Experience Oahu This Winter
Oahu is Hawaii’s most populated island, with wonderful city nightlife and an excellent culinary scene in the state capitol, Honolulu. However, this bustling atmosphere does not mean you cannot find your own pocket of tranquility on the island. I love Oahu’s sunny leeward side beaches for snorkeling or sailing, but those seeking lush tropical escapes can find peaceful paradise on the less populated (and high rise-free) windward side.
Those wanting to experience resort living, golf, and plenty of amenities will want to base an Oahu stay on the ‘city side’ along the coast adjacent to Honolulu. This is where you will find the top island resorts, condos, and most vacation communities. Party-goers will want to plant themselves right along the beach at Waikiki, but quieter areas are closer than most people think. A 20 minute drive from the Honolulu airport plants visitors in peaceful oceanfront resorts. As a plus, Honolulu is a short cab ride away for a night out.
Oahu’s North Shore and Windward side (northeast and northwest) feature much less development; here is where you will find smaller vacation homes and less crowded beaches. The sun, however, may be hiding. The windward town of Kailua offers shops, eateries, and plenty of beach equipment rentals, and is a short drive from the North Shore, proudly displaying Hawaii’s surf culture. Seven miles of world-class surfing beaches stretch along the North Shore, offering plenty of entertainment for surfers as well as spectators.
Central Oahu is home to the famous Dole Plantation and the Hawaii Plantation Village, where Hawaii’s past comes alive. To the south, Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor offers a more sobering reminder of history.
-Destination Expert Amy Whitley
Click here to read more information on our Oahu Winter Travel Guide.
The VacationRoost Team