We'll be visting San Diego for 6 days next June after driving down from San Francisco via Monterey, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs. We're both in our early 40s and although we want to see as much of the city as possible we would also like a few days on the beach. We will have a car for the time we're there.
At the moment I'm thinking that maybe we should stay in a more central location (Gaslamp District, Downtown?) as we'll then be able to walk to restaurants and bars in the evening without worrying about talking the car, but during the days we'll then be able to drive and visit some of the great beaches you have on that coastline.
Does this seem a logical thing to do? Or are there areas near beaches where we'll still be able to experience a good nightlife without having to drive anywhere?