“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I’ll never forget the first time I walked with my wife and children down the greenbelt pathway in Southern Kauai to Poipu Beach. The sweet, salty smell of the ocean, the beautiful hibiscus trees, the world famous Hawaiian breeze, and the unforgettable dark blue hue of the Pacific, framed by palm trees. We had the trip of a lifetime and since I’ve been working for the Villas at Poipu Kai over the past few years I’ve got some great tips for you to plan your upcoming vacation.
Where you should stay
Like any vacation, where you decide to stay and spend your time will make or break your trip. One advantage of Kauai is that you’re never more than an hour or two from any other location on the island at any given time. The best place to stay is on the sunny, Southern shore. Specifically, the Poipu neighborhood is the perfect place to book your vacation rental or hotel. Make no doubt, you need to spend some time on the North Shore during your trip, but it is crowded and more difficult to get around up there. In the Poipu neighborhood you are a 5-minute walk from some of the best beaches on the island: Poipu, Brenneke, and Shipwreck.
How long your trip should be
If you’re traveling from the mainland, I recommend at least 7 nights. Especially if you’re traveling with children because you lose 2 days just getting to/from Kauai and there is usually an adjustment to the new time zone. You want to make sure that you get some good time on the island when you can enjoy normal hours and not be falling asleep at 5:00PM.
When you should visit
The easy answer is whenever you can. If you have flexibility on schedule and budget, there is not a bad time to visit Kauai. If you’re looking to maximize your time and budget then I highly suggest you consider a trip during the months of May, September, October, November, or the first 2 weeks of December. Oftentimes during low season you can get lodging at half the normal price. By far the busiest time of the year is during the holidays and during the heart of winter in January and February.
Embrace the spirit of Aloha
During your limited time in Kauai, do your best to be present and embrace the local culture and spirit of Aloha. What is the spirit of Aloha, you ask?
- A – Akahai, which means kindness
- L – Lokahi, which means unity
- O – Oluolu, which means agreeable (pleasant)
- H – Haahaa, which means humility
- A – Ahonui, which means patience
Put simply: slow down, be kind, and smile, because you’re in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
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