I would love any input on 'where to stay' on the Big Island! My husband and I are planning to spend 4 nights there in early March (in between weekends on Oahu visiting my sister). It's a huge trip for us - our first time away from our 2-year old and my first time in Hawaii - kind of like a second honeymoon :) We're coming from Massachusetts (brrr!) so we're leaning towards staying on the west coast. What we would really love - and I haven't found so far in guidebooks and online - is a small walkable town on the beach that is not over-touristy but still has some shops and restaurants. Activity-wise, we plan to do a lot of snorkelling, beach walking, and hiking.
Any ideas on location/towns?
Specific hotel/B&B recommendations? Our price range is 100-200/night.
I'm also started to realize (from reading other posts) that a day trip to VNP may not be feasible. Any favorite places to stay there?