10 Best Romantic Things to Do Around San Diego

San Diego's 70 miles of beaches serve as an automatically-romantic backdrop. A common date night default involves a hand-in-hand walk in the sand or perhaps a picnic at sunset. While this is the stuff that dreams are made of, San Diego is also full of other ways to woo your partner.

Cruise the San Diego Bay on a romantic dinner cruise. Hornblower Cruises depart daily at 6:30pm for a 3-hour tour on calm water while enjoying cocktails and a three-course meal.

Engage a professional to help book anything from a unique helicopter tour of America's Finest City to a Segway tour of downtown. Another Side of San Diego Tours can arrange almost anything you can dream up. Check out the massive list of offerings on their site.

At first blush it doesn't seem like the most romantic thing to do in San Diego, but the Torrey Pines Gliderport is a local favorite for view, entertainment and free entry. Watching the gliders takeoff and land is surprisingly romantic set against the Pacific Ocean. Bring a picnic and definitely a camera.

The other good news? Dress up or down... it's your choice and one of the perks about the San Diego lifestyle.

Quite possibly the largest tour company in San Diego, Another Side Of San Diego Tours can customize any itinerary you'd like from shopping tours to VIP helicopter or hot air balloon tours. They've got wine tasting, horseback riding, hiking,...  Read More

Cabrillo National Monument
Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

Don't leave San Diego without visiting the Cabrillo National Monument, perched high on the cliffs at the end of the Pt. Loma peninsula. You'll be awed by the spectacular view onto San Diego Bay, downtown San Diego, and the mountains looming...  Read More

It's not exactly Italy, but you can be escorted around the Coronado Cays in a gondola, thanks to The Gondola Company. See gorgeous homes, boats and scenery while sipping wine (glassware and openers are provided but you need to BYOB). Gondolas...  Read More

Torrey Pines State Beach and Park

Along the bluffs overlooking the sea there are eight miles of trails through this state park that are perfect for a romantic hike (note that no food or drinks are allowed). Due to conservation efforts it is one of the wildest, most undeveloped...  Read More

Located in the La Jolla Shores area, La Jolla Kayak offers snorkel, bike and kayak tours. Hop in a kayak and explore marine life such as Sea Lions, Leopard Sharks, and Garibaldi around the famous Seven Caves and the La Jolla Underwater Park. Do...  Read More

Initially conceived as a memorial to Korean War veterans, this site now features a series of walls paved with black granite plaques that honor individual figures from all wars and from all branches of the service. A 43-foot cross stands atop...  Read More

Widely considered one of the top ten beaches in the US, the seaward side of Coronado Island is exceptionally clean, with wide stretches of sand. The northern end, "North Beach," is dog-friendly and popular for surfing in the summer. The main...  Read More

Hornblower Cruises in San Diego can handle everything from weddings to birthday parties to just a nice evening for two out on the San Diego Bay. Dinner cruises depart nightly and last for 3 hours. Cruises leave from San Diego Grape Street pier...  Read More

Balboa Park
Balboa Park
Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

With over 85 cultural and recreational facilities, Balboa Park is a must-see. It's probably best to start at the Visitor's Center for a map and events calendar, and to purchase a Balboa Park Passport, which provides entrance to most of park's...  Read More

Ranked the #1 paragliding school in America since 2000, Torrey Pines Gliderport is a city-owned private-use glider airport. You can't really beat the view from the sky, but it's pretty spectacular from the ground, too. You can take lessons, fly...  Read More


Meet Katie Dillon

Katie Dillon originally moved to the seaside community of La Jolla to attend UC San Diego. When the opportunity presented itself, she and her husband set off for a 7 year stint overseas as...  More About Katie

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