20 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas Perfect for Two
Valentine’s Day is coming and your partner is probably expecting something sweet, something special, something memorable. The pressure is on, friends. If you’re having trouble with what to do this Valentine’s Day we’ve compiled a varied list of date ideas perfect for two.
- Rent a boat
- Have a charcuterie night
- Explore someplace new
- Book a staycation
- Re-create one of your best dates (on the water)
- Go kayaking
- Learn how to sail together
- Picnic on the deck
- Dance on a boat
- Dock ‘n’ dine
- Take-out on board
- Cocktail hour on board
- Go stargazing
- Set a special dinner on board
- Self care date
- Movie night on board
- Sunset cruise
- Plan a on-water photoshoot
- Wine & chocolate tasting
1. Rent a boat
This gets the top spot in this list because you need a trusty steed (I.e. the boat) to show up like a knight in shining armor. Finding a truly special boat is easy. You can search by boat type, model, or manufacturer. Pro tip: Scroll down on the boat listing to check out unique features such WiFi or BBQ grill on board. Cozy up on a sailboat, or go big and book a yacht. Everything is more romantic on the water.
2. Charcuterie date
Trust us you’ll get brownie points if you go with this one. Bring a charcuterie board on board and indulge in a variety of cheeses, cured meats, and delectable treats while you cruise along. Charcuterie boards are easy to make, do it yourself and wow your date or buy one from a store. Either way the charcuterie date is a winning idea. Not to mention, it’s a perfect food to bring on a boat.
3. Explore someplace new
Exploring a new destination, just around the corner or far away, with someone is a wonderful experience and promotes intimacy. If you have plans to travel somewhere new for Valentine’s Day, make sure you look for things to do on the water. And, if traveling abroad isn’t viable, browse for boats nearby and explore your area.
4. Book a staycation
Staycations are a great option for those looking to spend less and do something new and exciting this Valentine’s Day. Why not staycation on a boat? Spend the night on board and have fun exploring a whole new world together, right next to home.
5. Recreate a memorable date (on the water)
Take a trip down memory lane by recreating your favorite date, but this time on the water. Whether it’s revisiting a special location or reminiscing about a cherished moment, relive the magic and create new memories together.
6. Go kayaking
This one is for the adventurous types. A kayaking date is a fun and easy activity to do on Valentine’s Day. Exploring the waterway, where you’ll most likely see wildlife, is a wonderful way to connect with nature and each other. Check out the Add-ons list for boat rentals that offer kayaks, enjoy navigating the water side-by-side.
7. Learn how to sail together
Learning something new together is a wonderful way to deepen connection. Learning how to sail is a great Valentine’s Day date idea because it takes two. In preparation for your sailing date, research what to wear and sailing basics like nautical flags. Book a sailboat with a USCG-certified captain and ask them to show you the ropes.
8. Picnic on the deck
A romantic picnic on the deck of the boat is definitely a date to remember. For this one, you want to pick spacious boat types like pontoons or deck boats. Make sure to pack boat-friendly snacks and food. If you’re going with this, you might want to check the Add-ons list for Cooler (Ice Chest) and Ice. You can also check the Amenities on the boat listing for Stereo, AUX cord, or Bluetooth. Otherwise, let the lapping of the waves be the soundtrack for your intimate Valentine’s Day picnic.
9. Dance on a boat
Turn up the romance by dancing under the stars on the deck of your boat. Create a playlist of your favorite tunes, and let the gentle motion of the water set the rhythm for a magical evening of dancing in each other’s arms.
10. Dock ‘n’ dine
You can’t go wrong with restaurant reservations on Valentine’s Day. Better yet, you really can’t go wrong with making reservations at a waterfront restaurant and booking a boat for a dock ‘n’ dine experience. This way you can relish incredible views of the water and your favorite dish. Find restaurants with docks by searching “waterfront restaurants” on the Boatsetter Blog. Bon appetit!
11. Order chinese take-out & hangout
When life gets busy, important days or moments can get missed. Valentine’s Day is one such occasion. People think to go big or stay home. It’s always good to have an easy, low maintenance option and this is that option, friends. Keep it simple: Order take-out to bring aboard, cruise to a nice spot and anchor down, eat and catch up with each other.
Plan a daytime adventure by cruising to different spots. Whether it’s a secluded beach or a vibrant marina, make the most of the daylight hours on your Valentine’s Day daycation. Explore new surroundings and create shared memories during the sunlit hours.
13. Cocktail hour
There are two hour boat rental durations available for cocktail hour on the water, and also, a way for you to enjoy cocktail hour on the water safely — Book a boat with a USCG-certified captain. Filter your search to Captained to see your options. Booking a boat with the captain allows you to focus the rumance.
14. Go stargazing
Escape the city lights and gaze at the stars from the tranquility of your boat. Stargazing on the water adds a touch of magic to your Valentine’s Day evening. Bring a telescope if you have one and create a cozy space for marveling at the celestial wonders together.
15. Set a special dinner on board
Bring your chef’s hat aboard for a candlelit Valentine’s Day dinner. There’s nothing more appreciated than sharing a “boat-cooked” meal. Scroll down the boat listing to Amenities to check for a Grill on board. Create a memorable evening by preparing their favorite dish or even a shared favorite to be enjoyed on the water.
16. Self care date
Indulge in a self-care date on the water. Bring face masks, soothing music, and enjoy a relaxing day pampering yourselves in the serenity of your boat. It’s a unique and rejuvenating way to celebrate your love and prioritize well-being together.
17. Movie night on board
Create a cozy movie night setup on the deck. Snuggle up with blankets, pillows, and your favorite films for a cinematic experience under the stars. The tranquil environment of the water enhances the movie-watching experience, making it a memorable evening.
18. Sunset cruise
What’s more instagrammable than the sun setting on the water? You can use this date idea as a compliment to a larger plan, like dock ‘n’ dine lunch followed by or a sunset cruise. You can also remix one of the options with this one, like charcuterie date during golden hour! The possibilities are endless.
19. Plan a on-water photoshoot
Capture the moments of your special day with an on-water photoshoot. Document your love against the backdrop of the water and create lasting memories. The natural beauty of the surroundings adds a unique charm to your photos. (Tag us in your Valentine’s Day pictures!)
20. Wine & chocolate tasting
End your Valentine’s Day on a sweet note with a wine and chocolate tasting on board. Indulge in decadent treats, sip on fine wines, and toast to the love you share. It’s a delightful way to conclude your romantic day on the water.
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