Hawaii – The Perfect Spring Vacation

[Today's post was written by guest blogger Alexandra Jacobs.]

Hawaii is a beautiful destination year-round, but it’s a particularly great place to take a spring vacation. During the spring, Hawaii still has reliably gorgeous weather, but there are fewer crowds and thus cheaper prices on accommodation. This is what makes spring an ideal time to visit, so save the trip to New York and the Hamptons House rental for summer and go to Hawaii instead. Whether visitors are young and single, heading to Hawaii with friends, or looking for a romantic getaway, Hawaii is sure to accommodate just about everyone.

Waikiki

Photo by commons.wikimedia.org Alfred Adler

Waikiki is the most popular place in Hawaii for visitors, offering a wide variety of hotels, restaurants, activities, nightlife, and beautiful beachfront views. Located on the south shore of Honolulu, its popularity with tourists is due in part to how easily accessible it is from Honolulu International Airport. Singles in their twenties and thirties will love Waikiki’s nightlife, including places like nearby RumFire and The Yard House. Singles and couples alike will enjoy catching a live performance at jazz venue Lewer’s Lounge or listening to contemporary Hawaiian music at Duke’s Canoe Club.Beyond Waikiki, other neighborhoods in Honolulu, such as Chinatown and Downtown, also offer exceptional nightlife. Bars, lounges, nightclubs, and live music venues abound, all a short walk or cab ride away.

Restaurants

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Waikiki has a variety of restaurants to suit any taste buds and budget. For upscale fine dining that focuses on regional Hawaiian cuisine inspired by global influences, Roy’s Waikiki is a great choice. For couples looking for an exquisite dining experience, Chef Mavro Restaurant serves contemporary regional cuisine in a romantic setting. Visitors hungry for some beef should check out Chuck’s Steakhouse, a Waikiki institution since 1959 that serves excellent steaks and American fare with a beautiful view of the ocean.

Hotels

Waikiki, as well as Hawaii as a whole, has so many hotels that it’s difficult to pick just a few of the best ones. For a luxury hotel right in the heart of it all, visitors can’t go wrong with Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk. Another elegant, luxurious favorite is Halekulani Hotel. Visitors to Waikiki also love to rave about the old world charm of Moana Surfrider Hotel, built in 1901.

Excursions

While travelers can certainly go to Waikiki to relax on the beautiful beaches, there are plenty of other excursions and activities to enjoy. Besides surfing on Waikiki Beach, some of the most popular activities include a visit to Pearl Harbor, a day of snorkeling and exploring in nearby Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and a traditional Hawaiian luau at one of the many venues on Oahu, such as the Polynesian Cultural Center or the Royal Luau at The Royal Hawaiian.

Many visitors to Waikiki wish to visit some of the other islands. This can be a great excursion for both singles and couples. The easiest and most affordable way to do this is by commercial airline or cruise ship.

Alexandra is a travel enthusiast who loves to write about tourism, beaches, food, and the wonderful things in the world.  She provides her own insights on vacationing to the blogosphere.  If you would like to learn more about her, follow her @alexsjourneys or visit her blog alexsjourneys.wordpress.com

8 Comments

  1. Richard said,

    April 9, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Looks like a wonderful place to spend some time, Alexandra. Especially when viewed from rainy England. And I had no idea there was a Chinatown in Hawaii.

  2. April 9, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I’ve been to Hawaii twice and loved it. In comparison to New York, everything feels very relaxed and laid back there. And I have never been anywhere that smelled as good as Hawaii. From the moment you get off the plane, you’re welcomed by this indescribable scent. Pure joy for a nature lover like me.

  3. bronxboy55 said,

    April 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I’ve never had any great desire to visit Hawaii, but suddenly I do. Wonderful post, Alexandra.

    This was an excellent addition to your blog, Margaret.

  4. April 9, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Thank you so much. I love Hawaii! I would like to do all of the Island Hopping tho next time I go!

  5. April 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Having been born and raised in Honolulu, I find New York far more exotic personally. :)

  6. Huffygirl said,

    April 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    We are hoping to take a Hawaii trip this fall. Any suggestions Margaret?

    • April 15, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      I haven’t been there since the 90s, but a few things stand out. You and your husband would absolutely love the Road to Hana trip on Maui. It’s an all-day affair and so worth it for nature lovers. Back in the old days, you rented a cassette tape and bought a picnic lunch and let the tape guide you to all the sights along the way. Be sure to do some research before you go. The road gets rough at times and it will take you hours to get there if you stop to do sightseeing, which you absolutely must. So, be sure to bring food and water and fill up your gas tank before leaving.

      I also loved the black sand beach on the Big Island. When I was there, the volcano was erupting and had taken out the Visitor Center. I actually have photos of the lava trickling down. Amazing.

      When you’re ready to give nature a break and hit civilization, Waikiki has all the things you’d expect–restaurants, shows, shops.

      Be sure to avoid the American breakfasts and go for the mahi mahi, sticky rice, and fresh pineapple. I ate that every day I was there for breakfast. Breakfast of champions! ;-)

      Go to a luau. I’ve been to Hawaii twice and both times attended a luau. Do the ones that require a tour bus to get there versus the hotel luaus. The entertainment on the bus is great fun.

      Sleep with your lei on your bedside table. They smell great.

      Enjoy, Huffy.


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