Located on California’s southern coast, San Diego is nestled next to the ocean which not only grants it great weather but plenty of sight-seeing opportunities. Apart from this San Diego’s busy commercial tag means that here you are never at a loss of things to see, do and enjoy when planning a date. Here are some great date ideas in San Diego ranging from nature to music and culture.
Head for the Beach
With its seaside location, San Diego boasts of numerous beaches where you can do practically anything from swimming and surfing to shopping and dining or simply lazying about on the sands. Indeed San Diego has 70 miles of beaches waiting to be explored. If you are planning a relaxed daytime date, there is hardly anything more romantic than lounging in the sun together and helping to rub suntan on your partner. On the other hand if it seems a shame not to take advantage of the waves, you can go swimming or surfing. The more active couples can also get a fair share of action on the sand with options ranging from cycling to rollerblading on the beach. If you are looking forward to an evening date, you can simply watch the sun go down on the waves at any of the less frequented beaches like the Black Beach. On the other hand if you like to be in the thick of action, there are plenty of trendy shopping and dining spots all along popular beaches like the Mission Beach. Finally you can watch the fireworks from Sea World while enjoying an intimate bonfire at a beach. If you have ample resources, you can take your date exclusive beaches of luxury hotels like the L'Auberge Del Mar, the Tower23, the Loews Coronado Bay Resort or the Coronado which is perhaps the most favorite beach destination among the jet-setters of the city.
This bustling park in the heart of downtown San Diego is one of the most popular dating venues in the city. The reason being the sheer number of activities that you and your partner can indulge in over here. You can whisper sweet nothings to each other while sitting near a sparking fountain in the park or take a horse-drawn carriage drive through the park and feel like lovers of yore. Apart from these, couples can also hire bikes and set off on their own private exploration of the park or simply stroll through the arbors and scented flower beds, hand-in-hand.
Even if you are culturally-inclined, Balboa Park offers you idea dating opportunities. There are at least fifteen different museums featuring everything from anthropology to automobiles to art. The park also hosts Concerts, musical shows and cultural events on a regular basis and if your partner likes that sort of thing, you can enquire ahead of the events planned in the park and plan an amusing evening date around it.
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is one of the largest in the world, not only in terms of the number of animals it houses but also according to the number of visitors each day. If you are looking for a casual daytime date idea, then a visit to the zoo can be a fantastic experience. Here you can either make bookings for a guided zoo tour which also includes feeding of animals, take the Skyfari which offers an amazing aerial view of the entire zoo or simply go your own way, looking at the animals, chatting about them and in general having a whole lot of fun. And when you are tired you can chill out with a soda or grab a bite at any of the lovely cafés or even the full-service restaurants within the zoo premises.
Go for a Cruise
In San Diego, one of the best ways to romance is on the seas. There are several cruise providers in the city with whom you can book for any kind of cruise you want. It could be a luxury dinner cruise with cocktails and five star service, a brunch cruise with champagne, a party cruise with like music, dancing and live entertainment or specially-organized cruises according to themes like whale-watching and coast sight-seeing. If you would like to plan a date on a more intimate scale, you can look for boat tours which take smaller groups or best of all, a gondola ride through the Coronado Islands which is perfect for a romantic date.
Go on a biking/hiking tour
Take advantage of sunny weather and head for an outdoor date with your partner on your bikes. Bike rentals can be found all over San Diego and some of the most popular routes are biking are along the coast, on Coronado Island, and around Mission Bay. You can either join an organized biking tour or rent a bike and venture out on your own. For an added element of romantic adventure hike your way to the famous Cedar Falls through the hills of eastern San Diego. The best time to hike to Cedar Falls is during the spring when the falls will be at their peak and wildflowers are blooming. There is a swimming hole at the bottom of the falls where you can enjoy a swim too.
Take in the good life
The premier entertainment district in San Diego is the Gaslamp Quarter located downtown; this is actually a 16.5-blok historic district, around Fourth and Fifth Avenues where grand Victorian-era buildings are home to more than 100 of the city's finest restaurants, 35 pubs and nightclubs and 100 retails shops as well as theaters, art galleries and even work/home lofts. Some of the hippest nightclubs in this area where you can take your date are the Stingaree with its three storied, floor-to-ceiling waterfalls and translucent floating staircases leading to a rooftop bar retreat, Thin with its Cadillac margaritas and futuristic setting, Side-Bar with its sophisticated and lounge atmosphere as well as Field Authentic Irish Pub & Restaurant where you can treat your date to traditional Irish music, imported draft beer, Irish whiskeys and an realistic Irish setting. The Andaz San Diego in the heart of Gaslamp quarter is one of the most fashionable destinations because of Its Ivy League nightclubs, Ivy rooftop, and Ivy wine bar which have something to offer for every discerning taste. Then again there is the exclusive restaurant Nobu in the Hard Rock Hotel which is as famous for its culinary offerings as the ideal place to be seen dining at.