Want to know the best way to spend your Valentine’s Day weekend in San Diego?
This list was created by a San Diego local as an all inclusive guide for the top rated spots in San Diego, California.
Whether you’re looking for fun date ideas, outdoor activities, secret spots, restaurants, or best places to get gifts this list covers it all. Don’t worry, ideas for last minute valentine’s day activities and gifts are included!
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Downtown San Diego
Popular breakfast place in downtown San Diego. They are known for their fun aesthetic! Get there early! They don’t allow for reservations in advance and wait times can range around 2 hours on the weekends. If you go on a Saturday you can put your name down and then explore little italy or the farmers market while you wait.
Known for their ice cream!
This unique ice cream shop was originally a dry cleaning store. They have fun flavors and you can give suggestions of what flavor they should try to create on their big poster!
Fun speakeasy! Remember to make a reservation. Want to know how to find this hidden bar? Go to the second floor where the bookshelf is 😉
Spanish style cute and quirky shops with everything from nostalgia books, t-shirts, sunglasses, hats, candles, hot sauces, magnets, kites, wines, chimes and bells, and shells. Great place to eat is San Diego Pier Cafe with an amazing view of the bay. One of my favorite parts is the Koi pond. Metered parking available!
Great for picnics and fun for kids because they can play in the water structure and open grass area.
The Little Italy Farmers Market is the biggest one in San Diego and is open 8am – 2pm on Saturdays. Parking can be tricky! Recommend the parking garage: 715 W Cedar St, San Diego, CA 92101
Once-in-a-lifetime experience to explore a historical naval aircraft carrier museum. The museum consists of an extensive collection of aircrafts. Don’t miss this main attraction!
Known for 2.5 hour semi private whale watching excursions with arm’s reach distance from wildlife on Navy Seal Boats that fit up to 6 passengers. Located on the dock behind the Sheraton Hotel in downtown San Diego
A beautiful place to walk, have a picnic, or visit their popular attractions such as the Japanese Friendship Garden, Museum of Us, Alcazar garden, and botanic building. Definitely one of my favorite places in San Diego.
A must see with tons of fun bars, restaurants, boutiques, gourmet eateries, shops, art galleries, and small museums. Next to the NTC park with waterfront views
- Stone Brewery
- Liberty Public Market – Has a variety of great food choices and shops
- Pigment – Really cute gift shop
- Moniker General – Really great selection of coffee
Cabrillo National Monument: Historic Lighthouse & national monument with views all the way to Mexico. One of my favorite parts was also the state reserve where you climb down to see the tide pools (separate place below that you can park at)
Great spot to see the tide pools and seals!
Smaller and more private local beach.
Known for their hands-on exhibits and their variety of over 60 different types of fish. It is one of the largest centers for ocean and earth science research. Buy tickets or see pricing here
Definitely my personal favorite to get coffee or matcha. Has an amazing setup and is one of the newer coffee shops. Great for breakfast and lunch!
Popular for lunch and for weekend night outs. Located right on the boardwalk with a view of the ocean.
Really cute bar known for their shareable drink out of a huge flamingo
Bigger bar on the main strip with beachy aesthetic, expansive patio, TV sports, and bar bites menu
Popular surf spot
Great picnic spot with amazing views of San Diego
Great for walks or runs
Extremely popular breakfast place by the pier
Bring your own tackle, bait, and fishing license! If you need to bait there is a shop close by: Crystal Pier Bait and Tackle Shop
Historic amusement park on Ocean Front at Surfrider square in Mission Bay. Offers beachfront shopping, dining, and entertainment.