Valentine’s Day at The Abbey on Fifth Avenue.

Valentine’s Day is little more than a week away, but there’s still time to plan a romantic celebration in San Diego.

That’s because San Diego is one of the most romantic places year round. In fact, WalletHub ranks San Diego second only to San Francisco as a romantic yet affordable location for celebrating Valentine’s Day.

So here are Times of San Diego’s ten picks for this year’s Valentine’s Day:

Dinner and Jazz in Hillcrest — Cool jazz, cold champagne and good food can make for the most romantic of evenings. The Abbey on Fifth has lined up David Patrone to play while guests sip bubbly and taste appetizers and deserts. Packages are available at $55 and $75.

Sunset in La Jolla — Wine and pizza can be very romantic when the sun is setting over the Pacific Ocean. Catania in La Jolla offers coastal Italian cuisine (try their wood fired pizza) in a rooftop setting.

Cruise San Diego Bay — The big bay is a magnet for visitors, so why not for locals? Flagship Cruises is scheduling a Valentine’s Day dinner cruise with champagne, a three-course dinner, music, dancing and, of course, romantic views.

The Butterfield Room at La Casa Del Zorro.

Visit the Desert in Winter — It’s a bit of a drive, but the desert is beautiful in the winter, and the classic, four-star La Casa Del Zorro resort in Borrego Springs is serving dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. The five-course wine-pairing dinner is $90.

Chocolate and Bay Stroll in Liberty Station — For a sweet, impromptu celebration, visit the Chi Chocolat artisan chocolatier for a package of gourmet chocolates. You and your sweetheart can enjoy them while strolling along San Diego Bay. Not a chocolate lover? Try Crafted Baked Goods at the Liberty Public Market.

A Little Prohibition-Era Nostalgia — Journey to legendary 1920s Cuba for a retro Valentine’s Day. Havana 1920 in the Gaslamp is offering a three-course dinner for $38.

Elegant Wine Dinner in Little Italy — The popular wine bar Enoteca Style on India Street offers a wide choice of wines in a quiet, elegant setting. It’s open until 10 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate Pancakes for Valentine’s Day Breakfast — Wake up to a breakfast of dark chocolate pancakes at the landmark Cafe 222 in downtown San Diego. The special menu features three dark chocolate pancakes drizzled with cream cheese frosting, chocolate sauce and topped with fresh strawberries. The cafe opens at 7 a.m.

Oceanside Ferris Wheel

Ride a Ferris Wheel & Picnic on The Beach — If you’d like to celebrate Valentine’s Day early, consider riding the Ferris wheel at the Oceanside Pier. The wheel is operating Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Then go for a picnic on the beach.

Call The Caterer and Celebrate at Home — Sometimes there’s no place like home. Celebrate there with a catered dinner from Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering. You can choose from a wide variety of authentic cuisines with appetizers, entrees and exclusive desserts.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.