Kauai: My Favorite Island

In recent weeks, seems I’ve been asked many times about recommendations for Hawaii. The Islands remain a top tourist destination for their abundant sunshine and warm weather, gorgeous beaches, and hospitality. Plus, from the mainland, fares are cheaper (many direct flights) than overseas destinations and you don’t have the hassle of passports and visas. Which island is my favorite? Which hotels would I recommend?

Kauai is absolutely my favorite. My family has been going there for years. It is quiet, lush, unpretentious, with gorgeous views and the real feeling of aloha. There are so many activities to choose from: kayaking, hiking, swimming, ziplining, renting atv’s, stand up paddleboarding, surfing, snorkeling and much more. The north shore, especially, confirms the image you have in mind of what an island should be: waterfalls, jagged cliffs, secluded beaches, quaint towns, jungles of greens. Yes, the north shore is the rainier side of the island, but you are rewarded with regular citings of gushing waterfalls and rainbows.
Where should you stay? If you can afford it, renting a house on Hanalei Bay would be my first choice. Kauai Vacation Rentals offers an excellent selection of homes. The homes are of great quality and clean. Or, again if you can afford it, the St. Regis in Princeville has,

hands down, the best view on the island, in fact, on any of the islands. Very pricey, with a small beachfront, but you can’t beat the views and quality service. Maybe spend just a few nights here, then combine with a stay on the south shore at Kiahuna Plantations (condos) or the Hyatt Regency, both in Poipu.

Photo credit: St. Regis Hotel

I do have recommendations of what to do and where to stay on the other islands. Contact me, if you really want to go to the other islands, after I’ve painted such a remarkable picture of Kauai.

Favorite Vacation Spots in Hawaii and California

You don’t have to travel overseas for a memorable vacation. Especially when air fares are expensive (imagine for a family of 5!) and time is limited, you can find special spots in Hawaii and California. Here are a few. For more details, or help with planning your trip to any of these locations, contact me.

Kauai, Hawaii. My favorite of the Hawaiian Islands. Quiet, lush, and relaxing.

 Anza-Borrego Desert, San Diego, California. Try this place with an RV.

Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California. Eclectic collection of art by wealthy publisher, William Randolph Hearst, with outstanding views of the valley and ocean.

Safari West, Santa Rosa, California. You don’t have to go to Africa to experience giraffes so close to you. Sleep overnight in a luxury tent.

Point Bonita Lighthouse, Marin, California.  An awesome walk with gorgeous views of San Francisco on a clear day. The suspension bridge to the lighthouse will open spring 2012.

City Hall, San Francisco, California. Take one of the free guided tours for an interesting history of city hall. Learn about Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.