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“Cupid On the Coast” — Unique Date Ideas in San Diego

Are you ready to ignite the flames of romance and embark on unforgettable adventures with your beloved in America’s Finest City? Look no further! From sunset strolls along pristine beaches to intimate beachfront dining experiences with breathtaking views, there’s always a plethora of things to do for couples in San Diego. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to spend quality time together, the city boasts a diverse range of date ideas guaranteed to make your hearts skip a beat. Join us as we dive into the ultimate guide to romantic things to do in San Diego, where love is always in the air and unforgettable memories await around every corner!

Start Your Romantic Getaway at Pacific Terrace

chocolate covered strawberries and bottle of champagne overlooking pool and beach

Indulge in a romantic retreat right here at Pacific Terrace Hotel! Our seaside haven promises an enchanting escape for couples. With special offers like our Romance Package (which boasts chilled champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, breakfast with mimosas, and more), your celebration will be nothing short of magical. Embrace the intimate ambiance of a plush private space with a balcony overlooking the ocean, and create timeless memories by the serenity of the sea.

Indulge in Beachfront Dining

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Tuck into culinary romance by savoring intimate beachfront dining. At San Diego’s waterfront eateries, the ocean becomes the backdrop for unforgettable moments. Nearby Bali Hai is a tiki-inspired gem that invites couples to relish Polynesian flavors amidst swaying palms. For panoramic bay views, Island Prime is a heartfelt hideaway where contemporary American cuisine meets sophistication. Cannonball, located adjacent to the iconic Belmont Park, provides a vibrant setting with sushi delights and Pacific panoramas. George’s at the Cove in La Jolla offers an upscale coastal experience, boasting ocean-facing tables and a menu blending California creativity. Of course, you also can’t go wrong at the excellent restaurants you’ll find at our sister properties, Humphreys SoCal Dining and Music (at Humphreys Half Moon Inn) and Blue Wave Bar & Grill (inside Best Western Plus Island Palms). Elevate your love story with these exquisite dining destinations, each a gateway to culinary bliss on San Diego’s shores.

Plus, don’t forget to take a trip to the Terrace Cafe during your stay! The Pacific Terrace offers a variety of sips and snacks for hotel guests to enjoy, whether it’s poolside, during happy hour, or in-room dining — all served with a stunning ocean view! Enjoy our menu of classic American dishes with a twist and Southern California Coastal cuisine. Learn more here!

Enjoy a Frozen Treat on the Boardwalk

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Love ice cream? Celebrate your affection for frozen confection with a sweet seaside rendezvous — indulge in a beachfront cone or dish of your favorite flavors! Ocean’s Ice Cream, a charming spot with ocean views, offers a delightful array of flavors to savor while strolling along the shore. Bobboi Gelato crafts artisanal treats using locally sourced ingredients, creating a sensory delight for couples seeking a unique experience. Glazed Coffee and Creamery entices with handcrafted ice cream and spectacular sunset vistas. For a tropical twist, Big Kahuna’s Ice Cream, whisks you away with island-inspired flavors. Or, create your own custom gourmet ice cream sandwich at The Baked Bear just down the street from our hotel!

Stroll Along a Picturesque Pier

Pacific Terrace Sunset

There’s an undeniable charm in leisurely strolling alongside the beach at sunset, where it feels almost surreal to walk beside the water’s edge. San Diego’s ocean piers stand as iconic symbols of the Southern California coastline, and here they truly shine. Offering unparalleled opportunities for sunset gazing, biking, and savoring the consistently perfect weather, our ocean piers embody the essence of coastal living. When you choose to stay with us, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the renowned Crystal Pier, a landmark that epitomizes the beauty of Pacific Beach. Looking for more? Check out this post from our sister property Humphreys Half Moon Inn, and find your beachfront bliss. 


Cruise the San Diego Bay

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Set sail on a romantic voyage with your beloved on the shimmering waters of San Diego Bay during a dinner cruise date! Picture the captivating skyline serving as your picturesque backdrop while you both savor a mouthwatering meal prepared by skilled chefs. For a comprehensive list of our top picks, explore our curated guide to the Best Dinner Cruises in San Diego on our blog.

Transport Yourself to Italy

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Get a taste of the magic and romance of Italy right here in San Diego! Coronado’s Gondola Company will take you on a private tour for two through the enchanting canals of the Coronado Cays, complete with champagne, photo ops, and chocolate truffles. The point of departure is only a 15-minute drive from the Pacific Terrace Hotel. Plus, Special Valentine’s Packages are available for purchase and include your own musician!

Love is in the Air

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Experience truly breathtaking views of the metro and surrounding area from a bird’s-eye perspective courtesy of Compass Balloons. You and your travel partner will be inspired by the panoramic views of the California coastline, the vast blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean, and overhead views of landmarks like Del Mar and Torrey Pines Preserve. When booking your tour, be sure to ask about extras like a lovely champagne toast.

Picnic on the Beach

picnic setup overlooking the pacific ocean

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There’s little that’s more enjoyable than an intimate beach picnic. Light bites, a little wine, some candles, toes in the sand — just the thought of it brings a smile. If you’d like to plan a warm beach-bound alfresco adventure for you and a loved one, then reach out to the experts at Hidden Picnics. They specialize in creating outdoor dining experiences that impress and inspire, with waterfront dining being a particular area of focus. Bon appétit! 

Take a Paddleboard Trek for Two

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Paddleboarding is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the ocean in San Diego, and it’s an especially fun way for couples to spend some quality time together while both getting some exercise and drinking in amazing views. Our friends at Disco’s Paddle Surf are always ready to help with lessons, rentals, and even planning sightseeing treks around the bay. So suit up, grab your paddle, and embark on an adventure you’ll never forget!

Bask in the Sunset

Sunset viewing spot overlooking the ocean

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There’s little that’s more cozy than holding hands while watching the sun slip below the horizon. And while the West Coast is home to some of the world’s most spectacular sunsets, San Diego’s are particularly picturesque. Several spots around the metro offer prime opportunities to drink in the dreamy dusk. If you’re not sure where to get started, check out our handy guide to the best area sunset spots.  

Stay in Splendor

Pacific Terrace offers a truly stunning stay for you and your traveling companion. Our intimate hideaway overlooks Pacific Beach and offers guests private balconies, direct beach access, in-room dining and massage services, plus a hot tub and heated pool. You’ll want to take a look at our SPECIAL OFFERS to select the travel deal that’s right for you — including our Romance Package, which includes a whole host of extras certain to make your stay a cozy one. Let’s feel the love this February!