View of Kauai from a helicopter

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10 reasons to plan a relaxing getaway to Kauai for 2021

Many of us are dreaming of tropical getaways right now. We're envisioning a world where a hammock sways between two palm trees, waves lap softly against a shore and peaceful beauty stretches as far as the eye can see.

If we just described you, then you might want to consider a getaway to Kauai for 2021 (when it will hopefully be safer to travel again). Here are 10 reasons why this Hawaiian island could be the best place for you to decompress.

1. Rainbows everywhere

Kauai is like a magical cloud land, full of green vistas, inviting skies and ribbons of color. In fact, Hanalei on the north coast of Kauai has been called the rainbow capital of the world.

2. Beautiful beaches

It's no secret that Kauai is home to world-class beaches. There are places like Poipu Beach Park that have protected areas for swimming, making them wonderful for long days at the beach with the family.

3. Unparalleled hiking

Imagine walking a dirt path and having the trees open in front of you to reveal a view on a turquoise ocean. That's exactly what you'll find on Kalalau Trail, along with an array of waterfalls and sea caves.

4. Tropical flowers

Kauai is known as the "Garden Island" for good reason. Almost everywhere you look, you see tons and tons of vibrant, fragrant flowers. You can experience them all – often in a lei around your neck.

5. Top-notch food

There's a cuisine for every palate, whether you're looking to try poke, the local seafood delicacy, or you're wanting to sample a world-famous Puka Dog – Hawaii's take on a hot dog.

6. Supreme snorkeling

Kauai is just as colorful under the water as it is above. Check it out by snorkeling at Lydgate Beach Park, the perfect spot for a novice. It's encircled by a lava rock wall, which keeps the waters calm and clear.

7. Hawaiian history

One way to experience history is by visiting heiau (Hawaiian temples), and the best spot is in Wailua. It's known as one of the most sacred places in all of Hawaii.

8. Exceptional kayaking

Kayaking offers a totally different vantage point – and there are so many places to paddle on Kauai. You can explore by sea off the Na Pali Coast or glide down one of the island's peaceful rivers.

9. Awe-inspiring natural wonders

There are so many natural wonders to take in on the island. To name a few, there's the Queen's Bath, Waimea Canyon, Opaekaa Falls and the Na Pali Coast itself.

10. Glorious sunrises and sunsets

There's just nothing like tropical sunrises and sunsets. And the best part? No physical exertion necessary. Just don't forget your camera.

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