Romantic Date ideas

Still trying to figure out what to do for Valentines Day?

Here’s a list of the top 10 most romantic San Diego date ideas in no particular order

Photo: Beach Shoot San Diego (Daniel Woods)

1) Take a Kayak ride in a tandem kayak to the Sea Caves in La Jolla. See the amazing diversity of ocean life first-hand from dolphins, to tiger shark (they only eat plants!) to the amazing sea lions perched lazily on the nearby rocks.

2) Dive-in Theater: Watch a movie poolside at this boutique hotel. 2/15: The Notebook (2004 / 123 minutes)

3) Cinepolis Luxury Movie Theater- Enjoy your beer or wine right from your movie theater seat and enjoy personal service from the waiter who come right to you.

4) Dinner Cruises

5) Horseback riding

6) Ice-skating

7) Rent a bike, roller blades or skateboards around Coronado or Mission Beach

8) Rent a boat and cruise the bay. You only need your drivers license to rent!

9) Enjoy beautiful Mission Bay via the Bahia Belle Sternwheeler boat.

10) Have a bonfire at Moonlight beach

Romantic Date Places in San Diego

It’s Valentines Day tomorrow! Still looking for ideas for your Valentines date? Here’s a list of the top 12 most romantic places to visit in San Diego in no particular order:

#1 Coronado… by Gondola boat: The beautiful Italian style gondola rides take you through the canals of Coronado (did you even know they had canals?) You can enjoy a romantic sunset, a glass of wine and chocolate covered strawberries on the gondola. You can even get a massage on the boat if you want to! 

#2 San Diego Bay via the Coronado Ferry: The view especially coming back to San Diego from the Coronado side is stunning at night and at sunset.

#3 Seaport Village by carriage ride: Take a leisurely stroll by the waterfront or take a carriage ride by the harbor.

#4 Point Loma Tide Pools: The Cabrillo Monument and the surrounding area has breathtaking views of the ocean and when it’s low tide, it’s so much fun to explore the tide pools with a person you care about.

#5 Sunset Cliffs: They named this place because of the view. Best place to catch the sunset hands down.

#6 Torrey Pines Reserve: The hike is beautiful here, especially the path that leads you from the top of the mountain to the beach. It’s a leisurely 20 min hike each way. I did it with my newborn strapped on to my front. There is a fee for parking at the top of the mountain, if you park at the bottom, it’s free parking but you’ll have an upward hike. Not too difficult.

#7 Julian: This quaint little town is famous for its apple pie (my favorite is the Apple crumb-yummm..). It’s country charm is perfect for a short getaway from San Diego.

#8 Mt. Soledad: Beautiful 360 degree view of San Diego

#9 La Jolla Cove: No matter how old you are, the children’s pool and the beach views are absolutely amazing.

#10 The Prado/ Japanese Tea Garden: Sitting in the serene atmosphere transports you to a different world. Tucked away in Balboa Park, it’s a great place to snuggle with your sweetie and take some beautiful photos.

#11 Hotel Del Coronado. Have a picnic on the beach and take a walk through the historic hotel. Lots of great cafe’s and restaurants on Orange Ave just minutes away.

#12 Paradise Point: Barefoot Bar and Grill. The view of Mission Bay is amazing here.

Best Date Idea for Valentines Day

I love going to the movie theaters to watch movies. I don’t know if it’s the heavenly smell of  popcorn or the sense of community when everyone in the theater laughs with you during the funny scenes.

But watching a movie at Cinepolis Luxury Movie Theater in Del Mar or La Costa, CA takes movie watching to a whole nother level. If you ladies like to watch movies at the theater than this is one date that both you and your date you will appreciate.

From the soft-as-butter wide leather seats that have motorized reclining where you can practically lay down completely, to the oh-so-convenient ability of the arm rests to slide away so you can snuggle together in comfort oh and can’t forget the best thing, you can enjoy your favorite alcoholic beverages right there while you watch your movie AND the waiter can deliver the adult beverages and whatever else you want from the menu right to your seat!

It’s definitely more expensive, about $20 per ticket, but I love that there is a full service bar and lounge to hang out in before the movie and that there are some theaters that only allow 21 and over inside so it’s not too noisy with rowdy youngsters. It’s very sleek and modern and the menu is pretty cool with everything from fresh hand-rolled sushi, to chocolate fondue with fruits.There are swivel tables so you can eat right at your seat.

My only big warning is this: GET THERE EARLY AND ORDER YOUR FOOD AS SOON YOU ARRIVE FROM THE BAR. We were told to order from inside the movie theater. The waiter didn’t come to us until the last hour of the movie, while it was dark and we didn’t get our food until the last 10 min before it ended. It was pretty hard to see what we were eating and I was starved throughout the first half of the movie.

Other than that, I would say it’s definitely something to do at least once. My husband really appreciated the nice seats and the quality of the 3-D headsets that we used for the movie we saw in 3-D. Honestly, the food was nothing that special, kind of like bar food but the novelty of it in a movie theater made it pretty worth it.

The Vow is playing this week… Perfect movie for the occasion!