Planning a Romantic Getaway in San Diego

The most romantic day of the year is fast approaching — and with it, an opportunity to plan a passion-packed getaway for you and that special someone who makes your heart flutter. Thankfully, San Diego is brimming with amorous Valentine’s Day activities certain to charm both of you. From sunset beach walks to enchanting eateries to exciting couples’ adventures, there’s no end of ways to enjoy a starry-eyed sojourn through “America’s Finest City.” Here are some great ideas for planning a romantic getaway in San Diego.     

Bask in the Sunset

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There’s little that’s more cozy than holding hands while watching the sun slip below the horizon. And while the West Coast is home to some of the world’s most spectacular sunsets, San Diego’s are particularly picturesque. Several spots around the metro offer prime opportunities to drink in the dreamy dusk. If you’re not sure where to get started, check out this handy guide to the best area sunset spots from the team at our sister hotel, Pacific Terrace.    


Perfect Patio Date Night

California’s notorious marine layer may make many of San Diego’s daybreaks a bit cool, but it typically burns off by late morning. Once evening rolls around, the night sky always makes for prime stargazing. Join us at the Bayside Bar at Holiday Inn to lounge on our comfy beach-style chairs, count constellations, and sip cool cocktails under the stars. Our cozy firepits and gentle lighting help establish a laid-back ambience perfect for taking it easy.


Grab a Bite

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San Diego’s world-renowned status as a foodie town is well deserved. No matter what you’re in the mood for, our culinary culture, melting-pot mix of influences, and proximity to an unending stream of fresh local ingredients means you can’t go wrong when choosing a spot. Still, we’d be remiss if we didn’t offer up some suggestions for our favorite area eateries, each of which is ideally suited for a romantic dinner for two.


Picnic on the Beach


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There’s little that’s more enjoyable than an intimate beach picnic. Light bites, a little wine, some candles, toes in the sand — just the thought of it brings a smile. If you’d like to plan a warm beach-bound alfresco adventure for you and a loved one, then reach out to the experts at Hidden Picnics. They specialize in creating outdoor dining experiences that impress and inspire, with waterfront dining being a particular area of focus. Bon appétit! 


Take a Paddleboard Trek for Two


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Paddleboarding is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the ocean in San Diego, and it’s an especially fun way for couples to spend some quality time together while both getting some exercise and drinking in amazing views. Our friends at Disco’s Paddle Surf are always ready to help with lessons, rentals, and even planning sightseeing treks around the bay. So suit up, grab your paddle, and embark on an adventure you’ll never forget!


Sample Some Local Flavor 

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Eppig Brewery — our favorite local beer hall — offers both a full food menu, as well as a deep range of incredible local beers brewed right on site. They also have a fantastic waterfront biergarten in the classic European tradition, with an upbeat atmosphere and lots of good cheer. The outdoor seating is a great place to drink in the sunset and warm sea breezes right along with your favorite beer. Best of all, it’s just steps away. 


A Cozy Couples’ Stay

On the hunt for exceptional accommodations for you and your partner? You’ll want to take a look at our SPECIAL OFFERS to select the travel deal that’s right for you. Let’s feel the love this Valentine’s Day!