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, try something new! 5 great places to enjoy Valentine’s Day in San Diego brings you closer to the one you love.
Get Cheesy Over Nachos and Margaritas
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.
Catch the Sparkle of the Downtown Skyline
On the edge of Downtown, Seaport Village mixes the bustling city vibe of San Diego with its beautiful San Diego bay views. Dining options range from inexpensive to moderate $$ and if you’re looking for bay and boat views, try the 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, watching boats go by, or making your way down to the USMidway to recreate the Unconditional Surrender Statue, Seaport Village does not disappoint.
Walk Hand and Hand Through the Gardens
Balboa Park is 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.
Enjoy the Sound of Rhythmic Ocean Waves.
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….
Walk Along Where the Sand Sparkles Like Gold
It’s not hard to imagine spending an entire day on Coronado Island, taking advantage of San Diego’s February weather (Highs of 75℉ in case you’re 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 Sheerwater, and s’mores at a private bonfire on the beach. While definitely on the more luxurious side, enjoy a night you’ll never forget and let the Hotel Del treat you with all the ritz you require.
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Written by Salvatore Friscia, owner 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.