The activities at this 3-mile "underwater park" in... Laguna/Newport Beach are non-stop: surfing, scuba diving, skin diving, horseback riding (BYOH, bring your own horse), hiking, biking, kayaking, and camping (not beach camping though and not free). If camping is not your cup of tea, there are some beach-front cottages at various rates. Check the website for more information and online reservations (but it's better to call since these are usually booked way in advance). Enjoy!
UPDATE 12/21: If you love tidepools or the OC is too much of a trek, check out Abalone Cove in Palos Verdes (see Cheap Date Idea #57).
UPDATE 01/02/10: Here are some new FREE events for January 2010. Check back for updates on the calendar online.
- Jan 10th 9 AM Winter at Crystal Cove
- Jan 16th 9 AM Grey Whale Twalk
- Jan 17th 3 PM Sunset Photo Walk
- Jan 24th 3 PM Tidepool Walk to Little Treasure Cove
UPDATE 04/16/10: The FREE tide pool walks in April are set for 1 PM on both Saturday 4/24 and Sunday 4/25. Click HERE for the full April calendar of free events.
Approximate cost of creative date idea = Free + $15 Parking.
Actual value of the cheap date idea = Priceless.
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