Stick all the way! It's not for everybody and it takes skill. Just because you can move through the gears without cutting off doesn't mean you're a skilled stick shift driver. In addition to knowing your engine by sound and when to go to the next gear, you have to know how to do it smoothly.
My favorite place to drive a stick is in Atlanta with hills and endless curvy roads. If I lived in a place like San Francisco, that'd be heaven, too.
I used to let boyfriends drive my stick shift car, I learned better quikly. You don't drive my stick shift until you prove you know what you're doing.