Skip the roses and the choccies in heart-shaped boxes this year, 2014 is about rocking Valentine’s Day Durban-style. Here are a few ideas that are not only right on your doorstep, but they’re also a sure-fire way to melt your main squeeze’s heart and earn you a zillion brownie points.

For the adventure  lovers:
Moses Mabhida Stadium’s SkyCar gives the unique opportunity of enjoying the sunset or city lights from a 106-metre high vantage point at the top of the stadium’s beautiful arch. Enjoy a cocktail or dinner at Cuba Lounge or a halaal meal from Nino’s or Subway. That takes care of Valentine’s night but you can continue over the weekend with a walk up 500 steps of the arch on the Adventure Walk. Work a bit harder to get to the top of the arch and be rewarded with cityscapes and ocean views. If you’re brave enough, pop the question to your loved one… it makes for a romantic and memorable setting, just saying! Find more info on all there is to do at the stadium right here.

For the beach lovers:

Horseback Beach Adventures offer everything from sunset and evening rides, picnic rides and a wide range of optional extras which will definitely win over your Valentine. So if you both love horses, endless beach views, and want to recreate your own romance movie scene, check out Horseback Beach Adventures’ website here.

For the adventure lovers:

Valentine’s Day might be about fluttering hearts, but this one’s sure to get your heart RACING! We’re talking about Moses Mabhida’s very own Big Swing. Of course, taking your partner is the perfect cover up for those too chicken to go it alone. The question is: who goes first? Details, prices and pics right here.

For the tranquility lovers:

You might not be able to jet set off to Paris or Italy for V-Day, but here’s the next best thing: Durban’s very own piece of Venice. The Durban Point Waterfront canals: where you and your partner can cozy up on a gondola and take in the Durban you rarely get to see. You can find out more about the Zulumoon Gondola rides here.

For the music lovers:

Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon unwinding to Gangs of Ballet at the Botanic Gardens. This might not be a one-on-one date, but with the 50 piece orchestra and the leafy beauty of the gardens, you can’t really go wrong. For details on Music at the Lake, click here.