San Diego, California, lies along the Pacific coast, where couples can enjoy romantic getaways on the water and throughout the city. Cultural attractions, including the world-famous San Diego Zoo, offer a rich range of fun things to do. With these strategies, you and someone special can enjoy a romantic trip to San Diego.
Get Out on the Water
Find romance and tranquility on the Pacific along the western coast of San Diego. Take a gondola ride around Coronado Island while enjoying a glass of wine, or if you're feeling adventurous, try kayaking along the coast or the still waters of Mission Bay. For a romantic evening, several cruise ships that dock along the bay offer cocktails, dancing and dinner.
Downtown---Where All the Lights Are Bright
Enjoy the nightly fireworks display during the summer months over the bay, where many shoreline restaurants overlook the water. Moving a few blocks inland, take a stroll through downtown San Diego and Balboa Park, where couples can also explore 15 different museums dedicated to folk art, photography, natural history, Renaissance and classical art, railroads, and the humanities. Museums enrich the experience of being alive---and in love. Museum row is known as the Prado, situated along a pedestrian mall. Enjoy the scene by foot or hail a cabbie and his horse-drawn carriage for a romantic tour of the downtown district.
Tour Old Town
Old Town San Diego, the site of California's first permanent Spanish settlement built in 1769, is considered the birthplace of the state. Stroll or bicycle along the streets and visit some of the historic buildings. Old Town is also home to numerous world-class art galleries and unusual gift shops. The dining scene is eclectic in Old Town, with a cuisine to suit most every taste.
Dusk at Sunset Cliffs
Sunset Cliffs, overlooking the Pacific, can be found on the southern edge of San Diego. The natural area features nearly 70 acres of cliffs and walking trails over the beaches far below. Bring a well-stocked picnic basket with wine and enjoy the sunset, but be careful on the slippery sandstone rock formations.