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5 Ways San Diego Is More Romantic Than LA

5 Ways San Diego Is More Romantic Than LA, san diego, san diego sunsetComing from two LA lovers, this is a hard statement for us to make. But alas, after a week of sparkling bay waters, homeless-free (ish) parks, great cafes, friendly faces and traffic-free streets (?!), there was no denying the heightened quality of life, air and love in “America’s Finest City.”

couple hiking, couple on summit, couple in san diego, adventure couple, cowles mountain hike san diegoWe had been to San Diego before, we even had our first experience staying in a camper van here, but it wasn’t until we stayed for a week, exploring the land and its people, that we realized we could really get used to the place. So, what was it about San Diego that had us swooning in a way only Hollywood could dream of?

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1.Hidden gems.

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halloween party people, los angeles halloween2. Friendliness.

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cowles mountain, hiking san diego, john lee dumas friends, john lee dumas hike, john lee dumas san diegoThe LA version of this event: A 5:15 wake up call… on a Saturday morning…paired with the fact that most people would have to take the 10 or the 405? This romantic sunrise hike would have had a few more obstacles, a bit more smog, half the attendance and probably would have turned into a mid-morning juice date. #truthbomb

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the pearl san diego, outdoor movies san diego, best date ideas san diego, vintage retro hotel the pearl san diegoFront and center by the aqua glow of the pool, laughing at Steve Martin and John Candy by the warmth of the heater, eating delicious food, sipping on the signature drink of the night,  all while enjoying each other’s company without a crowd, a line, or a crazy cover charge!? LA, we love you, but Cinespia ain’t got romance (let alone space!) like that.

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balboa park, romantic san diego, things to do in balboa park1,200 acres of wild foliage, beautiful gardens, sprawling walking paths, 15 major museums, several theaters and the world-famous San Diego Zoo! The opportunities for romance, love and relaxation at Balboa Park were absolutely endless. Our favorite thing to do? Chill in our hammock and watch the planes fly right over our heads!

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balboa park, romantic san diego, things to do in balboa park, planes over balboa park, where to watch the planes in san diegoThe LA version of this: Chillin’ at the In n’ Out on Sepulveda watching the planes fly in n’ out of LAX… while this would be fun in its own right, it probably wouldn’t top the charts for romance.

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mission bay, freedom boat club, couple kissing on a boatNow, it’s important to note that while we find San Diego to be an absolute gem, nothing can take away the fact that we will always love LA. Where would we live if we had to decide? I guess you’ll just have to wait and see…

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    Stephanie

    December 2, 2015

    As a girl who grew up in San Diego (Oceanside and Carlsbad, to be exact), I am thrilled that you enjoyed your stay in San Diego! Will you be staying long? We’re returning for a visit the middle of this month and would love to meet you two in person. Let us know!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      December 2, 2015

      We absolutely LOVED San Diego, we kept extending our stay, but unfortunately have left already 🙁 We will be back again though! Would have loved to meet you, our paths will cross one of these days, somewhere 😉

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