Valentine’s Day Ideas – Best Places to Kiss in San Diego

Great places to kiss in San Diego on Valentine's Day

Shalalala, my oh my, go on and kiss the girl!

February is for sweethearts. But where’s the most romantic spot in San Diego for sharing a smooch on Valentine’s Day? Ask five locals and get five different answers. We’d love to hear about your favorite place for romancing…

In the meantime, here are a few of our favorites:

Balboa Park

Stroll Balboa Park in late afternoon as the sun casts golden light onto the Prado. Share your kiss on a winding path in Palm Canyon, a 2-acre tropical garden that’s a hidden gem for lovers.

Coronado Cays

Snuggle up under a warm blanket during a romantic gondola ride through the canals of Coronado Cays. It may not be Venice, but the Gondola Company manages to provide a passport to old world magic.

Cabrillio National Monument

Find the bunker just beyond the lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument. The view is breathtaking. It’s easy here to imagine yourself part of that iconic scene on the bow of the Titanic – just lean into your Valentine.

Mission Bay

Rose Marie Starns South Shores Park on Mission Bay is deserted in winter. Build a bonfire in a beach fire ring and cozy up. Move in for your kiss just at the right moment: as fireworks erupt at SeaWorld San Diego. Your date will definitely be impressed.


Become Prince Charming (or his one true love) during a horse-drawn carriage ride along the Embarcadero. Cinderella-Carriage Co. provides the transportation. You provide the fairytale kisses.

Rooftop Views

San Diego has dozens of romantic dining rooms and rooftop bars that ooze romance. La Jolla’s Marine Room, Bertrand at Mister A’s, the Top of the Hyatt are classics. At Point Loma’s Old Venice, ask for a table under the twinkle lights on the back patio. Or reserve a table for two on the bayfront patio at Coronado’s Il Fornaio; oogle the city skyline – when you’re not oogling each other.

At the Drive-In

For a blast from the past, head to a Drive-in movie. San Diego has three: the South Bay Drive-in, the Santee Drive-in and the new ’50s-retro Full Moon Drive-in in Pacific Beach. Bucket seats make canoodling a greater challenge than it used to be – so improvise.

La Jolla (Of Course)

Last, but definitely not least: The grassy bluff overlooking the surf at Coast Boulevard Park in La Jolla (just south of the backside of the Museum of Contemporary Art). Embrace the salty scent of the sea – and each other. This spot is especially close to my heart because it’s where my husband proposed all those years ago – and where we go year round to replay the moment.

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About Alison

I’m a junkie. Addicted to travel. Logged 15 years as Travel Editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune – a labor of love. But always appreciate coming home to my favorite city: San Diego. My newest labor of love is an app – San Diego Essential Guide – a tool that lets me share with other travelers what I love most about my hometown.

How would you describe your ideal San Diego Day?

I’d meet girlfriends at South Mission for a low-tide walk along the ocean front to Pacific Beach. Before heading back, we’d hit a boardwalk restaurant for an eggs Benedict breakfast.  We’d spend the afternoon at La Jolla Shores with our boogie boards – sun and fun in 72-degree-plus waves.  I’d meet my husband for a sunset picnic on a grassy oceanfront bluff at Coast Boulevard Park. We’d end up at Humphreys Backstage Live on Shelter Island, dancing the night away.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

Can’t think of anyplace I wouldn’t want to be seen in San Diego – except maybe Lindbergh Field, if it would help me speed through security and avoid the body scanner.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguini and red wine?

Dad was a commercial fisherman, so I’m spoiled. Give me barely seared ahi, fresh crab or a fish taco.

What’s your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Fishing – it’s in my blood. But I’m happy doing anything where I can smell saltwater: paragliding from Torrey Pines, kayaking the La Jolla Ecological Reserve, riding my boogie board, picnicking on the beach, chillin’ at a Summer Pops concert.

Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player?

I’m downloading more apps than music these days. My iPod is full of funky Old School stuff – the best of MJ, Gap Band, Gnarls Barkley, Cameo, Hammer and lots of old Motown sounds: Temptations, Four Tops, The Miracles.

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