An often overlooked option for accommodations in Honolulu and the surrounding areas are vacation rentals. What is essentially a residential homed turned visitor-friendly vacation home is a great option for large groups, honeymooners who want privacy or for those who like to enjoy the more local experience, rather than in a mainstream resort.
Hawaiian Beach House — Photo courtesy of Banzai Hiroaki
What’s great about vacation homes is that they’re located in unique places. A high majority are right on or near the ocean, and many are in residential neighborhood so you get a more “local” experience. In Hawaii you can also find many of them located up in the mountains with expansive ocean views or nestled in dense forest and the cooler tropical air.
One thing that’s good to know about vacation rentals is that most have a minimum night stay requirement. Three nights is a common requirement, but be sure to take note of it when researching and/or booking your stay. They all have cleaning fees too, usually $100-150 or so on top of the nightly fee.Just something to take into consideration if you’re comparing prices with a hotel.
Rather than waking up in a hotel room, you can wake up in a beautiful or simple home right on the beach and role out of bed into the sand. You can have a yard for family barbecues and candlelit outdoor dinners. They’re even great for having parties while on vacation for those who are visiting for a wedding or birthday trip. You have a lot more freedom with vacation rentals than hotel rooms.
On Oahu the North Shore is a great option for vacation rentals due to the proximity to the beach and popular bike trail lining it. The east side in the Kailua area is a good one too.