10 Best Romantic Things to Do Around San Diego

San Diego's 70 miles of coastline 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 for tours on calm bay 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.



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



There is so much to do here that it's hard to begin. Two hotels, the La Jolla Shores Hotel and the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, offer guests amazing access and beach amenities. It's one of the best beaches to learn surfing, scuba and...  Read More



Quite possibly the largest tour company in San Diego, highly-rated 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 private limo wine tours,...  Read More



It's not exactly Italy, but you can be guided 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 or buy a bottle...  Read More

Cabrillo National Monument
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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



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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

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Beach


Along the bluffs overlooking the sea, there are eight miles of trails through this state natural reserve 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...  Read More

Balboa Park


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 Explorer Pass, which provides entrance to most of...  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