Summer Lovin’ in San Diego

Planning to spend a little time with your sweetie in San Diego? Great choice! Our warm weather, miles of beaches and breathtaking sunsets make this a dreamy place to spend some quality time. And since much of what makes our stunning seaside city so beautiful also helps make it romantic, San Diego is a particularly easy place to really feel the love. So if you’re on the hunt for some great date ideas to explore summer, you’ve come to the right place!


Indulge in a Dinner Cruise 

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Picture it: the sun is setting, the air is warm, and you and your date are toasting over a gourmet meal as you gaze out over the deck of a luxury yacht. It doesn’t have to be a fantasy in “America’s Finest City”! Flagship Cruises embarks on nightly dinner excursions that offer decadent meals, a range of beverage options, and spectacular views of the bay and skyline. So book your cruise and set sail on a romantic adventure you’ll never forget.


Catch a Movie Under the Stars 

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When it comes to date-planning, there’s nothing wrong with heading out to the cineplex. Still, when you have the option of cozying up and taking in a blockbuster on an open-air rooftop, a movie turns into something truly special. If that sounds as good to you as it does to us, head to Rooftop Cinema Club in the Embarcadero, and prepare to be enchanted. They run a full schedule of must-see films just blocks from the ocean. 


Sneak Some Sips at a Secret Bar

The idea of the speakeasy (or secret tavern) may have come about during Prohibition, but the popularity of these hush-hush hideaways didn’t stop there. Something about shady entryways, whispered passwords, and clandestine cocktails just has an undeniable appeal. So if you and that special someone are interested in discovering a little incognito imbibing, San Diego’s booming speakeasy scene has you (under)covered. Start by checking out the hidden hotspots in our “Secret Bars of San Diego” post. 


Enjoy a Day at Belmont Park 

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Looking for a fun day out for two? Belmont Park is a timeless boardwalk-style waterfront rides-and-games destination located in picturesque Mission Beach. The park features awesome attractions like the Giant Dipper roller coaster, mini-golf, rock climbing, classic oceanside dining, and more. Check the Belmont Park information page for info. Then when it’s time to go, pop over to Cannonball for some sushi on their rooftop deck!


Plan a Decadent Dinner For Two

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There’s a reason why the classic romantic dinner date is such a popular choice when it comes to spending time with the person you love. Good food, great wine and charming company has a way of stimulating feelings of closeness. So it’s a good thing that San Diego’s melting pot culture has made our seaside city such a paradise for foodies! If you’re looking to gaze longingly into your loved one’s eyes over some truly exquisite dining, look no further than the following certified-special spots: 

  • Mister A’s: Exceptional city views and perfect plates.
  • Cesarina: Quality continental cooking in Point Loma.
  • The Marine Room: An oceanfront La Jolla favorite.
  • Starlite: A cozy, retro-cool neighborhood nook. 
  • Animae: Sumptuous steaks and Pan-Asian dishes in a plush ambience. 


Take In a Stunning Sunset

Day’s end is always breathtaking, but a west coast sunset soothes the soul on another level entirely. And even among California sunsets, San Diego’s are particularly spectacular. So why not chill some wine, pack a beach picnic, and head to the water to watch the daylight slip beneath the ocean horizon? If you’re lucky, you may even experience a “green flash”, a rare phenomenon that even locals don’t always catch. If you need some tips on the best spots to “ooh” and “aah” at the nightly light show, start with our post “San Diego’s Best Sunsets.” Then, stake out your spot, and prepare to be awed.


Visit Birch Aquarium

The Birch Aquarium at Scripps is a must-stop for both communing with marine life, and also enjoying some of the best beach views in the city. This public education center offered by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography includes interactive displays, a tide-pool exhibit, and 60-plus habitats housing a variety of fascinating and colorful sea life. The aquarium also offers seasonal whale-watching tours and snorkeling classes. Don’t forget to grab a souvenir snap at Scripps Pier before you go — it’s one of the most Instagrammable spots in the area


Your Romantic Escape Starts at Pacific Terrace

When it comes to romantic getaways, Pacific Terrace may just be Southern California’s coziest place to get comfy. Our beautiful beachfront hotel offers plush accommodations, top-tier service, thoughtful amenities, and even your own private balcony overlooking the ocean. Check out our special offers, select the San Diego travel deal that’s right for you, and plan your trip for two today!