If San Diego will be the setting for a romantic get away for the two of you this Valentine’s Day, here are some great ideas to help make it one of your most romantic Valentine’s Day ever:
#1 Go on a hot air balloon ride
Make this a Valentine’s Day your sweetheart will never forget. Fly near the Pacific coast and over some of the most elaborate and luxurious neighborhoods in San Diego, or over the Temecula Wine Country. Sip champagne while enjoying the spectacular views from this unique venue. The tours range in length from 45 minutes to one hour, 15 minutes. Prices range from $158-$188 per person, depending on where you choose to enjoy your flight. A Valentine’s Day gift is included. Add a wine tasting or bed and breakfast experience after your flight and make this Valentine’s day even more memorable.
#2 Tour San Diego Bay aboard a yacht.
Cruise #1-Valentine’s Day Champagne Brunch Cruise
Start off your Valentine’s Day with a champagne brunch aboard the romantically decorated Hornblower yacht. A lavish brunch buffet with free-flowing champagne can be enjoyed by you and your sweetheart at your own private table (or on the outer decks) as you cruise beautiful San Diego Bay. The price is $59.95 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations must be made in advance. The boarding time is 10:30 am and the cruise is from 11 am-1pm.
Cruise #2-Cupid’s Dinner Cruise with a DJ on the Hornblower
San Diego Bay is the backdrop for a romance on Valentine’s Day aboard the decorated Hornblower dining yacht. A champagne greeting with an elegant four-course seated dinner, dancing, and a DJ are included on this 3-hour cruise around beautiful San Diego Bay. Board time is 6:30 pm and the cruise is from 7-10 pm. Price is $159 per person, which includes gratuity (not tax). Reservations must be made in advance.
#3 Dine with Shamu at SeaWorld.
Enjoy a romantic meal prepared by award-winning chefs at your own candle-lit table as you and your Valentine are entertained by an up close and personal killer whale performance. The 4-course dinner includes beer, wine, a champagne toast, and a commemorative photo of the two of you. The price is $250 + tax per couple, but Silver, Gold and Platinum members receive a 10% discount. 1st seating: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm; 2nd seating: 8:30 pm-10:30 pm. Reservations are required.
#4 Take a romantic gondola ride.
How about enjoying the experience of a romantic Italian-style gondola ride in San Diego? You can enjoy the sunset and your own private gondola as you ride through the canals and the waterways of the Coronado Cays. A choice of a complimentary appetizer or dessert is included. Valentine’s packages range in price from $25 per person with other guests, to $99 per couple for private gondola rides. Add a musician for $85 more and you are sure to make this an unforgettable Valentine’s Day. Reservations are required.
#5 Go whale-watching.
Whale watching season in San Diego is December 26 through the end of March. Take advantage of the season by going on an unforgettable 3 ½ hour narrated whale-watching tour with your Valentine. Tours depart twice daily at 9:45 am and 1:30 pm (boarding 30 minutes prior). Prices on Saturday and Sunday are $35 per adult, $30 per seniors (55+) and $15 for children (4-12). Reservations are strongly recommended.
#6 Go to the symphony.
A special evening for music lovers can be had at Copley Symphony Hall where, “Valentine’s Day at the Pops: A Winter Pops Special Event” will be held under Maestro Garbutt. Date: Sat., Feb. 14, 2009 at 8 pm. Ticket prices are $20-$85 and all ages are welcome.
#7 Take a carriage ride, Cinderella-style.
It’s a fairy-tale come true when you take a romantic tour of downtown San Diego in your very own horse drawn carriage. Prices vary depending on the tour selected (starting at $35 for a 10-minute ride), but reservations are required.
#8 Go on a sunset kayak or bike tour.
La Jolla Sunset Kayak Tour:
What better way to enjoy sunset views than on a calm ocean water kayak ride in La Jolla. You will observe marine life, explore caves, and watch the sunset during this unique experience. Prices are $75 for double kayaks and $45 for singles. The tour is 2 hours long and reservations are required.
San Diego Bike Tour: Downtown at Sunset
You will start this bike tour at Balboa Park and ride through downtown, and to the waterfront and marina to view the sunset and attractions along the harbor. The tour will continue on through the Gaslamp District, and other points of interest to culminate in an 8-mile long, scenic ride. Prices are $35 per person and the tour is 1 1/2-2 hours long. Other bike tours are also available.
#9 Have a romantic picnic at the Cabrillo National Monument and the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.
Start your day by visiting the Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma. This monument honors the first European to step foot on the Western United States-Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. Then, take a self-guided tour of the Old Point Loma lighthouse and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery in the process. You and your Valentine can hike the nearby two mile trail while experiencing the breathtaking views of the ocean and exploring the tide pools. Be sure to pack a romantic picnic lunch and try to catch a glimpse of the Pacific Gray Whales as they are in the process of migrating this time of year. Price to enter is $5.00 per vehicle, $3.00 for walk-ins, motorcycles or bikes. Open daily, 9 am to 5 pm.
#10 Visit La Jolla Cove at the beach.
Spend the day walking the beach at La Jolla Cove, visiting the tide pools, swimming, snorkeling, sun bathing (yes, the temperature is currently in the 70’s in the dead of winter in San Diego!) hiking, and picnicking as you take in the breathtaking views right up until sunset. Later, have a romantic dinner at one of the many fine restaurants found along the popular Prospect Street, or within the vicinity. Be advised that free on-street parking near the cove is limited and may be difficult to find, but there is no time limit on weekends. However, paid parking is available a short walk away in downtown La Jolla.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Catholic Encyclopedia: “St. Valentine”.