San Diego is known for its warm weather, fantastic beaches, and dreamy sunsets. From Old Town to La Jolla Shores, there’s romance brewing for the adventure-ers, the black-tie-event-ers, and everyone in between. Whether you’re a San Diego native looking for a staycation or a first time visitor, we hope this list inspires you to try something new that brings you closer to the one you love.
Old Town San Diego
Founded in 1769, Old Town San Diego is the first of the missions built in the state, making it the birthplace of California. Under the watchful eye of the Presidio of San Diego, Old Town sits in the middle of the city right off the I-8.
While it used to function as the cornerstone of California, Old Town is now a destination ripe with restaurants, mariachi, and romance. Those looking for a daredevil date may want to register for a tour of the haunted Whaley House. Others looking for a calmer night may be interested in visiting Cafe Coyote (and the it’s attached candy store – we recommend the fudge) or for sushi lovers, Harney Sushi. Walk around hand-in-hand, enjoy the Spanish architecture, and buy your sweetheart a rose from one of the street vendors.
Seaport Village is great if you’re looking for a fun date on a budget. On the edge of Downtown, Seaport Village mixes the bustling city vibe of San Diego with its beautiful beach views. While there are some fancier dining options should you choose (most notably The Harbor House), part of the charm of Seaport Village is its quaintness. Grab-and-go style dining is nestled between art galleries and ice cream shops housed in clay-roofed pueblos. For any adventurous love-birds, renting a tandem bike and taking in a full view of the Coronado bridge is one of the many perks of Seaport Village. So whether you’re packing a picnic, dining in, or making your way down to the USMidway to recreate the Unconditional Surrender Statue, Seaport Village does not disappoint.
Originally intended as an exhibition for the opening of the Panama Canal in 1915, Balboa Park has since become a cultural hub for San Diego. The park houses the vast majority of museums in the city (from the Museum of Art to the Mengei), as well as several gardens (such as The Zoro Garden and The Alcazar Garden). It is also home to the Spanish Village, a cobblestone lined avenue of Spanish casitas that serve as art galleries and coffee shops. Take a short walk across an arching pedestrian bridge and you will find yourself in the Rose Garden, an enchanting paradigm for romantic endeavors. Aside from admiring the ornate Spanish architecture or dancing to a tune played by one of the many street performers, visitors to Balboa Park can participate in hands-on art classes and admire San Diego with a birds-eye-view from the California Tower. Looking for something to eat? The Prado boasts a special Valentine’s Day menu, or there is Panama 66 for something more casual.
La Jolla Cove
La Jolla, California. The 92037. If you’re looking to take your SO on a date somewhere postcard ready, look no further than La Jolla Cove. The palm-lined coast, sweeping ocean views, and, oh yeah – did we mention rows of local boutiques? In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and all things pink, don’t miss an opportunity to stop by the La Valencia hotel and associated restaurant, THE MED. Other local dining favorites include Duke’s and Eddie V’s. Rest assured that no matter where you dine, La Jolla Cove is constructed to give everyone a panoramic view of the ocean. The Cove is also home to its own high street, Prospect Street, complete with high-end local boutiques and a Benefit Cosmetics Brow, for anyone apt to leaving gift buying to the last minute….
It’s not hard to imagine spending an entire day on Coronado Island, taking advantage of San Diego’s February weather (75℉ in case you were wondering) to hit the beach and explore Orange Avenue. Secluded and pristine, Coronado Island is the perfect spot for a staycation. The historic Hotel Del Coronado boasts a plethora of activities for couples as well as magnificent views of the grounds and a private beach. Treat your partner with a trip to the spa, lobster off the exclusive Valentine’s Day menu at 1500 Ocean, and s’mores at a private bonfire on the beach. While definitely on the more pricey end, you both deserve a night you’ll never forget. This year also marks the 130th anniversary of the Hotel Del, so rest assured you’ll be treated with all the ritz you require.
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Written by Jayne Friscia of San Diego Premier Property Management a full service residential property management company offering Worry Free property management to the greater San Diego area since 2004.