Nothing is more idyllic than watching pelicans wing low across the water as the sun sets over Catalina Island. Add a pre-sunset swim, a nice selection of cheeses, and a blanket just big enough for two and you have the beginnings of a romantic (and inexpensive) evening.
To pick our favorite date-beaches in Laguna, we considered all sorts of factors—including accessibility, privacy, and scenery.
2nd RUNNER UP // BOAT CANYON
BOAT CANYON is located at the north end of Heisler Park, just one beach north of Diver’s Cove (in fact, the access steps to the two beaches are just ten yards apart). As a date beach, it has a lot going for it. First off, the beach is small and not widely known. It’s hidden away by the Diver’s Cove condominiums to the south and sandstone cliffs to the north. Translation: it’s private. Second, it’s scenic. The aforementioned cliffs have small caves and at the south side of the beach the water breaks dramatically against the rocks. Third, the waves are mellow. Boat Canyon doesn’t catch much swell, making it an easy place to float hand-in-hand with a companion without having to worry about big sets.
BOAT CANYON’S BEST SPOT: The bluffs overlooking the beach make a perfect picnic set up, just wide enough for two. There’s a store right across PCH if you need provisions.
A Laguna Beach ambassador, Steve Bramucci's writing has appeared in the pages of USA Today, Afar, Outside, Huffington Post, COAST, OC Register Magazine, MadeMan.com and other online and print outlets. His novel, Ronald Zupan and the Pirates of Borneo!, publishes with Bloomsbury in 2016. Follow him on Twitter @stevebram.