San Diego is a magical place for couples. Its 70 mile, gorgeous coastline is the ideal backdrop for any romantic getaway. Whether you want to experience California’s hiking trails or you prefer to lay on the beach, you and your partner will find endless things to do in the sunshine state.
How to Have the Best Couples Vacation in San Diego
With so many fun things to do in San Diego, it’s hard to narrow down to a top 6. But if you want to experience the best of the California coastline, our itinerary will do the trick.
1. Go Hiking in the Torrey Pines
The Torrey Pines accounts for 1,750 acres of rocky canyons and pine forests, specifically the Torrey Pine, which gave the park its namesake. Tourists love to hike the endless trails while looking across the blue Pacific Ocean. You can easily get to Torrey Pines via a short drive.
To maximize time, take the Broken Hill Trail in the morning for the absolute best ocean views. It’s only 2.5 miles long and takes you to your next destination, Gliderport, near the beach.
2. Have a Picnic at Gliderport
Gliderport is the best little picnic spot in Torrey Pines. Gliderport is often busy with paragliders and hang gliders, but they won’t be anywhere close to your picnic spot. If you’re feeling adventurous yourself, why not soar over the high cliffs of La Jolla with your hunny?
We recommend going to Gliderport in the spring to enjoy some relaxing summer weather without the oppressive heat. Stay here and watch the sunset, or head over to Black’s Beach.
3. Walk Along La Jolla Shores
By Gliderport and Torrey Pines, most of the beaches are deserted, private, or sparsely populated. It isn’t because they’re low-quality, either. Most San Diego residents would rather go to a closer beach, but since you’re out here, you might as well stroll La Jolla Shores.
La Jolla Shores offers a tranquil setting, a warm spring breeze, and silence. If you’re visiting in August, you may see harmless leopard sharks. You can snorkel or kayak in the ocean.
4. Sail Around San Diego Bay
If you have a boating license, you can take your beaux out sailing around San Diego Bay. If you don’t have a license, you can treat yourselves to a sailboat tour or rent a jetski. San Diego Bay Adventures has great guided jet ski tours that take you to several historic military sites.
The San Diego Bay has some of the bluest water around. Stay during the sunset to see the blue ocean turn to black, glittering gold from the reflection of downtown San Diego’s lights.
5. Experience Little Italy
Near the harbor, you’ll find charming Little Italy, a community filled to the brim with authentic Italian bakeries, restaurants, boutiques, and wine bars. Italian joints like Civico 1845, Buon Appetito, and Barbusa come alive at night and offer the most incredible food in the city.
Make sure to stop by Extraordinary Desserts, a small bakery that offers mini portions, if you’re too full from earlier. Stop by the Farms Market on Saturday for some handmade gifts.
6. Bar Hop in the Gaslamp Quarter
The Gaslamp Quarter runs for 16 blocks and includes several cocktail bars, dive bars, restaurants, and clubs. It draws a young crowd, but there are great dance clubs that cater to everyone. Gaslamp Quarter is so busy that it rivals Las Vegas’s party life and culture.
Take a look inside some unique bars, like Noble Experiment and the Tipsy Cow, before strolling down 5th Avenue at night. They’re super lively and offer an authentic San Diego experience.