My family and I (2 adults and 1 child age 8) are planning to head to DLR and San Diego for the first time May 23-31 2020. We would also be interested in spending one night at Hotel Del Coronado as well as exploring some beaches on our drive up (we will start in San Diego and likely rent a car to drive up to DLR where we will return it). I’m trying to understand how many days I should allocate to each area of the trip. We know we want at least 3 1/2 days in DLR. Here is a rough sketch of my plans:
May 23 - Fly into San Diego. Do some brief touring of the city/area (Hotel TBD)
May 24 - Full day at the zoo (Hotel TBD)
May 25 - Check into Hotel Del and spend the day there relaxing/swimming, maybe some more touring around the city
May 26 - Pick up rental car and drive north. This is where I need the most help - where to stay and prioritizing what we see along the way.
May 27 - Drive the rest of the way up to DLR and drop rental car (Hotel TBD). Visit the parks upon arrival
May 28-30 - 3 full days at DLR (Hotel TBD)
May 31 - Fly day back home
Here are my questions:
Does this allocation of time make sense?
I really need help knowing what to see and do and where to stay on our drive from San Diego to DLR - any ideas?
As some background, we are beach lovers and love seeing the ocean as often as possible. The 8 year old has no fear of anything and is quite the foodie - just like mom and dad. I can be picky about hotel rooms. My husband would lay his head anywhere and gets frustrated with me, but I am the person that spends a ridiculous amount of time reading hotel reviews. It doesn’t have to be fancy by any means - just really clean and safe. We are budget conscious, but not on an extremely tight budget. We are the type of people who stay at value resorts while at WDW, but will gladly spend the money for things like a dessert party and other extras. We simply prioritize how we spend our budget is the best way to put it I suppose.
Any help is appreciated! I realize we aren’t really under a time crunch, but just trying to get rough schedule in place to help with narrowing down costs so we can decide what fits best in our budget and time restraints.