Romantic Date Ideas: San Diego

Want to treat your loved one to a romantic day, night, or weekend? Planning the perfect proposal or anniversary celebration? Our county's beaches, mountains and deserts provide terrific backdrops for all kinds of romantic dates. (Photo courtesy of Candelas on the Bay)

Updated: January 11, 2010

Get Cozy


Forever Fondue

909 Prospect St, Ste 190, La Jolla, CA 92037

La Jolla's intimate fondue restaurant offers tenderloin filet, shrimp, scallops and other entrees for dipping into cheese fondue. If the savory food and sparkling wines has you feeling flirty, it's okay to share a quick kiss--fondue tradition dictates that if you drop your food off the fork into the pot, you have to kiss the person next to you.


Rancho Bernardo Inn San Diego Hotels

17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego, CA 92128

Even if you don't spend the night, the North County inn provides a quiet, private setting for a couples? night out. Share a bottle of wine at the hotel's bar, then sit by the fireplace on the outdoor patio or a secluded bench on the outskirts of the hotel's property.


La Costa Resort & Spa

2100 Costa Del Mar Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92009

Couples massages are available from just about any spa, but this spa's VIP suites are truly unique. In addition to the two massage tables, each suite has a fireplace, a private shower, and an outdoor patio with a Jacuzzi. The Romantic Journey package ($475) includes a 50-minute massage for two, champagne, chocolate truffles, strawberries, and day use of the spa.


Candelas on the Bay

1201 1st St Ste 115, Coronado, CA 92118

This upscale Mexican restaurant is located in Coronado with windows offering floor-to-ceiling views of the San Diego Bay. The menu includes flavorful entrees such as Camarones Cabe de Puertas--jumbo prawns flamed with tequila served over ahi tuna and topped with avocado. After dinner, take a walk along the harbor to admire the San Diego skyline.


The Inn at Sunset Cliffs

1370 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107

Check into a beachfront room at this Ocean Beach hotel to experience a panoramic view of the Pacific and the rhythmic sound of waves crashing against the rocky shore. The outdoor terrace features a swimming pool, patio furniture, and BBQ grills, providing the perfect setting for a late-night picnic by the ocean.


Landmark Hillcrest Cinema

3965 5th Ave # 200, San Diego, CA 92103

If your date has quirky movie tastes that Sherlock Homes won't satisfy, go to this Hillcrest cinema for indie flicks, documentaries, and other films you won't find in more mainstream movie theatres. Then take a walk around the block for a post-movie stop at one of Hillcrest's many wine bars or dessert spots.


Get Adventurous


Sunset Sails

1950 Harbor Dr N, Oceanside, CA 92054

Take a peaceful sunset sail ($175 for two people) on the Bueno, a 36-foot sailboat led by an experienced captain who points out fish, mammals, and coastal landmarks along the route. Bring your favorite CDs and snacks for the excursion.


Mission Bay Park

1775 E Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

Episodes of ?The O.C.? and ?Laguna Beach,? may have made it cliche to have a beach bonfire in Southern California, but it's definitely a relaxing way to spend an evening. Grab hooded sweatshirts and necessary bonfire supplies (firewood, lighter fluid, etc.) then set up a spot by a fire ring for a night of quiet conversation, s?mores, and the starry sky.


Julian Stables

PO Box 881, Julian, CA 92036

So your girlfriend has a thing for cowboys, huh? For an afternoon away from hectic city life, take a drive up to Julian for a guided trail ride ($55 per person) through oaks and pines. The hour-long ride offers views of Lake Cuyamaca and Volcan Mountain.