Date Ideas | Valentines Day Ideas Santa Barbara

Residents of Santa Barbara know that this jewel of the Central Coast is an ideal place to spend a romantic Valentine's Day with a cherished partner. With its glorious ocean views, mild climate, and awe inspiring coastal mountains, Santa Barbara is as good a place for a romantic evening as any resort location in the world.

It's no secret that coming up with fresh Valentines date night ideas can be a bit difficult to come up with year after year, so we've put together a short list of outstanding romantic Santa Barbara Valentines Day date scenarios that you might fancy this Valentine's Day in this shining coastal city.

Visit the Day Spa

Love's holiday falls on a Sunday this year. Rather than brave the weekend crowds at restaurants, spend a day in a relaxing and therapeutic spa instead. There are many fine and popular spas in town, most- if not all of which- offer couple's massage and champagne. The Spa Del Mar at Fess Parker and Double Tree is a great choice and offers their one of a kind Chocolate Paradise massage and scrub. What could be more indulgent?

Have a Classic Beach Picnic

How could you go wrong, weather permitting, when you take your partner on a beach picnic? Add a box of chocolate and two glasses of champagne and you're sure to have an ideal Valentines experience. A picnic at the beach is an affordable way to filing out the day. Take your pick of the many fine beaches in the area from the lovely Butterfly Beach, Goleta Beach, or East beach and treat yourself and your loved one to a relaxing and quiet afternoon.

Take a Valentine's Day Sunset Cruise

What could be more romantic than a sunset cruise along the sparkling Santa Barbara coast? Celebration Cruises offers special Valentines Day cruises which include a chocolate fountain and champagne. On Valentines Day between the hours of 5:15 to 6:45, you and your beloved can spend 90 minutes surveying the coast on a magnificent luxury yacht. Celebration Cruises is taking bookings for Santa Barbara Valentines Day now.

For Couples Who Appreciate the Finer Things

Santa Barbara is bursting with first class resort hotels and classy hideaways for couples who prefer a touch of things that glitter. Take a round of golf at some of the finest fairways in the world or stroll through the vineyards of Central California's peerless wineries. Experience the unequaled feeling of riding horseback along the beach in the hour before sunset when the sky is turning red to the west and purple to the east. Perhaps, you'd like to take your partner for a food tour and sample some of the finest cuisine this first class community has to offer, or take a tour of the Santa Barbara Art Foundry and experience the finest work of some of the local talent. Experience first class seafood dining with this year's Valentine's Day Special at Moby Dick's with Maine Lobster a bottle of J. Roget Champagne to share and more.

Fun Ideas for Frugal Couples

There are many activities to satisfy your romantic streak without spending the rent money. Take a Sunday drive up State Route 154 toward the Cold Springs Tavern for the famous local tri-tip steak and free live music. If you prefer to stay close to home, take a bicycle ride tour of the downtown area until you casually end up at your favorite local seaside eatery. If you're really tight on cash- or if you just prefer to keep it simple and classic- take a long casual stroll down the beach as the sun sets. If there's one thing that's certain about Santa Barbara, it's that the sunsets are hard to beat.

Ideas for Adventure Seeking Couples

Saddle up and prepare for a roller coaster romance when you try kayaking to The Channel Islands or attempt to stand up and paddle while boarding alongside playful dolphins and sea lions. You will share breathtaking views from the water while you'll work up your appetite. Then enjoy a romantic dinner at one of Santa Barbara's fine seaside restaurants. If you and your date appreciate music, try the Santa Barbara Bowl outdoor amphitheater. You'll enjoy performances guaranteed to magnify the romance with artists like Jack Johnson, Carlos Santana, 311, and more for the perfect climax to your Santa Barbara Valentines Day.

Ideas for Romatic Couples

Check out some great offers from local Santa Barbara restaurants.  For example Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearn's Wharf has a special running today February 14, 2017:

Valentines Day Special Menu

  • 1 Maine Lobster to share
  • 2 Prime Top Sirloins
  • Soup or Salad
  • Fresh sautéed vegetables & your choice of potato 2 Desserts
  • 1 Bottle of Listel Cuveé Pink 

All for Only:  $99.69

 Valentines Day Santa Barbara.

With so much on offer in this beautiful coastal community it's difficult to set the perfect itinerary. But don't worry, Santa Barbara will still be full of romance next Valentines Day.

Created by Moby Dick Restaurant 2016