San Diego stands at a distant 9th spot on the Fox Travel’s list of the top 10 romantic destinations for the Valentine’s Day; that puts the City at the rear of places like Washington DC, Orlando, and even Phoenix, which may be more suitable for dating couples in their late 40s. We feel that with its historical theatres, serene beaches, live music venues, and excellent short term furnished apartments, San Diego should be among the top 5 romantic cities in America. Take a read through some of the most intimate locations and secret spots in San Diego that are carved straight out of paradise, especially for romantic couples.
1. Explore La Jolla Cove
Hugely popular among locals and tourists, La Jolla Cove is an idyllic location for observing the foaming ocean or marveling at the romantic sunset in the arms of your loved one. You can book a “sunset kayak tour” and ride the calm waves in a double kayak with the love of your life. The adjacent La Jolla commercial district has some glamorous restaurants and shopping outlets to consummate your romantic foray. Dining at a fine restaurant in the area would be perfect ending to your date, unless you want to spend the night together at your furnished holiday apartment in San Diego.
2. Ride a Gondola
This boat-ride through the canals of Coronado Cays might not exactly be reminiscent of a gondola-ride through the Grand Canal in Venice, but has plenty of charm to melt lovers’ hearts and fuse them together. Feel the serene waves gently rock you as you speak your heart to your loved one, or just stare into each other’s eyes. You may bring your own bottle of champagne and the Gondola Company would provide the glasses, ice and wine-opener. The cruise lasts for 30 minutes and reservations are required.
3. Sojourn at Sunset Cliffs
Located south of Ocean Beach, these romantic sea cliffs sprawl over 68 acres and are traversed by winding walkways. You can drive here from your short term furnished apartment in San Diego and park at a secluded spot. There are many scenic locations that boasting beautiful views of the surfing beaches below. Watch the sun go down into the ocean and giving everything a touch of gilt, including the two of you.
4. Walk through the Prado
This might be your walk on the clouds if you’re on your first date. The Prado area of Balboa Park reminds of Barcelona with its Spanish Moor architecture. Majestic buildings, bubbling fountains, sumptuous pools, and exquisite gardens teleport you into another place and time, right in the heart of Sand Diego. You can buy each other gifts at the splendid mall or dine at the sumptuous Prado Restaurant. By the time you get back to your furnished vacation apartment, you’ll be deeply in love with each other.
5. Drive to Coronado
Hop on East Harbor Drive from downtown San Diego and you’ll see yourself rising above San Diego Bay until you reach the five-lane Coronado Bridge, one of the world’s largest modern bridges. Driving 200 feet above the water with nothing on the sides except a low railing is an enthralling experience, though not for those who are afraid of heights. When in Coronado, a visit to the historical Hotel Del is sort of mandatory. Dancing, jazz music, swinging, and a splendid beach make this relic of a hotel the favorite haunt of Hollywood celebrities.
6. Watch a Movie at the Drive-in
Slip back into the ’70s watching a romantic flick at one of the two drive-in cinemas, the South Bay and the Santee. Buy dinner from a drive-through restaurant and get intimate in the comfort of your car while watching your favorite movie. Okay, so it may not be your favorite, but who is there to watch a movie? And, you can drive away anytime if it’s too boring. This old school style of romance might not be here for long, so avail the opportunity while the drive-ins still exist.
7. Cruise on the Belle
Board a turn-of-the-century Mississippi cruiser and enjoy a romantic cruise with live music. The Bahia Belle cruises from The Catamaran Resort Hotel on Mission Bay and loops between the Bay and the Bahia. There are shops located onboard for buying souvenirs and gifts. The Belle features Family cruises till 10pm and “Cocktail Cruises” after 10. Spirits flow at the bar and so does sweat on the dance floor as the party heats up. The entry fee is just $10.
8. Escape to Julian
Want to go somewhere lonely and romantic, away from the maddening crowds? Julian is the perfect escapade hidden away in the Cuyamaca Mountains, about 1.5 hours out of San Diego. Marvel at the serenity and fill your lungs with fresh air as you celebrate each other’s company. You’ll have all the time in the world to get lost in each other and strengthen the bond of your love. You can relish some authentic country cuisine, take a carriage ride, or just stroll through the picturesque countryside holding hands.
9. Climb the Old Lighthouse
Located within the Carbillo National Monument area, the Old Point Loma lighthouse sits 400 feet above sea level and sports breathtaking views of the bay. Climb the winding, shell-like staircase, giggling and snuggling together on your way up there, and marvel at the scenery when you reach the top. This is the area where Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the Spanish conquistador who discovered San Diego first set foot. Reaching here would require you to drive through the tranquil and beautiful Rosecrans National Cemetery, which is a moving experience in itself. You’ll dream of the location after you hit the bed in your short term furnished apartment in san Diego.
10. Scale Mount Soledad
Although famous because of the controversial 50-feet cross that stands on top of the picturesque mountain, Mount Soledad is a peaceful haven for dating couples because of its spellbinding calm and breathtaking views. On a clear day, you can see as far as Coronado and the outskirts of Poway. The shores of La Jolla and Scripps Pier are visible to the west. “Soledad” means “loneliness” in Spanish and the scenic locations offers just that, solitude and tranquility.
Have you been to one of these places or any other romantic sites in San Diego? Share your experience with us in your comments.