Seaside locales. Cloudless skies. Gorgeous views that go on for days.
Not even Cupid can deny it – San Diego is one of the most alluring and stunning cities in the country. Its beauty makes it ripe for love and for your most romantic moments yet.
To help you start planning for your Valentine’s Day rendezvous in San Diego (you are coming to San Diego, right?!), our staff has narrowed down our favorite romantic places to kiss in our stunning city:
Ahhh…the sun-splashed cliffs and Mediterranean vibe of La Jolla is the closest we have to the French Riviera. Locals love having picnics and watching sunsets from Scripps Park, a grassy bluff that overlooks the La Jolla Cove. At night, people quietly pair off to enjoy the sunset and calm ocean together.
At the top of Mount Soledad, a mountain rising 822 feet rising above sea level, in a quiet residential neighborhood of La Jolla, is a flat grassy area prime for looking at panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, downtown San Diego, Mexico, Coronado and mountain ranges in the east.
Even though San Diego is blessed with perennial sunshine, the shores of Mission Bay are usually deserted during the winter. Grab a cozy sweater, nab a beach fire ring, along with firewood for burning and all the ingredients to make smores.
While not close to the water, the golden rays of the sunset when it hits the Spanish Renaissance buildings in the park give off a magic all their own. Our favorite romantic spots are Alcazar Garden next to the Mingei Museum and at the popular Lily Pond in front of the Botanical Building.
One of the most astounding views of downtown San Diego is from across the bay, at the Coronado Ferry Landing. Take a seat just outside of Peohe’s restaurant, where there’s often a live jazz artist playing. Or, walk just a little further north on the shore to Centennial Park where there are benches and quiet grassy knolls to relax on.
San Diego’s rooftop and top-floor restaurants and bars ooze romance. Check out the Top of the Hyatt, Altitude atop the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, Bertrand at Mister A’s, and, of course, Little Italy’s own rooftop patio bar at Kettner Exchange.
At the edge of Seaport Village in downtown San Diego, you’ll find a park that juts out into San Diego Bay with green, grassy knolls perfect for lounging and cuddling with your favorite person.
This national monument sits high above where San Diego Bay meets the Pacific Ocean at the tip of Point Loma. From here, you’ll be able to see well beyond downtown San Diego, northern San Diego, and of course the endless reaches of the Pacific Ocean. One thing to be mindful of: Because this is a national park it closes at 4pm (read: this is not a place to watch the sunset).
What’s your favorite San Diego spot to steal a kiss? Let us know in the comments below!