Valentine’s Day is all about romance, and San Diego boasts some of the most romantic spots anywhere. Here are Times of San Diego‘s picks for the 10 best places for a romantic kiss on Cupid’s day this Sunday.
1. Under the Coronado Bay Bridge
Navy sailors know they’re home from a long deployment when their ship passes under the landmark Coronado Bay Bridge. You can get there on a Hornblower yacht, with sailings throughout the day as well as a three-hour dinner cruise on Valentine’s Day.
2. Ellen Browning Scripps Park in La Jolla
This park at the cove is the jewel in La Jolla. You can stroll along the ocean, watch the seals and toast sunset over the Pacific. Afterward, sample one of the region’s top dining options in the village above.
3. Historic Hotel del Coronado
San Diego’s most famous hotel was where Wallis Simpson met King Edward VIII and altered history. It was also the backdrop for Marilyn Monroe’s movie “Some Like it Hot.” You can stroll around the grounds, walk on the beach and try one of the numerous bars and restaurants in the sprawling, historic structure.
4. Guy Fleming Trail in Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve
This one-mile trail with two lookout points is perfect for a Valentine’s Day kiss. On most days you can see all the way from La Jolla to the Orange County coast, with maybe a whale or two in the distance.
5. A Gondola Ride Through Coronado Cays
The enchanting canals of Coronado Cays can seem a lot like Venice when you’re riding in a gondola. The Gondola Company offers 50-minute rides with blankets and ice buckets provided.
6. Alcazar Garden in Balboa Park
San Diego’s signature Balboa Park is full of romantic spots, but the peaceful Alcazar Garden may be the best. Modeled on Moorish gardens in Seville, this quite corner takes you back centuries in Spanish history.
7. Orfila Vineyards & Winery in The San Pasqual Valley
Sample Rhone-style wine amid views of the picturesque San Pasqual Valley on a 70-acre estate just 30 minutes from downtown San Diego.
8. Mt. Helix Park in East County
This park atop one of San Diego’s unique geographical features offers peace, serenity and amazing views. It’s a short drive from La Mesa or El Cajon.
9. Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Escondido
This amazing sculpture garden by French artist and long-time San Diego resident Niki de Saint Phalle has just gone through a major renovation. You can stroll among mythical creatures made of shimmering glass tiles. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, so consider this an early Valentine’s Day option.
10. San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas
That’s Valentine’s Day kiss can take place amid almost any natural setting, from Australia to the Canary Islands, and from desert to rain forest, at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. The garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Cupid’s day.
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