San Diego is the perfect destination for couples who like to explore and discover new areas. It houses the perfect combination of tourist destinations and sights to see, as well as romantic restaurants and relaxing beaches, or even surfing and more water sports for the couple that likes to get active! If you’re worried a city break might not be romantic, think again!
Think beautiful sunsets, fine dining and sunny weather all year round, with sights such as Balboa Park and the Coronado Bridge to take in together. The region also offers some of the best vineyards in the country, so why not take in a romantic wine tasting tour for two?
If you’re looking for consistently good weather, San Diego is a good bet. The sun is nearly always shining! San Diego averages about 260 sunny days a year – with summer highs of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and even winter can get up to 65-70 degrees.
Best Time to Visit San Diego
As we’ve said, the sun in San Diego shines pretty much all year long. If the weather has to be warm, avoid the months of May and June, where overcast days happen more frequently. You don’t want your romantic honeymoon to be full of that June Gloom!
January sees the city host the San Diego Comedy Festival and the Diego Brew Fest, while February sees the Gaslamp Quarter host the famous Mardi Gras Parade. If music is your jam, head in March to the San Diego Indie Fest. May celebrates Cinco de Mayo in style in the Old Town. December is a great time to go if you want an alternative Christmas honeymoon, and the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights or the Big Bay Balloon Parade are two huge events happening in this month.
Getting To San Diego
When you’re booking your flights, if you’re not a US citizen you may need to apply for a visa. Make sure you research this well in advance. San Diego has its own international airport, but if you find a great deal flying into one of the airports in LA, it isn’t too far of a drive. You could even add a day in LA to your vacation. John Wayne Airport is about an hour and 15 minutes away and Long Beach Airport is about an hour and a half.
Things to do during your San Diego Honeymoon
There’s no shortage of things to do and sights to see in San Diego on your Honeymoon. Perfect for explorers, you could hike along one of the many nature parks, such as the picturesque cliffs of Torrey Pines State Reserve.
With the sunny weather, you’re going to want to head to the beach, and San Diego is home to some of the best in California. With 70 miles of coastline, you’ll be spoilt for choice with beaches to sunbathe in, or perhaps indulge in a spot of surfing? La Jolla Cove or Swami’s Beach are just two to name from San Diego’s vast offering.
Stray further inland and take a walk around the cultural hub of Balboa Park, home to numerous botanical gardens, museums, and theatres. For an extra dose of culture, head to the man maritime museums to soak up some history.
If you fancy a spot of baseball, head to the home place of the San Diego Padres, Petco Park. A visit to this stadium is a great way to spend a few hours on a sunny afternoon! Go to catch a game, and stay for the ocean view. If you need another reason to stick around – the local craft beer on offer is vast, with over 40 varieties on offer from the many food stands and restaurants situated inside the stadium. There are also more than 50 places to grab a bite.
No trip to San Diego is complete without a visit to the famous San Diego Zoo. This world-renowned Zoo covers over 100 acres, as is home to nearly four thousand animals, including rare and endangered species. You can literally spend the whole day here, taking in hourly shows and animal presentations – as well as going to see the famous panda bears! If you’re lucky enough to head there in the summer, go to their Night Zoo events, where you can stay into the twilight hours and enjoy one of the many restaurants.
There’s plenty of places you can travel to for the day from San Diego. Our top picks would be Newport Beach, home to shows such as The OC and The Real Housewives, and also stunning beachside houses, trendy cafes and unique independent shops. If you want to head to one of the state’s many wine regions, we’d recommend Temecula. Only 60 miles from San Diego, this city is a little less visited than some of the more famous wine valleys. Head to one of the hillside vineyards and skip the crowds, then have a wander around the city.
With Mexico so close, a trip to Tijuana is a must do. Nowadays, the cultural – and culinary scene of this border city is bustling, with authentic Mexican markets, beautiful street art, and interesting museums.
If you’re a big foodie, San Diego has a wealth of culinary delights to satisfy your taste buds. San Diego has a mix of cultures and ethnicities, so there’s no one signature cuisine – perfect for if you want to try something different every day! Of course, being by the coast, seafood is up to the top of the list, and the city also offers some of the best steakhouses around. The proximity to Mexico also means there are plenty of authentic Mexican restaurants to try out. The Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy and Old Town are some of the areas you must visit if discovering good food is on your to-do list.
San Diego is one of the most famous areas in the USA for its craft beer. The region boasts over 85 craft breweries, including brewers such as Stone Brewing Company and Karl Strauss. There’s craft beer available in most pubs and restaurants, as well as the breweries that make them. You can tour most of them and find out how the beer is made, or try a beer-pairing menu at one of San Diego’s many restaurants.
If you like traveling on your holiday, San Diego is the perfect base for a day or two in Mexico. The southern border of the county borders with Mexico, meaning a trip across the border is a must-do.
San Diego Hotels & Resorts for Honeymoons
One of the West’s most sought-after five-star resort, Rancho Valencia is an amazing resort where you can celebrate your love in a most wonderful way. The perfect place to begin your life together, the resort combines romantic gardens and groves for special moments, stunning accommodations, glowing lantern lit pathways, relaxing couples treatments at The Spa, and the ultimate in fine dining. Rooms start at $550 a night
Experience a romantic getaway with a stay at Pantai Inn, offering an array of extras to help you celebrate with someone special. Enjoy a Balinese escape with their Romance in La Jolla Package which includes a bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, one dozen red roses and other extras. For an added romantic and relaxing experience, you can add an in-room spa treatment to your package. Rooms start around $375
Hotel del Coronado
The Hotel del Coronado is situated in Coronado Island, moments from downtown San Diego. It’s a beautiful historic building with charming Victorian-era properties. It’s setting on the beach means you can enjoy bar to beach service all day long, and then treat yourselves to a couple’s massage. Prices start from $390 a night.
Omni San Diego Hotel
In the heart of Downtown San Diego, the Omni San Diego Hotel boasts views of the bay from the floor to ceiling windows. A perfect romantic getaway, it also has a full-service spa and in-room or poolside dining. Prices start from $190 a night.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines
This boutique hotel in the heart of La Jolla hosts an onsite spa, wellness café, and pool. Luxury at its best, you can lounge in the marble bathroom while looking for overviews of the botanical gardens, and even head to the golf course for an early morning round. Rooms start from $436 a night.