why is that? Because I prefer the waves, weather and the coastline of southern California better? There is plenty of good surf and plenty of people that love Norcal, I am just not one of them. It's a fun place to go visit, but when given the choice, I would go south, again. If what you are insinuating is a softness because there are more trees, heavy surf and whatever in the Central/Norther area of CA, then that is a matter of opinion.
With that rationale, kauai is better than maui. Another 2 places that are very similar, but nothing alike. Same as North and South CA. I prefer Southern. every time.
drinking during the day at Shore Club in Pacific Beach is a very Bachelor Party-esque thing to do in SD especially during a sporting event and you dont need reservations or anything. They have frozen red bull things.
i 2nd the big sur stuff. there is a place called Tree Bones that has Yurts which is really cool.
Cancel that gringo puss trip & re-book. Fly into POP (Puerto Plata). Rent a coupla vehicles. Drive 30 mins to Cabarete. Stay in any one of a number of sweet oceanfront locations. Hotel Magnifico highly rec'd. Walk to restaurants, nightlife, 6 mins to Encuentro surf break. If it's breaking really good, one hour to Playa Grande. Consult locals for that info. Be sure to hit Sosua for the insane nightlife & chicas. Remember: never, ever pay until the chica is ready to do the walk of shame.
Also consider Colombia. Yah, down the other continent way. Unreal.