Thanks to the hundreds of miles of coasts and dozens of inlets, channels, and harbors, Orange County has an environment perfectly suited for one of the most romantic experiences in the world: gondola riding. All year round, lovers and friends board authentic vessels piloted by dedicated gondoliers to enjoy each other’s company, take in the sights and sounds of the sea, and experience some Old World charm right in the middle of Orange County.
Newport Beach and Huntington Beach serve as Orange County’s primary gondola ports, as their natural features and stunning scenery combine to create a truly romantic and relaxing experience. Some of the favorite operators include:
- The Gondola Company of Newport
- Tour the beautiful bay and canals and experience Newport Beach as you never have before. The Gondola Company features a wide variety of tours and options, including marriage proposals, the always popular “message in a bottle” tour, and even surprise “kidnappings” from a local fine restaurant for those nautical pranksters among us. Prices start at $85. Website
- Sunset Gondola
- Located in the picturesque Sunset Beach region of Huntington Beach, Sunset Gondola is reputed to be the most authentic and romantic gondola cruise in America. Not only that, but their package deals also include some innovative and heart-stirring creations, including your own personal paparazzi photo shoot to capture your moments forever, plus a spectrum of sumptuous edible arrangements with chocolate strawberries. Or you can bring your own drinks and munchies, and Sunset Gondola will keep them safe till the right moment. Website
- Gondola Adventures, Inc.
- When you book a tour with Gondola Adventures, Inc. of Newport Beach, you have a true choice for your trip. If authenticity is what you crave, step on board a true Venetian gondola, imported directly from the Old Country and enjoy the charm of being gently rowed through Newport Harbor. Or, you can choose to travel further and longer on one of their electric powered gondolas, with silent motors making a perfect platform for weddings and other elegant celebrations. Either way, your experience will be one to truly remember. Website
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