is too cute to pass up. Take your date to Lake El Estero and go boating in a super cute paddle boat. El Estero Boating has white swan boats, yellow baby duck boats, purple dragon boats, and other colorful boats to enjoy the lake on. This lovely lake and park is right across the way from Del Monte Beach, so continue the date after boating and head to the beach for a picnic.

Stay at a Romantic Hotel

Our romantic hotel in Monterey is the perfect way to start and end your days on your couple's getaway. Our spa, Spa on the Plaza, has Couples Massages that will be the perfect way to relax together, and the view from our Harbor View Guest Rooms will be the perfect way to take in Monterey. To book your stay at the Portola Hotel & Spa call us at (888)-222-5851 or visit us online.

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