Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in San Diego

The most romantic day of the year is nearly here — and with it, an opportunity to plan an occasion to remember for you and that special someone who makes your heart flutter. Thankfully, San Diego is brimming with amorous Valentine’s Day possibilities certain to charm both of you. From sunset beach walks to enchanting eateries to exciting couples’ adventures, there’s no end of ways to enjoy a starry-eyed sojourn through “America’s Finest City.” Here are some great date ideas in San Diego.

Cruise the San Diego Bay

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Navigate the deep blue waters of San Diego Bay as you and your date captain your own boat! San Diego Speedboat Adventures offers a fantastic adventure certain to send your heartbeat racing along with your craft. While navigating the nearby waters, be sure to steal a smooch by the Kissing Couple statue in front of the USS Midway Museum. San Diego Speed Boat Adventures is just a short 15-minute drive from the Pacific Terrace Hotel.

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 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.

Bask in the Sunset

Sunset view in San Diego

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There’s little that’s cozier 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.  

Grab a Bite

Restaurant in San Diego

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San Diego’s world-renowned status as a foodie town is well-deserved. No matter what you’re in the mood for, our culinary culture, melting-pot mix of influences, and proximity to an unending stream of fresh local ingredients means you can’t go wrong when choosing a spot. Still, we’d be remiss if we didn’t offer up some suggestions for our favorite area eateries, each of which is ideally suited for a romantic dinner for two.

  • George’s at the Cove: Top-notch views, craft cocktails, and dishes. Watch the waves crashing in front of you while enjoying a romantic dinner. Just a ten minute drive north of us!
  • Enoteca Adriano: Experience the true taste of Italy in North Pacific Beach, just a few minutes away from our hotel. There’s nothing more romantic than pasta and wine!
  • The French Gourmet: A neighborhood gem in Pacific Beach that’s part restaurant, part wine-boutique, part French Bakery. Perfect for date night!
  • Island Prime Steakhouse: Over-the-water eatery with amazing skyline views. 
  • The Marine Room: Spectacular seafood overlooking La Jolla Bay.
  • Mister A’s: A penthouse bistro serving contemporary French cuisine.

  • Addison Del Mar: San Diego’s only two-star Michelin restaurant is the way to impress that special someone. Delight in California gastronomy at its finest!

Picnic on the Beach

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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!

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 Valentine’s Day!