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Hawaii or Southern California for Xmas/NY vacation?

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Hawaii or Southern California for Xmas/NY vacation?

We are travelling to Los Angles for a friend’s wedding on 27 Dec 2014 and will have almost a week following the wedding to ourselves before coming back to London on 3 Jan 2015. We have visited most attractions in Los Angles and Northern California (Big Sur, Santa Barbara, SF, Yosemite, Death Valley, Las Vegas etc.) during a 2 week road trip recently so we have two options to fill the week at the moment which we cannot decide.

Option A: 2-3 days in San Diego, 2-3 days in Palms Spring and Joshua Tree national park, 1-2 day in Disneyland and Orange County

Pros: more relaxed holiday

Cons: not great weather (cold and high chance of rain); short day light; too cold to enjoy the beach and to swim

Option B: spend the week in Hawaii (probably split the week between Oahu and Kauai)

Pros: great weather so we are able to enjoy the beach and to do activities like swim, snorkelling and hiking etc.

Cons: peak season in Hawaii with expensive hotels and big crowds; tight schedule

Any advice?

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11. Re: Hawaii or Southern California for Xmas/NY vacation?

If you've never been to HI I'd go there, but book soon since Christmas is one of their busiest seasons.

I also would not split time on two islands. My inclination would be to fly non-stop to Kauai from LAX and stay in Poipu.

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