The Hawaiian Islands have something for everyone and every budget. Friendly, free-spirited locals provide a glimpse of Hawaii’s deeply-rooted island culture; while the tropical paradise is a landscape of picturesque beaches, lush greenery, massive volcanoes and tourist-friendly beach towns bustling with boutiques and countless delectable cuisine options.
But with so many options, how do you figure out where to go and what to do? We spoke with Boscov’s Travel Specialist, Susie Roth. Susie and her family have made Hawaiian travel a tradition. With seven journeys under her belt and more planned for the future, it’s safe to say Hawaii is a passion for her. The following information comes from this dedicated fan of the Hawaiian Islands.
When to Visit
Although many people believe there’s no wrong time to visit Hawaii, spring and fall tend to lend themselves toward more favorable conditions. Summer can be crowded, while winter is likely to be more expensive. A moderate rainy season occurs December through April.
How to Get There
You may be surprised to find that although most airlines require a connection from the East coast to Hawaii, Continental Airlines features nonstop, 10-hour flights from Newark to Honolulu.
If a 10-hour flight isn’t up your alley, break up your travel time with a pit-stop somewhere fun, such as California. You’ll want to take off a minimum of nine days from your every-day life for travel and vacation time.
Where to Stay
Aston or Outrigger resorts are two good, affordable options, especially for families. Condos are available for groups interested in having their own kitchen during the stay. Couples may enjoy staying at a Marriott, Hyatt or Four Seasons resort. Also, we’ll be featuring Disney’s new Aulani Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, O’ahu; in an upcoming post, so keep your eyes peeled.
What to Do
Hawaii, for the most part, does not feature all-inclusive resorts like one would find in the Caribbean or Mexico. It’s easy to get around, so guests are encouraged to explore on their own. With the exception of Honolulu, which has public transit, you’ll want to rent a car to expand your search for meals, sightseeing options and nightlife. This provides a wonderful opportunity to save money while enjoying a more intimate cultural experience. Pick up a good Hawaii guidebook detailing the area you’re visiting for fun, often free or inexpensive, things to do.
Check back later for more on Hawaii activities, island features and, of course, Disney’s new Hawaiian resort and spa, Aulani.
Susie Roth has 20 years of travel experience and also specializes in Caribbean and Walt Disney World travel. For travel arrangements and expert advice, contact Susie at 610-779-8640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, find your local Boscov’s Travel Specialist or call 800-755-8020.
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