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Places to stay on the North Shore?

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Places to stay on the North Shore?

We are planning on spending a week in Oahu next year for our honeymoon. We were thinking of spending 3 or 4 nights in Waikiki and the rest on the North Shore. Done a bit of googling and can't really find much in the way of accommodation for the North Shore, except for Turtle Bay resort. We were hoping for something a bit more intimate! Anyone know of any hidden gems in that area? BnB's, condos, cottages are all good. We aren't looking to stay in the lap of luxury. Just a beautiful location, close to the beach.


1. Re: Places to stay on the North Shore?

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2. Re: Places to stay on the North Shore?

Check out the Ke'iki Beach Bungalows (I think it's keikibeach.com) It just might suit your needs.

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3. Re: Places to stay on the North Shore?

On our circle island tour they said of one of the local hotels (or something) that was really cheap and local... can't think of the name at the second (sorry)... it is like the only one around there...

it was close to the surfing beaches...

They are anti- Turtle Bay Resort up there...

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4. Re: Places to stay on the North Shore?

The State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) lists 25 registered lodging facilities in the North Shore District with a total of 790 units. They range from individual houses to the Turtle Bay Hotel.

Go to the DBEDT website, look under "visitor statistics" and "2004 visitor plant inventory" (page 35) for a complete list. Most of the properties shown will have websites. There are numerous other B&Bs and rental homes, but they are technically illegal. Not that the police will knock on the door in the middle of the night, but there is much controversy surrounding their use (it is oft discussed in the forum).

Also, the Turtle Bay Hotel is in great shape (I was there last month for a corporate retreat), much better than in past years. While many of the locals do not approve of the long-range development plans for the resort, which were approved 15 years ago and will likely never be built-out, there are very, very few (if any) who would like to see the resort with its jobs and restaurants go away.

The cheapy "North Shore" hotel often referred to is probably Pat's at Punaluu, an older, slightly rundown vacation condominium/hotel located on the oceanfront in the northerly/windward area of the island.

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Just stayed at the Keiki beach bunglows for four days in January and loved it. We were two couples in Hawaii for the first time and would recommend it highly. Take a beach front unit for the extra money because it it worth the feel of the ocean. If you have trouble sleeping because of crashing waves don't take the beach units. It can be noisy. The beach is extremly quiet of other people and you are 10 minute walk down the beach to the Pipline, for the biggest waves and surfers on the earth.

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6. Re: Places to stay on the North Shore?

I recommend going to vrbo.com and looking at all the vacation rentals on there. The North Shore seems to be about 50% vacation homes, as far as I can tell.

We have stayed at this cottage twice in the past three years, http://www.vrbo.com/25473. They couple who owns it also has three or four other properties, one of which we stayed at in 2002. THAT one is a 3BR right on the beach just down from Pipeline and was amazing. It was right across from Ted's famous pie place. The cottage is darling and clean and a one "block" walk to the shark's Cove snorkel spot but is set back from the beach by another home. It is right next door to the Ke Iki Bungalow complex but is not part of it. The owners of these properties are really nice people and very easy to work with.