Unique Valentine’s Day Ideas in San Diego

Home to beautiful beaches, culinary crème de la crème, and sigh-inducing sunsets, nowhere is set for romance quite like Southern California.  Skip the roses and heart-shaped candies this year and opt for something a little more San Diego with these unique Valentine’s Day ideas.

The Adventure Seeker:

  • Bayside Bike Ride – Studies show couples who work out together stay together, so break a sweat with a bike ride around Mission Bay and Mission Beach. The area has over 27 miles of flat coastal paths so you can catch a romantic sunset while cruising.
  • Whale-Watching - Head on a sea excursion and discover another side of America’s Finest City. Hop aboard the Hornblower for a breathtaking experience that bring you up-close to gray whales, dolphins and other San Diego wildlife.

The Art Enthusiast:

  • Explore San Diego Museums – Love and learn on this unique Valentine’s Day date idea in San Diego. Choose from over 40 museums across the city that are half-price during San Diego Museum Month. Take turns interpreting pieces and picking your favorites.
  • Painting Party – Grab a canvas, brushes and paint and head to the top of a scenic outlook like Torrey Pines, Cabrillo Monument, Mount Soledad, or the top of Paradise Point’s Mission Bay observation tower. Make masterpieces depicting the landscape or each other, exchanging at the end as gifts.

The Foodie:

  • Couples’ Cooking Class – Stir up some romance with the intimate cooking class "Chemistry in the Kitchen", led by Chef James Ausem. This unique Valentine’s Day idea in San Diego is sure to stimulate your date’s senses, with hands-on instruction and romance-inducing ingredients.
  • Brewery Tour - Sit and talk as you sip and savor some of San Diego’s locally crafted beers during a brewery tour. Sample award-winning ales, meet the brewers, and learn the process behind this thriving culture.

The Hopeless Romantic:

  • Horse-Drawn Carriage – This unique Valentine’s Day idea is sure to make your date swoon! Celebrate San Diego’s beauty with a ride in a romantic horse-drawn carriage along the San Diego Bay or through Balboa Park.
  • Spa Day - While an R&R-based rendezvous isn’t an entirely unique Valentine’s Day idea, picking a San Diego spa catered to couples can make it memorable. The Spa at Paradise Point, named a top spa by Condé Nast Traveler, offers wooden soaking tubs for two, a private garden courtyard with a hot tub, an intimate couples’ bungalow for services, and a selection of side-by-side treatments – not just massages.
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