Picture-postcard views greet travelers at every turn on vacations in Hawaii. Graceful palm trees shade golden beaches, sunsets turn evening skies orange and purple and the sound of the surf provides an evening lullaby. Book a hotel in Hawaii and pack your bags for paradise.
Get your bearings
Hawaii is a chain of more than 100 volcanic islands, but most tourists spend their time on the three largest: Hawaii, home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and often called the Big Island; Maui, to the west, with 80 golden beaches; and Oahu, farther west, home to Honolulu and world-famous Waikiki Beach. Most overseas flights land in Honolulu. Regional flights are the best way to travel from island to island.
For romantic vacations in Hawaii, head to Maui, where 120 miles of shoreline, 80 beaches and dozens of cozy B&B inns create a grown-up tropical retreat. Spend the day sunbathing and swimming at Kapalua Beach, its strand fringed with palms and its waters calm and refreshing. Drive to the top of Mount Haleakala to share an unforgettable sunrise and the opportunity to be kissed 10,000 feet above sea level. Sunset views are naturally best on the western coast—just choose a restaurant with a terrace and relax over mai tais. Seaside hotels guarantee a quiet evening, with the sound of the surf lulling you to sleep.
Each of Hawaii’s islands claim picture-perfect beaches, but none is more famous that Oahu’s Waikiki Beach. Book a hotel on Hawaii’s famous strand and make the short walk to the water for sunbathing, swimming or surfing lessons. Visit Oahu’s North Shore beaches, like Pipeline, to watch some of the finest surfers in the world. Maui’s Kaanapali Beach is one of the island’s best, with four miles of golden sand, first-rate snorkeling at Black Rock, and ample beach hotels and outdoor cafés. The Big Island’s beaches are few but unusual: Punaluu, a black-sand beach; Green Sands Beach near Ka Lae; and Anaehoomalu Bay’s salt-and-pepper beach.