Seven Active Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and it’s time to start thinking about what you want to do for your significant other. While flowers and chocolate are nice, something you can experience together is more meaningful. And if it involves getting on the water, even better. Here, we’ve rounded up seven active date ideas so you can make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one.
1) Sunrise Hike
A lot of people do sunset picnics but kicking off the day together can be a special way to start your Valentine’s Day. Pick a hike that ends with a scenic view of the ocean or head inland to a lake or waterfall. Pack a thermos of coffee and some snacks and watch the sun greet the day. Leave your phones at home and enjoy being fully present.
2) Sunset Paddle
Paddling any time of day is a good idea, but some of the best paddles happen at sunset. Typically, the water glasses off and the views are beautiful. After your paddle, enjoy a picnic on the beach or head to your favorite local restaurant to round out the day.
3) Beachfront Camping
Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, so this might not be possible for some people. But, if you’re able to take a day off work, or if you don’t mind celebrating early, camping is a great way to spend some special time together. Book a site at your favorite beach and bring your surfboard or paddleboard and enjoy some time in the water and on land with your loved one.
4) Book a Lesson
Even if you and your better half have been surfing for years, a lesson is always beneficial. Booking a private lesson could be a fun way to work on improving your surfing while simultaneously spending some quality time together. A lot of instructors offer photo packages, which could be a fun way to document your experience—everyone loves surf photos.
5) Night Paddle
If you’ve never been kayaking at night, now’s your chance. Get some lights to strap to the bottom of your kayak—you’ll be amazed by what you see. Many sea creatures are attracted to light, and if you have them on your kayak, you’ll undoubtedly see something incredible. Do a little research ahead of time on the fish that frequent your local waterway and impress your partner with your aquatic knowledge. Be sure and paddle somewhere safe, like a protected harbor or calm lake, and wear a PFD.
6) Plan a Trip
Whether your M.O. is surfing, standup paddling, wind surfing, foiling, or relaxing on the beach, a trip is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and focus on your relationship. Surprise your loved one with a plane ticket or spend Valentine’s Day drawing up plans together.
7) Beach Picnic
You can never go wrong with a beach picnic. To make it extra special, pack a blanket, buy or make a charcuterie board, pack some spirits, and maybe even set up some candles or string lights to enhance your setup. If you don’t want to plan your picnic, there are some picnic services that will take care of all of the details for you.
8) Tangible Gifts
Although experiences are nice, some people prefer tangible gifts. If you’re looking for something your S.O. can unwrap, COR Surf has plenty of surf, SUP, kayak, and beach accessories that make perfect gifts. We recommend one of our dry bags, backpacks, changing ponchos, or gift packs.