With the ocean backdrop a natural setting for romance, La Jolla in San Diego offers up a number of ways to spend a meaningful day with your significant other.
Start with breakfast at the quaint Brockton Villa, a historic beach cottage in La Jolla with sweeping ocean views and salt air breezes. The ambiance is that of someone's home with service to match. Order the house specialty - coast toast -which is a souffle-like french toast worth every calorie. Or, try crab Ipanema Benedict - another local favorite - featuring two crab cakes, sliced tomato, poached egg and tomato coconut sauce. Healthy options are abundant, and mimosas may just be in order. Brockton Villa is perfect for a romantic breakfast or dinner — Photo courtesy of Brockton Villa
Hop in the car and drive over to La Jolla Shores, just a few minutes away. Poke around the shops on Avenida de la Playa while breakfast digests.
Rent a double kayak to explore the Seven Caves and La Jolla's Underwater Park, where marine life spotted often includes dolphins, sea lions, leopard sharks and Garibaldi. La Jolla Kayak will transport necessary gear to the beach and back for a low effort experience (until you get paddling). Explore alone as a couple, or take a guided tour. After paddling around, lounge on La Jolla Shores' beach, one of the best of the county's 70 miles of white sand.
A to-go gourmet sandwich, imported candy and snacks can be purchased back at the Cheese Shop near La Jolla Kayak. Or, shower the sand off at the beach and grab lunch at Piatti, one of San Diego's best Italian restaurants, famous for its wood-fired pizza, gluten-free menu and overall pleasant, upscale-casual vibe.
Rest and shower at your hotel in preparation for a special dinner timed to occur during sunset. If there's daylight to enjoy, walk hand in hand along the cove to have a look at the seaside community's famous seals. The boutiques on nearby Girard and Prospect streets - specializing in everything from art to kids clothing - will certainly keep one occupied for a bit while en route to George's at the Cove, the perfect venue for a romantic dinner. George's prawns a la plancha — Photo courtesy of George's at the Cove
The three-tiered restaurant offers choices ranging from upscale fine dining to al fresco bar dining. Whichever you choose, you'll see the story of San Diego told through a seasonally-driven menu, intimate environment and ocean views. To really wow your date, book the restaurant's exclusive TBL 3, where Executive Chef Trey Foshee prepares an intricate 12-14 course meal that is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience full of gastronomic and visual bliss.
The rest of the evening is up to you.