If you decide to go to San Diego you won't be disappointed. Pacific Beach and La Jolla are some of the most beautiful places on Earth. Not only that, but the vibe on the beach is very cool (much like Port A). It was explained to me this way. There's no localism because no one is really from Pacific Beach. If you need to rent any equipment or a recommendation on a place to stay. Let me know.
But, before you go make sure they have some surf for you.