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San Diego’s Top 6 Places for Romance

It’s safe to say San Diego is one of the most romantic cities in Southern California. Couples young and old can take a stroll through a botanical garden in Balboa Park, visit the many eclectic shops in the Gaslamp District, and enjoy a candlelit dinner at a Spanish tapas restaurant, all on the same day. Vacationing couples who are staying at one of our welcoming San Diego hotels should check out this list of six of the most romantic spots in San Diego.

1. La Jolla Cove

Considered one of the most beloved beaches in San Diego by locals and tourists alike, La Jolla Cove is a deepwater bay that resides within a dreamy seaside community. Couples can head over to this breathtaking picturesque cove to watch sea lions or explore the many sea caves nearby. Visitors can also have an intimate meal while watching the waves go by at restaurants such as Duke’s and George’s at the Cove.

2. Japanese Friendship Garden

Known as a token of friendship between San Diego and its sister city, Yokohama, the Japanese Friendship Garden is a gorgeous botanical garden located in Balboa Park. Peaceful and serene, this 12-acre traditional Japanese garden is the perfect locale for a date outdoors. Lovers can take in the garden’s beauty as they leisurely walk by its many koi ponds and bonsai trees. The botanical garden also has a terrific collection of Japanese artifacts.

3. South Bay Drive-In Theatre

Drive-in theaters aren’t only a great form of entertainment, but they’re also an excellent way for sweethearts to bond over their love of films. Opened in 1958, the South Bay Drive-In Theatre screens double features and newly released movies for guests at an affordable price. With its upgraded digital projectors and clear radio reception, this nautical-themed drive-in will certainly impress film buffs and their dates.

4. The Coronado Cays

Thanks to The Gondola Company, couples don’t have to travel to Italy to enjoy a romantic gondola ride. Instead, they can take a trip in San Diego. For 50 glorious minutes, couples can take a private gondola ride along the Coronado Cays. Guests can even upgrade their experience by partaking in delicious delights, such as wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and truffles.

5. Cafe Sevilla

Cafe Sevilla is an authentic Spanish restaurant located in the historic Gaslamp District. Established in 1987 by owners Rogelio and Janet Huidobro, the friendly staff at Cafe Sevilla provide their guests with great food, music, and old-world Spanish charm. Offering more than 30 small seafood and meat dishes (also known as tapas), this restaurant is an excellent spot for romantic companions to share a plate of food.

6. Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream

The winner of San Diego Magazine’s Best Restaurant award for three years in a row, Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream is the perfect place to spend time with your special someone. With more than 300 premium ice cream flavors to choose from, couples can purchase a cone of salted caramel ice cream or share a pint of creamy blueberry cheesecake. Hammond’s has two locations in San Diego.

The romance doesn’t have to end after you’ve visited San Diego’s best romantic spots. Head back to the comfort of your room at Sunrise Inn San Diego, one of the most affordable hotels near downtown San Diego, to keep the evening going. Our relaxing, inviting guestrooms feature plenty of space and contemporary décor, and our suites have balconies with spectacular views of the harbor. Make your reservation today by calling (619) 223-5544.