San Diego Reflecting Pond.jpg Cupid’s coming in quicker than you think. But before you reach for that dusty, heart-shaped box of chocolates in the gas station clearance bin, hold up in the name of a little more creative Valentine’s Day fun and planning. Contrary to popular belief, it’s easier than you think. From coastal romps to chocolate tours, this guide has it all for Valentine’s Day in San Diego.

1. Rock-Climbing

One good way to build your relationship and work through any trust issues is to hand over your safety to your loved one. A great way to do that is to take turns belaying one another at a rock climbing gym! An inventive and fun idea for February 14th, there are various outdoor and indoor gyms for this around the sunshine city of San Diego.

2. Beach Picnic

Whether it’s wine and cheese with only the two of you or PB&J with the family, take a beach blanket, some towels, a thermostat of bubbly and some fruit along for a day (or evening) at one of the famous beaches. There are seventy miles of them, including Coronado, Mission, Pacific, Windandsea, La Jolla Shores, Torrey Pines State Beach, Del Mar, Cardiff State Beach, Moonlight State Beach, and more.

3. “The Sweethearts Sail

What sexes up the San Diego Maritime Museum’s multi-hour, tall-ship cruise around the Bay isn’t so much the possibility of seeing migrating whales; it’s the open-water danger factor. Might the skipper shipwreck you with that special someone? Valentine’s Day tours are also available through Flagship Cruises, and Hornblower, which is offering a variety of champagne brunch, and 3 or 4 course dinner tours.  This is a great idea for fun in the San Diego sun on Valentine’s Day.

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4. Drive to the Hot Springs

Do the 60-minute drive to Warner Springs Ranch on Valentine’s Eve and spend the next day carousing around in the romantic springs! Or, head right to the 100-degree hot springs for a night soak under the stars. Soak in something dry at the cantina. Stoke the romantic flames by the fireplace in your room. Plan to spend heavily on this Valentine’s jaunt!

5. Brewery Tour Fun!

Beer trumps chocolate, especially when it’s winning big-time popularity contests across the country. All aboard the fun bus for a local brewery crawl too. There are plenty of ones to visit in San Diego, the city rated one of the best craft beer cities in America with over 85 breweries including Ballast Point, Green Flash, San Diego Brewing and Stone Brewery. This is a fantastic idea for singles!

6. The “For the Love of Chocolate” festival

If your love for chocolate is unconditional, and you must have anything that is made from the cocoa bean, then this is your event. “For the Love of Chocolate” festival in Escondido is sure to be a chocolate lover’s delight. Chocolate-crazy couples can wander the streets of downtown Escondido sampling chocolate pairing with wine, champagne and beers (local breweries Port, Stone, Lost Abbey and Karl Strauss are all participating), take horse-and-carriage rides, try the chocolate fountain and explore the offerings of several local chocolatiers.