There are many reasons to plan a vacation getaway to Hawaii. Why? Because this tropical paradise has it all. Beautiful beaches, long days filled with sunshine, luxurious resorts, beautiful year-round weather and plenty of opportunity to relax on “island time.” Each island in Hawaii offers a unique vacation getaway experience that will keep you close to the sparkling waters of the Pacific. However a trip to Honolulu will have you dreaming of your next Hawaiian getaway long before you board that plane to return home.

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Beaches

While in Hawaii, you might become overwhelmed by all of the amazing things available to see and do that you might not have enough time to go to the beach. That may sound crazy to you, but it happens. That is why you must carve out at least one day of your Hawaiian vacation to spend all day at the beach. Or make plans to spend one morning and one afternoon at the beach.

Beaches in Hawaii vary in size and color, with each beach having its own benefits. For example, some beaches are better for swimming, while others are perfect for having a picnic lunch or walking the beach at sunset. Here is a list of some of the most popular beaches in Honolulu:

  • Halona Beach Cove
  • Kuhio Beach
  • Makapuu Beach Park
  • Sandy Beach
  • Waikiki Beach

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Accommodations

Hawaii is known for having resorts and hotels that are just as beautiful as the island itself. This includes everything from five-star luxurious resorts to family-friendly hotels. Some offer both. Many resorts know that families want to feel like they are royalty while on vacation, but also know that those traveling without kids want some peace and quiet. That is why they offer the best of both worlds.

Top resorts and hotels in Honolulu include:

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Activities

Everything about Hawaii makes it the perfect vacation getaway and offers plenty of outdoor activities and adventures year round. Everything from snorkeling to surfing and scuba diving to parasailing can be enjoyed during your Hawaiian getaway. Plus, there are interior mountains and valleys that are just calling for you to explore.

Top activities near Honolulu include:

  • Kaena Point – hiking
  • Shark’s Cove – diving and snorkeling
  • Aiea Loop Trail – biking
  • Waikiki Beach – learning to surf
  • Royal Hawaiian Golf Club – golfing
Attractions

In addition to the many activities and adventure you can have while in Hawaii, you can also enjoy visiting some of the state’s most popular attractions. These attractions include:

  • Taking a drive to Hana on Maui where you will see amazing views of waterfalls, ocean waters and lush tropical forests
  • Pearl Harbor on Oahu is home to the Arizona Memorial and is a must see when visiting Hawaii
  • Watch the Lava Show on the Big Island at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at night
  • Explore Kauai’s Napali Coast where you will see amazing cliffs and beautiful emerald green colors
  • Take a boat tour from Maui and go whale watching
  • Attend a luau, where you will be treated to local cuisine and an amazing performance
  • Take a tour of Waimea Canyon and Waterfalls
  • Take the Taste of Maui Island Tour
  • Climb the Kilauea Lighthouse on the northernmost tip of Kauai
  • Go snorkeling in the Molokini Crater

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Scenic Spots

Anyone who has ever visited Hawaii can tell you that it is one of the most scenic states to visit. It has everything from the panoramic views of the Pacific to lush green landscapes and fabulous beaches to quaint bungalows nestled along the Pacific waters. Scenic spots near Honolulu include Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Waikiki Beach (at sunset) and Bellows Beach Park.

Other scenic sights in Hawaii include:

  • Maui: Road to Hana, Makena Beach and Haleakala
  • The Big Island: Top of Mauna Kea (at sunset), Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and Waipio Valley Overlook
  • Kauai: Waimea Canyon, Kee Beach and Hanalei Valley Lookout
Dining

One of the best things about visiting Hawaii, aside from the weather, is the opportunity to try new cuisine options, including local fare. Hawaii is home to restaurants that are perfect for a formal or casual dining experience, including everything from fit for flip flops to being dressed up in a tuxedo.

Top award-winning restaurants in Honolulu include:

As you can see, there are many reason to visit Hawaii, including spending time in Honolulu. You will find that there is not enough time to see, do and experience it all so make plans for your next Hawaiian vacation before you ever set foot off of the island.

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Heather Landon is a freelance writer with more than 20 years of experience. She has combined two of her passions – writing and travel – to share her experiences with others. You can read more of her articles at Examiner.com.
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