If you've ever talked yourself out of planning a romantic date downtown or taking your boo to the beach because parking is such a drag, your excuses are about to be busted. Just sign up for the car-sharing program car2go (the $35 registration fee is currently being waived for new members) and park for free at any metered spot downtown, in Little Italy , Hillcrest or anywhere in the "home area." That's right - metered parking is covered when you're using car2go. Added bonus: you can maneuver into tiny street parking spots with ease in Mission Beach .
Here are some of the hottest date spots that are easier and quicker to get to with car2go:
Get swanky with a steak dinner at Greystone Steakhouse or Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop. Watch for home runs during the All-Star Game happening at Petco Park in July. Hang out at Makers Quarter, Quartyard or the just-opened Horton Plaza Park. Play tourist for a day at Seaport Village.
You and your taste buds do not want to miss Taste of Little Italy on June 15. The weekly Farmers' Market has so much more than fresh produce. While there's pizza and pasta everywhere you look, there's also seafood at Ironside Fish & Oyster, Mexican dishes at El Camino, bistro fare at Ballast Point and fried chicken at The Crack Shack.
Brunch, brunch and brunch some more at Hash House a Go Go, Snooze an A.M. Eatery, Fig Tree Café, Bread & Cie and Great Maple (get the donuts). For one of the best street parties you've ever seen, you'll want to be along University Avenue and in Balboa Park July 16-17 for Pride Weekend.
Rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards and cruise around the bay - for maximum romance, book a nighttime tour and enjoy the lights or SeaWorld's fireworks. Not into getting wet? Rent some beach cruisers instead and zip up and down the boardwalk. Hankering for some really fresh fish? Get everything you need to hook a big one at Crystal Pier Bait and Tackle.
To sweeten the deal even more, car2go is offering a special reduced rate of just $0.19 per minute for the rest of 2016 (no surge pricing, ever), and their new fleet of gas powered vehicles allow you to go farther than the EV fleet ever allowed - so why limit your summer dates to San Diego? Take a day trip to Julian, get your picture on Potato Chip Rock on top of Mt. Woodson, or take a coastal road trip to Newport Beach or LA.
To learn more about car2go and sign up, visit hopinanddrive.car2go.com.