12 Romantic Valentine’s Day Date Ideas In San Diego

Looking for a Valentine’s Day date idea, San Diego? The natural beauty of America’s Finest City easily makes it one of the most romantic places to enjoy Valentine’s Day.

We love San Diego’s amazing restaurants…please go enjoy a special Valentine’s Day Dinner date at one of them! But if you’re looking for a little something extra to romance that special someone, we’ve got you covered here!

Attend a Performance of Shakespeare in the Park

Join San Diego Shakespeare Society actors for this special SDMA+ Romantic ArtStops performance on Sunday, February 13th, where you can see the famous balcony scene from “Romeo and Juliet” performed in the San Diego Museum of Art’s upper and lower rotunda!

The program will be shared in two parts. The performance begins with an in-gallery portion that is free with Museum admission then moves to continue in front of the Museum, free to the public.


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Stroll Through Balboa Park and Visit a Museum

You really can’t go wrong with a romantic walk through Balboa Park! While you’re there, stop in at the Mingei International Museum or San Diego Museum of Art for a little culture, then head to Panama 66 for a glass of wine!


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Pretend You’re in Positano at La Valencia

Let historic La Valencia transport you to the Mediterranean coast this Valentine’s Day – we swear that a room overlooking the coastline of La Jolla is as close as you’ll get to Italy without getting on a plane!

And with their special prix fixe at its Mediterranean Room restaurant, you can enjoy a four-course menu of California Mediterranean fare, plus optional wine pairings before heading back to your room. Reservations can be made here.

Book a Spa Getaway at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Since Valentine’s Day lands on a Monday this year, why not spend the entire weekend at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, a hacienda-style retreat situated on 10 acres between San Diego’s seaside villages of La Jolla and Del Mar. Spend a romantic getaway walking through the lush gardens, relaxing by the pool or spending a day at Spa Estancia.

Treat your special someone to Estancia La Jolla’s La Jolla is for Lovers Package, which includes champagne, chocolate truffles and a floral arrangement in your room. End the weekend with a special five-course Valentine’s Day dinner you’ll never forget!

Dance the Night Away with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at The Holding Company

This Valentine’s Day, The Holding Company invites all valentines, galentines and singles to dance the night away to the upbeat and funky tunes of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Cha’s! While the music venue doors open at 6:30PM, the second-story patio and rooftop open at 4PM for all those celebrating to kick off their evening of fun with dinner, handmade cocktails and a rooftop sunset. Find menu here. A limited number of meet & greet tickets ($50) and general admission tickets ($35) are available here .

Liberty Station's Best Valentine's Day Date Spots

Make a Day of it at Liberty Station

With 48 acres of grassy parkland, over 30 restaurants and seasonally rotating art installations, Valentines can spend the full day exploring Liberty Station together. A few activities perfect for a full day date include:

  • Enjoy the San Diego sunshine and rent a paddleboard or kayak  to take out on Liberty Station’s waterfront or bring a beach cruiser and ride along the bike path.
  • Kick back in luxury recliners, enjoy in-theater food and beverage service and catch a movie at The Lot.
  • Get competitive in a game of mini golf at The Loma Club’s newly opened 9-hole mini-course, Tappers.
  • Explore Liberty Station’s seasonal outdoor art installations, including Transcending Perception, Archive & Witness,
    currently on display.

Get Adventurous on a Whale Watching Tour at Everyday California

Everyday California invites San Diegans to level up their love this Valentine’s Day with their unique whale watching kayak tours, the ultimate date idea for thrill-seeking, outdoorsy couples. As they say, love is about the journey, not the destination and each winter, hundreds of gray whales pass through La Jolla on their 12,400-mile round trip journey from Alaska to Baja California. Experience the romantic wonder via kayak tours and rentals daily.

Visit a Winery

While Temecula is often the go-to spot for wine tasting, there are wineries closer to San Diego that make for a great date, too. The Bernardo Winery, which is San Diego’s oldest winery, is home to a wine tasting room and several adorable shops with hand-crafted items, and often hosts special events. Or head to one of San Diego’s amazing urban wineries – we suggest the Carruth Cellars Wine Garden in Little Italy for a quick romantic getaway.

Plan an Escape to Lakehouse Hotel & Resort

Take a romantic escape to the lake this Valentine’s Day and experience all that Lakehouse Hotel & Resort has to offer. Located on the 80 acre recreational Lake San Marcos, Lakehouse makes for the perfect romantic getaway. Head to the hotel’s main dining outpost, The Grill, and enjoy Valentine’s weekend specials, including Surf & Turf, Prosciutto and Brie Stuffed Chicken Breast, Flourless Chocolate Torte, as well as specialty cocktails, offered all month long.

Looking for something more than just dinner? Head to The Marina at Lakehouse where they’ll be offering Love Boat Cruises, featuring a one hour Executive Duffy Rental, bottle of bubbly, macarons, and a Souvenir Plushie for the kids.

Float Over San Diego in a Hot Air Balloon

Make a big impression and book a hot air balloon flight to literally take your date to new heights. Compass Balloon Rides offers group and private balloon rides around Del Mar that offer gorgeous views of the coastline and the surrounding areas. It may be a bit pricey but it’s hard to beat in the romance department.

Get Bubbles by the Bay package at Sun Outdoors San Diego Bay

Enjoy a romantic getaway with Sun Outdoors San Diego Bay’s ‘Bubble by the Bay’ add-on available for the entire month of February to celebrate a whole month of love. For only an extra $30, couples can get a bottle of sparkling wine and rose petals on the bed, which is available upon checkout when booking.

Hit the Trails

Show off your athletic side with a hike through Torrey Pines State Park. By the time you climb from the bottom of the hill to the top, you’ll feel the rush of endorphins taking over. Meander through the various trails to view the flora or hike down to the beach. Either way, you’ll have a spectacular view of the sunset to share with your significant other.

Get Out on the Water for a Romantic Cruise

You can’t beat the views of San Diego from the water for a romantic date! Rental companies like Seaforth and Triton Charters make it really easy to rent a nice boat – of all kinds – for a couple of hours, or book a charger with a Captain if you don’t feel comfortable steering the ship on your own.

Whatever you do, we hope it’s a great day with that special someone!

Happy Valentine’s Day, San Diego!


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