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Valentine’s Day San Diego: A Complete Guide

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As much as we try to plan ahead, life tends to get in the way. But sometimes last minute plans end up working out even better anyway. If procrastination is your game, we have you covered. Celebrate with the best that San Diego has to offer this Valentine’s Day, from gift guides, to activities, restaurants, and deals.

Affordable Gifts That Will Keep on Giving

It can be tough to figure out what to get your special someone for Valentine’s Day, especially if you haven’t been dating for long. We’ve compiled of gift ideas for every stage in the game, so let the gift-giving process be fun! Sometimes the best gifts are ones that create memories. We’ve included in our guides places to take your date, gifts under $20 that will show that you care, and activities to engage in together.

Romantic Getaways

Take your lovely date on a staycation this year at Kimpton’s Palomar or Solamar locations in San Diego. Let the stress slip away, as you slip into something a little more comfortable and let yourself indulge in a couple’s massage. Have time to go a little further? Check out Santa Barbara’s Canary hotel, with a panoramic view of the mountains and ocean! What more could you want? Find out all about these deals here.

Restaurants We Love

If decision-making doesn’t come easy for you or your partner, the pre-fixe menu at Fig Tree Cafe will be a lifesaver. For $85 you’ll receive a starter, two entrees, a dessert, and two glasses of champagne. How does a baby beet and burrata salad, a fish of the day and 14 oz. NY steak, and a tiramisu, with the pairing of a sparkling champagne sound to you? Mmmmmm. We thought so. Or, if pubs and breweries are more your vibe, Pacific Beach Ale House in PB has a fixed menu for $60 per pair, or $35 if you’re dining solo. Get your seafood fix with oysters, scampi, and seared albacore. Finish the night off with a spiked hot chocolate shot and chocolate covered strawberries, and go home satisfied. Also, Backyard Kitchen & Tap has a set menu with gluten free and vegan options for you this Valentine’s Day, if that’s more up your alley.

Movies To Cry To

Sickness has been flying around all over the place this season, so if you find yourself a little under the weather, or just want to stay at home and relax, this list of romantic movies might be the perfect fit. Make yourself a bowl of popcorn, grab a cuddly blanket, and laugh, cry, and feel all the feels that come to the surface during a holiday about love. Our top picks: 500 Days of Summer, Chocolat, Valentine’s Day, and The Proposal.

And for those who think Valentine’s Day is just for people in relationships, create your own traditions this year! Get a pizza to go and watch the sunset on the beach with your best friend, drink wine and share stories over a rom-com with your roommates, or enjoy the perks of Taco Tuesday and challenge your friends to a taco eating contest.

We hope that this holiday creates space to remember that you are loved, share your love with others, and have fun with love all weekend long!

Katrina is an OBcean that spends her time drinking quality coffee and engaging in the community that she lives in.

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