We are planning to arrive at the end of July and staying for 5 or 6 nights. We will be flying in from Phoenix. I am having trouble deciding where to stay. Downtown we want to go to Horton Plaza and the Gaslamp district and Seaport Village. We also want to go to Coronado, La Jolla and to take a day and drive up the coast maybe as far as Laguana Beach. Both girls are avid swimmers and would love to experience some fun beaches. Im not sure if I should break up the trip and fly in and stay at a downtown hotel that offers free shuttle for a few days and then rent a car and stay out near Hotel Circle or if I should just rent a car for the whole time and drive everywhere. I dont want to be paying too much for parking at a hotel. I thought the Doubletree downtown for 160 a night was a good rate. If I stayed downtown for a few days, what other location once I had my car would you recommend that we stay at where we could drive to Coronado , La Jolla and to Laguana?
I know im asking a lot but I appreciate any help .