I'm currently in the process of deciding which Island to go to (Kauai vs Maui)... but I believe Kauai is the one I will head too. As much as I would like my 30th birthday (aka a milestone) to be super special... I have a budget due to a Safari I'm planning in January....
There will be two of us (both female) - me (will turn 30 August 3) and mother (57). Dates: July 31 (will land in Kauai at 7-8PM) and leave sometime in August 9 - so 9 nights. We also plan on renting a car (fingers crossed there is GPS in the car).
Basically I need help deciding where to stay and at what. My initial thoughts were resort or hotel. But I got a great suggestion in the main forum for condos. So here's what I'm HOPING for in terms of location:
1- On a beach (hopefully - this would be a dream)
2- Close to shopping (not sure what type of shopping there is)
3- Has parking space (since we're renting a car)
4- PREFFERABLE wifi - but not a necessity
5- Don't want to spend over $300/night x9 nights - again I am on a budget...
6- Close to activities... things I want to do so far include:
-Kauai's Premiere Air & Sea Combo Tour - https:/…air-sea-combo-tour.php
- Perhaps another Na Pali boat tour... not sure
-Waimea Canyon (not sure if we're doing this on our own or through a operator)
-Culture tour (no idea what to do here too)
-OTHERS (will be another post asking for activity suggestions since I'm Hawaii Naive)
Any suggestions? I read the "north shore" is absolutely fantastic - I believe that is Hanalei/ Princeville location??? Eitherway I took a quick look and all the condos seem rather expensive (at least the ones with a view)... unless I'm not looking right
Problem looking at tripadvisor is, I don't know what's on the beach and what not. Also when I add "parking" as an amenity - the list shrinks by 90% - do condos really have no parking? Or just forgot to add to description? Finally my problem with condos is the price really adds up - there is cleaning fees, resort fees, mid cleaning fees and almost 14% tax (this really adds up quickly)...
Help? Suggestions? Any advice is appreciated