A Romantic Getaway in San Diego This Love Month Without Breaking the Bank

January 20, 2023

February is coming! Before everything gets booked for this season of Love, start planning on how you’ll spend it with your special someone as early as now.

While making sure your trip goes great is daunting, there is no need to fret. You can celebrate love and romance with a romantic getaway in San Diego without breaking the bank. You don’t have to spend so much to make your trip special. It’s the thought and memories that you create that counts. You just need proper planning!

Taka advantage of Valentine’s Day specials and free things to do in the area. Go on picnics instead of dining out. And try to stick to your itinerary to avoid unexpected expenses. 

A Trip to Point Loma, San Diego

Point Loma is a great valentine’s destination if you’re looking for a nice getaway from the city without spending too much. This coastal area in San Diego, California offers a variety of affordable lodging options, from vacation rentals to budget-friendly hotels. 

The town also offers a wide range of dining options for all budgets. From casual seafood spots to upscale restaurants, you can eat well without burning a hole in your pocket.

The real beauty of Point Loma though is in its activities. They make great date ideas in San Diego, and they’re cheap if not free. Visit the historic Cabrillo National Monument and enjoy the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the San Diego skyline or just hang out at Liberty Station. 

Start planning your romantic getaway in San Diego now and make everlasting memories with your loved one. Here’s a 3-day itinerary to help make your Valentine’s celebration in Point Loma an experience to remember:


The Sunrise Inn is the best place to start your adventure. Book a stay with us and we’ll provide you with comfortable, cozy rooms—ideal for quality time spent with your partner. The rooms feature amenities such as free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and air conditioning. Some rooms also have kitchenettes, which can be a great option if you’re looking to save money by dining in.

Day 1 of your romantic getaway in San Diego is all about a mellow arrival in Point Loma and enjoying the stunning sunset and picnic at the Cabrillo National Monument

So after you’ve settled into your room and freshened up, pick up some sandwiches and snacks from the Surfside Deli then head on over to the Cabrillo National Monument. Save on fuel and leave your car. It’s around 17-20 minutes of commute to get there by bus, and has a $10 fee per person if you’re walking in. 

This historic site offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the San Diego skyline. It’s a perfect spot to relax and catch the sunset. You start your visit at the Visitor Center then walk a bit to check out the exhibits at the Old Point Loma Lighthouse and the Assistant Keeper’s Quarters.

There is also a two-mile walk through a coastal sage scrub forest that you can trek just near the lighthouse and a vantage point a bit south called Whale Overlook, where you might be able to see some whales especially in February. You can find a nice spot here for your mini picnic while marveling at the sunset and admiring nature.

After your excursion, head back to the Sunrise Inn to get some rest and gear up for the next two days. The hotel’s convenient location puts you right in the center of Point Loma, so it is easy to explore other popular attractions and activities during your stay.

If you get started now and book early, you can take advantage of Sunrise Inn’s early bird deal and enjoy 20% off your stay when booking more than 30 days in advance. Plan your ideal vacation today!


Fuel up for your day of romantic adventures at Point Break Cafe for a pancake breakfast. The  pancakes are tasty, you can’t go wrong here. 

Your second day starts with a trip to Liberty Station. Home to dozens of restaurants, shops, art galleries, and museums, this waterfront hangout is popular to both tourists and visitors alike. Read this complete guide on Liberty Station for more information about the area. 

In the afternoon, take a quiet stroll through Balboa Park. This 1200-acre park has lush gardens, many walking paths, Spanish Colonial architecture, public artwork, statues, and a rich history that is free for all to experience. You have to purchase tickets for the museums, performance venues, special events, classes, and tours, though or get an explorer pass.

Head back to the Sunrise Inn after to freshen up and grab a quick bite. There are many nearby budget-friendly dining options in Point Loma that can suit any appetite. For a casual and delicious meal with reasonable price, consider La Barca Authentic Mexican Seafood & Craft Cocktails in Point Loma, just 10 minutes from Sunrise Inn. 


For the final day of your romantic Valentine’s adventure in Point Loma, voyage through the Pacific Ocean for an odyssey that’s truly memorable.  A cheaper option is Hornblower Cruises & Events’s two-hour harbor cruise for $40 or splurge a little and go on a winter whale watching tour with Next Level Sailing for $80 (it’s peak season from January to March). 


End your getaway exploring Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park in San Diego offers a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy including hiking, swimming, fishing, and picnicking. The park features over 68 acres of coastal bluffs, cliffs, and beach coves. Visitors can explore a network of trails that wind through the park offering stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the San Diego coastline and the opportunity to explore the local flora and fauna. The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including sea birds, seals and sea lions, and even whales during certain times of the year.



You don’t have to go far and you can plan a budget friendly Valentine’s in San Diego. Point Loma offers plenty of affordable options for lodging, dining, and activities, so you can create an unforgettable holidate with your partner without breaking the bank. 

Book your room at Sunrise Inn today!

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