Kauai Vacation Planning {Travel Week}

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This week is travel week on the blog! I will share my travel tips and favorite spots from our travels to Germany and Turkey. I will also cover two of my favorite U.S. destinations– Greenport, NY, and Santa Barbara, CA. To start the week off, I will begin with our recent trip to Kauai!

On to my dream babymoon in Kauai. We were very fortunate to get travel recommendations from a few friends before we left and then on the plane sat next to a gentleman who had been to Kauai over 20 times! He expertly recommended shops and restaurants, and we really benefited from his local knowledge. We stayed on the south side of the island near Poipu. Here are my recommendations from sights and restaurants to beauty tips.

What to See

1. Helicopter Tour – Expensive yes, but the only way to see much of the island, since so much is inaccessible by road. Worth the cost and spectacular  views of the stunning island.

2. Poipu Beach and Spouting Horn

3. Princeville Beach & the town of Hanalei – Take an afternoon drive through this scenic area!

4. Waimea Canyon

5. Hiking – Na Pali Trail

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Where to Eat

Breakfast and Lunch

1. Brennecke’s – Open all day, starting at 7 AM for early risers. Great location and nice deck.

2. Da Crack – Order the breakfast burrito special of the day.

3. Nalu Kai at the St. Regis – If you are not staying at the St. Regis,  it is worth the trip. Refreshing drinks and appetizers are served on their poolside patio restaurant facing the water. I would order a salad, burger, or sandwich. The St. Regis also has an amazing brunch on Sundays.

4. Kilauea Fish Market – Order the Ahi Wrap or other fresh fish wrap. Delicious!

Dinner

1. Merriman’s – A little fancy, but a great spot to watch the sunset over the hills! Delicious, fresh fish caught daily. Be sure to make reservations and ask for a great table with a view.

2. Tidepools  at the Grand Hyatt – Open-air bungalow-style restaurant surrounded by a koi pond. I ordered the prime rib and it was amazing! It is served with a hawaiian salt and herb rub, and finished with a delicious horseradish cream sauce. I think it was my most favorite prime rib ever and it is a huge portion, so you can share some with your significant other!

3. Josselin’s — Tapas style restaurant. Order the Kale Salad!

Drinks

1. The Boathouse 

2. RumFire

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Where to Sleep

1. Local Hotel – Grand Hyatt, St. Regis, Marriott, Wyndham Grand, Sheraton, and Westin

2. Rent a Condo – This is a great option if you are more than two people. We will look into this option for future trips.

 

When to Go

I was told the best times to go to Hawaii are early May and October. The December holidays seem like another nice option, but flight costs might make it too expensive. We enjoyed our trip in June, it was not too warm, and we had comfortable breezes most of the day. I think late July and August could be a little warm for my enjoyment.

There is a rainy season and the north usually gets more rain than the south side. We enjoyed our stay on the south side of the island, but both ares are beautiful and unique!

Transportation can be an issue on the island. I would recommend renting a jeep to get you from the airport to the hotel and then you can take a few day trips.

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Fashion and Hair Tips

One thing I will say about the weather in Kauai is that it can be humid. Pack light-weight, breathable clothes like tunics, and coverups to keep cool. At night, you might experience some light rain or a cool breeze, so every evening, I prepared with a layered cardigan or sweater. Everyone is pretty relaxed though and even the fancy restaurants did not have a strict dress code.

Living in California, I haven’t had to deal with frizzy hair days and forgot what a pain it can be to keep it under control. Let me just say my hair quickly found itself in a ponytail for most of the trip. I felt like Monica from Friends in Hawaii! Do you remember that episode when she is in Hawaii and her hair keeps getting bigger and bigger?! Well at that time, it seemed like a real exaggeration, but my advice don’t fight the frizz and humidity, just be prepared to pull the hair back!

We really loved our babymoon to rustic, beautiful Kauai! In the future, we hope to see Maui and Oahu. Hawaii is a relatively quick flight from California and a great travel option for west coast travelers!

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