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Place: Hawaii

Visiting Hawaii
By Caitlin Moore

Hawaii’s reputation as an island paradise that practices a relaxed way of life makes it a top tourist destination for couples, families, and anyone who longs to leave the pressures of the mainland behind. No matter which area you choose to visit, you are sure to be pleased as you are invited to take advantage of all that this string of beautiful and welcoming islands has to offer.

The Big Island of Hawaii is home to the Kona coast, the world’s most active volcano, and miles of beaches fit for swimming, surfing, and whale-watching. If it’s history you seek, there are old coffee plantations and restored villages up to three centuries old. If your vacation is incomplete without a round of golf, then don’t miss teeing off on the Konala coast. The Big Island offers a taste of all that is Hawaii, so be prepared for endless adventure and excitement if this is where you decide to unpack your bags.

Oahu also makes for a fascinating and rejuvenating visit. For families, the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, and the Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park are great options. And, as you would expect, the beaches here are perfect for whatever it is that calls you to the water. Be it surfing, parasailing, snorkeling or fishing, it is likely that Oahu’s coastline has a spot for you to make a few memories. If you’d prefer to check things out from a different perspective, a submarine ride will give you an up close and personal view of coral reefs, exotic marine life, and perhaps a dolphin or two.

Molokai, northwest of Oahu, is the site of the world’s tallest sea cliffs. Take a hike off the beaten path, or hop onto a mule train for a truly unique experience. If you happen to stop by during the summer, make plans to enjoy the Ka Hula Piko festival. The birthplace of the hula is sure to put on a great show as it celebrates this traditional dance, inviting visitors to join in the fun.

If you’re the kind of traveler who hopes to avoid crowds and traffic, then Lanai is probably the island for you. In a place where nature runs free, it is easy to adopt a relaxed perspective on life after a few days spent exploring the untamed land. The marine conservation area located in Hulopoe Bay will take you back to the Hawaii of yesteryear, and the peaceful beaches will surely motivate you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the solitude.

For mountain views and a wide sampling of exotic flora and fauna, visit Kauai, nicknamed the “Garden Isle.” Kauai offers something for everyone, with tourist attractions clustered on the South Shore and cliffs and strong waves to be found on the North Shore. Kokee State Park is home to the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” and scattered throughout the island you can locate all types of vacation rentals. From cool streams and waterfalls to beachside shops and restaurants, this island has it all.

Hawaii is an easy place to have a great vacation no matter where you lay your head at night, but be sure to choose a place to stay that will truly accentuate your island getaway. Vacation rentals often make good sense in Hawaii, as having a private space with lots of great features tends to make island living all the more appealing. Easy access to the beach and a deck with a perfect view of the sunset will make you feel like you haven’t a care in the world.

So if the gentle strum of a ukulele is calling out to you, be sure to reward yourself with the best experience possible. Skip waiting at restaurants and choose lodging that allows you to make your own romantic dinner. Forego a cramped hotel room with a tiny window facing a swimming pool, and reserve a beachside villa instead. An array of great Hawaii Vacation Rentals, can be viewed at HomeAway.com. If you’re going to Hawaii, go all the way.

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