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Top 6 San Diego Spots for a Romantic Valentine’s Day


San Diego is one of the most romantic places to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one. With an average of 300 sunny days per year and gorgeous sunsets over the jagged cliffs by the sea, it’s no wonder this year-round travel destination is a favorite of romantics at heart. Reserve a room now at one of the most comfortable hotels in San Diego and get ready to celebrate your love in America’s Finest City. With world-class dining and breathtaking sights, San Diego will inspire you to fall in love all over again.

1. Little Italy

Take in the aromas of fresh-cut pasta, simmering homemade marinara, and fresh bread baked in idyllic little cafés in San Diego’s Little Italy. Enjoy a marked one-mile walking path through the neighborhood that doesn’t go through any major intersections—allowing more time to gaze into your loved one’s eyes. Check out the twinkling red lights the neighborhood displays for Valentine’s Day.

2. Japanese Friendship Garden

Enjoy the views at the Japanese Friendship Garden located in Balboa Park. Meandering paths, flowing waterfalls, and fragrant blooms greet you with their serenity and wonder. After a relaxing stroll among the flowers, take some time to explore the seventeen museums and other attractions Balboa Park offers.

3. La Jolla Cove

Gaze at the breathtaking California coastline as you watch the seals and sea lions enjoy a lazy day in the sun. If you’re bird-watchers, enjoy the glimpses of pelicans looking for a meal and keeping watch over the sea. Kayaking and snorkeling are popular here due to the calm water and the variety of marine life. If you visit early, you’ll likely have the beach to yourselves, thus making this spot a perfect choice to be alone.

4. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is home to a beautiful three-mile hike along the shoreline. The amazing cliff formations and coastal arches make even the most reluctant hikers sigh in delight. Celebrate the end of your rewarding hike by watching the sunset. It will be an awe-inspiring experience you can share.

5. Shell Beach

Walk hand in hand while taking in the sights on this romantic hidden beach. Named for its variety of beautiful shells to discover, this little patch of heaven in San Diego will be a cherished memory from your romantic day. Write your names in the sand with seashells for the ultimate Valentine’s Day photo.

6. Liberty Public Market 

This marketplace in Liberty Station is open daily and features more than two dozen artisans as well as a wide variety of culinary creations, produce, meats, seafood, and cheeses. Don’t overlook the selection of delicious local beers. You’ll find everything you need to create your own memorable picnic meal, or you can hop from booth to booth, tasting everything from crepes to crispy hot chicken.

The romance doesn’t have to end after your Valentine’s Day on the town. 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 special day going. Our relaxing, inviting guestrooms feature plenty of space and contemporary décor, and our suites have balconies that offer amazing romantic harbor views. Make your reservation today by calling (619) 223-5544.