The Hawaiian Islands have long been a coveted destination to relax, play in calm warm waters and enjoy the life of luxury. When you plan your next trip to paradise, skip the resorts, and experience true Hawaii with a Hawaii vacation rentals.
In Hawaiian Islands’ early days of tourism at the beginning of the 20th century, there were really only two places to stay: The Moana Surfrider and the Royal Hawaiian, both located on famed Waikiki Beach on Oahu. Wealthy visitors would take cruise ships to Oahu and spend months at a time learning to surf, play the ukulele and getting a tan.
Over the years, visitors began to fly instead of sail to to the Hawaiian Islands, and more hotels started popping up along Waikiki. Now Waikiki is full of crowds, bright lights and weekly fireworks. While this can be fun for a time, Oahu has so much more to offer by spending times in a Hawaii vacation rental instead.
Try spending a few nights on the Windward side of Oahu in Kailua or Lanikai. Both towns are known for pristine beaches and crystalline waters. Rent a stand-up paddleboard and spend the afternoon cruising out to the Mokes, two small islands off of Lanikai Beach.
Or head up to the North Shore and enjoy the site of big waves in the winter. For a meal drive into Haleiwa, a classic surf town with some amazing food, such as Beachhouse or Uncle Bo’s.
Oahu is known as the “gathering place.” It’s the center of business and trade for the Pacific. If a quieter vacation on a less busy island sounds ideal, check out Maui, Kauai or Hawaii Island.
For an island getaway that will have all of the amenities of Oahu or the Mainland, but is a little less busy, spend some time on Maui. Maui has many of the major retailers you love from home, but doesn’t have the same congestion or traffic Honolulu is known for.
For a beach getaway try Lahaina, the Kaanapali Coast or Kapalua for maximum sun and waves. If you plan to explore the island in daytrips to Upcountry and Mount Haleakala, Kihei is also a great beach spot that is a bit more central.
If Maui is still too busy, Kauai is the least populated of the four major Islands. The pace of life feels a little slower. Known as the “garden isle,” Kauai is lush and full of tropical foliage. It’s also home to Waimea Canyon, a vast and stunning natural wonder, often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. With fewer hotels than the other Islands, Hawaii vacation rentals are definitely a must on Kauai.
Adventure seekers will love Hawaii Island. Hawaii Island, or the Big Island, is just that – big! It’s larger than all of the other Islands combined. It’s also home to several ziplines and, of course, flowing lava. Kilauea in Volcano National Park has been continuously erupting since 1983. Boat tours can take visitors to see where flowing lava hits the ocean, creating even more land on this growing Island.
No matter where you go in the Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii vacation rentals are the way to go when planning a trip. It’s perfect for a large group or family traveling together. A luxury rental not only allows visitors to specialize their stay with more locations than hotels alone, it also gives a glimpse of real Hawaiian living.
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