If you and your date want to soak in ocean views without getting sand in your shoes, stroll one of Southern California’s many remarkable piers.
You’ll spot plenty of wave-riding surfers while walking the turquoise-railed Manhattan Beach Pier, which ends at the iconic red-roofed Roundhouse Aquarium.
On the oceanfront West Coaster rollercoaster at Santa Monica Pier, you'll have a perfect excuse to snuggle up while overlooking Santa Monica Bay.
If fishing is your thing, cast your lines (no license required) from Oceanside Pier.
And you can gaze out at miles and miles of coastline from Huntington Beach Pier, among the longest piers on the West Coast, at 1,850 feet long.
Though not technically a pier, the 2,300-foot-long Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara certainly feels like one. The oldest working wooden wharf in the state bustles with restaurants, shops, and even a wine-tasting room.