Romance in the Air: Discover the Best Date Spots in San Diego

(Photo: Josh Willink)

It’s the season for significant others to celebrate their bonds, and San Diego is just the place to find a unique way to make it happen. All over the city, restaurants are readying Valentine’s Day specials and oceanfront viewing locales are getting more foot traffic than usual. In 2020, try these tried-and-true destinations, as well as some new arrivals. We promise pure magic.  


La Jolla Cove

An object of desire for photographers from all over the world, you don’t have to be taking pictures to be seduced by this secluded spot—although it will be a temptation. Live in the moment, though, and find yourselves enveloped by a rare sense of total release. From its seven caves to the abundance of marine species, La Jolla Cove is emblematic of San Diego, and the dream backdrop for a quiet moment for you and your partner.


El Prado Complex at Balboa Park

San Diego’s own Museum Row is set amongst the gently-winding paths of Balboa Park, beckoning to couples seeking a cultured excursion. Check out the San Diego Museum of Art, the Botanical Building, the Alcazar Garden, and much more. With the rich details of Spanish architecture and lush California vegetation all around, you’ll want to linger late into the evening, especially to do some shopping and dining.

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Gondola Rides on the Bay

A Southern California take on one of Venice’s most hallowed traditions, this is as old-school of a date night as you can ask for. Book a cruise with the Gondola Company, and recline as your gondolier guides you through the picturesque Coronado Cays.

(Photo: The Patio on Goldfinch)

The Patio on Goldfinch

Quiet and unpretentious, yet luscious and inviting with its walls of greenery, The Patio on Goldfinch calls to couples who would like nothing more than an elegant Mission Hills meal accompanied by a refreshing evening breeze. One of our favorite romantic restaurants in San Diego, their 2020 Valentine’s Day dinner menu is suitably divine, offering sensual dishes like oysters and wagyu beef.

The Pacific Terrace Hotel is right near all of the most alluring destinations in San Diego, and we’ve got dozens of ideas of where to go for Valentine’s Day 2018. Visit us, and put a rendezvous on the calendar.