Do you find yourself in a date-night rut? Doing the same thing every time, if you get yourselves out at all? Living in San Diego provides us with numerous fun date opportunities. So if you are looking for something new, give one of these ideas a try.
1. Couples Massage – why not spend some time together relaxing from the demands of life? With soothing music and dim lights, you can de-stress together. Check for specials for couples. This month Rainwater Spa in Rancho Bernardo is offering a one-hour couple’s massage for just $98.
2. Walk on the Beach – enjoy a calm walk on the beach. San Diego’s beautiful beaches are a special place to reconnect and enjoy each other’s company. Afterwards, enjoy a bite to eat. If you walk along one of Del Mar’s beaches, try the Urban Pi afterwards.
3. Drive-In Movie – The South Bay has a drive-in movie theater! Enjoy an inexpensive night out, cuddling in your car or the back of a truck with a blanket and a take-out dinner or your own snacks.
4. Sea World – While Sea World is a wonderful family place to go, how about going as a couple? Wander through the exhibits at a leisurely pace, holding hands. Relish the thrill of a roller coaster. Take in a show.
5. Visit a Museum – I love visiting San Diego’s many museums. But when I go with my kids, they are usually bouncing from here to there and it can be hard to see some of the exhibits or spend much time reading about it. A night out with my husband, walking and talking, while viewing the exhibits is a treat! And during the month of February you can get 50% off admission with the Museum Pass from Macy’s. Learn more about it here.
6. Kayaking – This is more of a day-date, but is a lot of fun. My husband and I did this a few months ago and loved it. Being newbies, we tried out a La Jolla kayaking tour for a good experience. We used Hike-Bike-Kayak. They equipped us with everything we needed and gave us a lot of good hints, like how to get past the surf without getting dumped out! We really liked the tour we used because it was smaller than other tour groups we saw heading out, so we had more personal attention. And our guide was a biology and was really excited to tell us all about the marine life. We had a great time out on the water, paddling together, enjoying San Diego’s natural beauty. Besides the La Jolla caves, you can kayak in Mission Bay, and if you want to go at night, you can cruise into the bay and see Sea World’s fireworks. How romantic is that!
7. Are you and your significant other runners? Get out for a healthy date and enjoy a run on the beach. If you can get out in the morning, treat yourself after the run to breakfast at The Naked Cafe or your favorite breakfast eatery.
8. If dinner and a movie is your go-to-date (which, you really can’t go wrong there), treat yourself to a little something extra. Try out Cinepolis. Plus you can enjoy the dinner AND the movie at the same time and place!
9. Try something new in a different part of town than you usually visit. San Diego has so many fun neighborhoods from Little Italy (go to Extraordinary Desserts) to Solana Beach (great Mexican Food at Fidel’s Little Mexico) to La Jolla (try out Whisknladle). Been to the Gaslamp Quarter recently? Mission Bay, Ocean Beach, Balboa Park or Old Town. Explore the city a little and find a new place to visit.
10. Hiking – Whether you are avid hikers taking on strenuous trails or more of the stroll-along holding hands type of hiker, San Diego has miles and miles of trails for you to bet outdoors together appreciating the natural wonders of San Diego. Torrey Pines State Reserve is located on the cliffs above the beach with a variety of trails to match your hiking style and relish the breathtaking views. Mission Trails Regional Park offers a river, lakes, and Cowles Mountain, which is the highest point in San Diego giving you gorgeous views of the city. Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail is an easy hike and is also a nice area for mountain biking or running.