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Valentine’s Day 2024 in San Diego – Romantic things to do

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Visitors to San Diego love its harbor, beaches, cruises, food, and history, all of which make it a compelling destination for couples in love. 

Young and old couples, visitors, and locals alike love spending their Valentine’s Day in California’s Beach City.

If you adore your sweetheart (and we don’t doubt it!), you will want to spoil them with all the romantic surprises San Diego has to offer.

Plan ahead of time, for many lovers will be flocking to San Diego to celebrate the most romantic day of the year – 14 February 2024.

Check out our pick for the most romantic Valentine’s Day itinerary in the city of beaches, parks, and warm climate.

Couple in love in San Diego

Things to do on Valentine’s Day in San Diego

Here are our recommended 15 romantic things to do during your Valentine’s Day week in San Diego.

You only need to bring your boyfriend or girlfriend along.

Go on a San Diego Harbour Cruise

The Harbour Cruise is an excellent opportunity to spend a few hours relaxing, sunbathing, and sightseeing in the calm waters just off San Diego.

You and your lover can sit back and relax as you take in a fully narrated tour, offering top-notch sights of the San Diego skyline.

Couples in love head to the upper deck to hold hands and take in the sights and sounds of San Diego waters.

You can choose between a one-hour or a two-hour cruise. 

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Try the intimate sunset sailing adventure

Romantic couple sailing
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Couples love to sail into the setting sun aboard a Catalina-style sailboat on this intimate cruise with a small group. 

Since the boat only takes 12 guests, you feel like you have the ship all to yourself. 

Enjoy the included beer, soft drinks, and snacks during the ride, even as you watch as the sun drops into the glistening waves.

You can even plug in your music to add to the fun. 

Sailing ExperienceCost
Small-Group Sunset Sailing Excursion$107
Small Group Classic Sunset Sail$125
Luxury Sunset Sail Experience$119

If you have something planned for the evening, check out the afternoon sailing, which is equally fun. 

Nothing compares to spending time with the person you love and feeling like a millionaire. So if cost isn’t an issue, we suggest you charter a private boat for sailing San Diego waters

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Search for San Diego’s best food

Husband and wife on food tour
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San Diego has its share of exciting food, so if you and your lover are foodies, you will love the city’s food tours. 

You will explore the best food joints in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego during these tours with an expert guide. 

Sample delicious dishes at four eateries, sip drinks at three stops, and learn about the district’s history as you discover its latest incarnation as a top nightlife destination. 

This food tour is a far more romantic way of spending time together than dining in a restaurant. 

Food tourCost
Brothels, Bites and Booze tour$75
Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones tour$75

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Take the GoCar for a spin

If you or your lover is a driver over 21 years, we highly recommend the GoCar experience for your Valentine’s Day celebration in San Diego.

During the two-hour tour, a GPS-guided, talking GoCar will be your guide 

even as you explore the Downtown and Old Town sights.

This car talks and shows you the way with its in-built GPS, which means you can focus on your wife or husband sitting next to you.

GoCar allows you to enjoy the splendor of the real San Diego because it can visit places where tour buses can’t go – all at your own pace.

The cute, yellow storytelling GoCar also makes for impressive social media posts!

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Get romantic on a Dinner Cruise

Loving couple on dinner cruise
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Onboard the Spirit of San Diego, take a two and half hour dinner cruise with the love of your life. 

As you cruise across the city, enjoy a buffet eating experience while taking in panoramic views of the skyline.

Have your photo taken by the ship’s photographer to capture your Valentine’s Day 2024 celebration for eternity. 

Once seated at your private table, you will dig into your included gourmet meal, accompanied by a complimentary cocktail and live on-board entertainment.

After your meal, people in love can hold hands and sip on cocktails on the ship’s spacious outdoor deck.

Looking for a cruise with a twist? Check out this San Diego Dinner Cruise with Beer Pairings.

If you have some other passionate activity planned for the evening, you can opt for the Champagne Brunch Cruise, which starts at 11 am. 

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See some whales together

Both California locals and tourists worldwide love San Diego’s whale-watching cruises, which are both entertaining and educational.

Guided by marine biologists, these tours are an excellent way to explore the beautiful marine ecosystem the city has to offer. 

If you and your partner love wildlife, this is a great way to spend Valentine’s Day together. 

Whale CruisesCost
4.5 Hour Whale Watching Cruise$85
3 Hour Whale Cruise from Mission Bay$50
Private Whale & Dolphin Adventure$135

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Rent a Pedal Boat

Couples love to rent pedal boats and cruise the San Diego Bay at their own pace while enjoying the local wildlife and sightseeing. 

The pedal boats come with comfortable seating and sun shade, and if you want, binoculars are available for rent. 

The crew explains the basic operation and safety tips, after which the couple is on their own. 

Besides seeing attractions such as America’s Cup Harbor, Harbor Island, and Liberty station, you can also get closer to sea lions and local birds. 

Want to make your Valentine’s Day in San Diego even more special? 

Bring your cooler along and enjoy drinks and lunch in the boat!

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Get adrenaline-rush on a Speedboat

We recommend the Speedboat tour if you want to add a dose of adrenalin to your Valentine’s Day 2024 celebration. 

Zoom around the waters of San Diego Bay on a jet boat ride that provides speed, splashes, and spins. 

As you race through the scenic waterway, you can see landmarks like the USS Midway, Coronado Island, Seaport Village, the Embarcadero, and the city skyline. 

You are sure to cling on to each other even as the captain takes your 1,400-horsepower boat into power slides, 360-degree spins, and other thrilling maneuvers.

Before the tour, all passengers get a waterproof poncho to wear and a plastic bag to keep the valuables dry.

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Opt for the Speed Boat Adventure if you want to experience the thrill of driving your own speed boat and up the adrenalin rush.

If you are an adrenalin junkie couple, look no further than this!

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Get drunk in a San Diego vineyard

Wine tours are an excellent way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one. 

This chauffeured Vineyard tour to local San Diego vineyards is voted #1 for Food and Drink on TripAdvisor. 

You get picked up from your hotel, and on the way, you hear about the city’s history, culture, etc., after which you get into the wine tasting presentations.

With beautiful scenery and wine tasting, it will be a romantic trip both of you are sure to remember forever. 

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Get romantic during a night tour

Romantic couple on night out
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If you and your spouse love nighttime romance amongst the glittering lights, you must try out the San Diego City Lights Night Tour.

During this 90 minutes tour, you will travel from the city’s Gaslamp Quarter to Balboa Park and the Embarcadero. 

You will see the historic San Diego County Administration Center, the USS Midway Museum, Star of India, etc., and get to the top of Coronado Bridge to see the city all lit up. 

This activity is just perfect if you have already planned something romantic for the day and are looking for a wild adventure for the night.

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Kayak as a couple in San Diego

Couples romance while kayaking
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No list of the most romantic things to do in San Diego can be complete without mentioning kayaking as a couple in the city’s Marine Protected Area.

The area is home to various fish, birds, dolphins, turtles, sea lions, and whales. 

With the help of an experienced guide, you will explore the famous Sea Caves of La Jolla and kayak inside Emerald Cave.

Kayak tours start with some paddling instruction, after which you snap on your life vest and get inside your kayak. 

Lovers prefer to get into double kayaks for the extra dose of romance. 

Both novice and experienced kayakers are at ease on this excursion.

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Try out the land and water tour

During this 90-minute sightseeing tour, also known as the Seal tour, you take in the highlights of San Diego Bay by amphibious vehicle. 

Travel on both land and water like a ‘duck tour,’ starting on the streets of Seaport Village and rolling down Harbor Drive alongside San Diego Bay. 

There is live commentary by a local guide, which makes the trip a lot of fun. 

The Seal tour is an ideal way to get cozy with your boyfriend or girlfriend even as you learn about the fascinating city of San Diego.

If you would prefer to get on and get off often during your tour of the city, check out the San Diego Trolley tour

If you are an adventurous couple and love to try out new things, the Segway tour of San Diego isn’t a bad idea either. 

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Take in the wildlife attractions

If both of you love wildlife, dedicate Lover’s day to the creatures at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Safari Park

While the zoo has animals in open enclosures, you can drive in and explore at the safari park. 

If, on 14 February 2024, you want a light activity for the day and want to retain your privacy as well, we recommend the drive-thru Safari Park.

During the two-hour-long drive, you will encounter exotic animal species and native wildlife.

San Diego Zoo’s 1-day ticket$62
San Diego Safari Park 1-day ticket$62
San Diego Zoo and Safari Park 2-day ticket$104

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Get lost in USS Midway Museum

USS Midway is an aircraft carrier that served in the United States Navy for 47 years, and till 1955 was the largest ship in the World. 

Today, USS Midway is a museum in San Diego, a tribute to the Battle of Midway, which happened in June of 1942.

It may not be the traditional way to celebrate your Valentine’s Day in San Diego, but if you and your partner love museums, why not?

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Crossover to Tijuana together

Have you always wanted to visit Mexico but never had the chance? 

14 February 2024 may be the day – rope in your husband or wife, or if you are not married, boyfriend or girlfriend and cross the border. 

Explore Tijuana, Mexico, without getting lost on this day trip from San Diego.

The guide helps you visit cultural attractions, sample authentic Mexican street food, sightseeing, and shopping.

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San Diego Go City Pass for more attractions

What can be more romantic than not worrying about the cost and roaming around San Diego freely?

Imaginative romantic couples go for a Discount Pass, which helps them get more out of less during Valentine’s Day week.

The San Diego Go City Pass helps tourists and locals see must-see attractions yet saves lots of money. 

So how do you and your love plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2024 in San Diego? 

Book ahead before your options run out – after all, it is yet another way of showing that you care. 

Best US Cities for Valentine’s Day celebration

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