A Step Back In Time . . .To Paradise on the North Shore, O’ahu, Hawaii
The crash of giant waves, the feeling of sand on your feet, warming sun on your body tempered by a gentle wind, all in solitude –Paradise!
You might be thinking, “I can’t afford it.” Yet, we are talking about a like home beachfront cottage on the North Shore of O’ahu that is within reach of most of our budgets.
The North Shore is home to The Banzai Pipeline, world famous for it’s big waves, great scenery and un-crowded beaches. It is a trip back in time. A time when life’s pace moved more slowly and we enjoyed the simple pleasures of our surroundings.
To get there take the King Kamehamaha Highway heading northwest from Honolulu International Airport and you’ll soon break over top of a hill near the Dole Pineapple Plantation and WOW will be the first thing that pops into your mind as you get your first view of the heart of the North Shore and it’s boundless beaches and lay back life. The time of year matters little, the only important thing is that you’ve taken steps to rid your mind and body of the stress you’ve accumulated and to experience the power of major surf and sun to make you feel right with the world. It amazes me to this day that this slice of paradise is affordable and more.
“Location, location, location” applies on the North Shore as much or more as it does in any real estate choice. The Northwest portion of the North Shore is favored for it’s great sunsets and surf. As a drive around the island progresses the road turns back towards the east. Here lies the Northeast portion of the island. Edged by reefs and lacking exposure to the waves driven by the North Pacific storms the surf is calmer and the sunsets more muted.
Here are 4 tips to making the North Shore yours on a budget.
1. Avoid the hotels
One of the great charms of the North Shore is the almost complete lack of resorts and hotels. This is purposeful as the residents have blocked most development to help maintain the laid back nature of their area. The Turtle Bay Resort is the one exception. A beautiful location combined with a beautiful facility make this a delightful spot to stay, play and dine. Yet, it is not for the budget conscious.
On the Northeast shore you’ll find several hotels including a Marriott Courtyard, the Tiki Moon Villas and a few others that are easier on the pocket book. These lie close to the Polynesian Center and BYU-Hawaii. Rates run circa $100 per night below Turtle Bay.
2. Rent a beachfront cottage
At home in paradise, what could be better? There are many homes available for rent on the North Shore. They run from the very expensive to very affordable. You will find cottages and homes that run as low as $130.00 per night. If it’s just the two of you you’ll find both comfort and romance. If there is a group you’ll find larger homes that will fit most any sized group.
3. Be your own chef
With an abundance of fresh fish, caught by local amateur fisherpersons, fresh fruit and vegetables, harvested that day available this is a delightful way to eat well on a budget. Between Sunset Beach and Turtle Bay you’ll see several fruit and vegetable stands where you’ll find delightfully fresh produce. Fresh Fish signs along the road point into the neighborhoods where you’ll find the catch of the day waiting for you. If you have a hankering to catch your own book a fishing trip from the harbor in Haleiwa Town.
Make sure your home rental comes with an outdoor grill, fish somehow taste even better when grilled.
With the money you’ll save an evening at Pa’akai or the Kula Grille at Turtle Bay Resort will be within reach and provide a romantic setting for some great tasting farm or sea to table delights. And, don’t miss Ted’s Bakery for breakfast or lunch. Great burgers and Hawaiian fare along with some of the best pie you’ll ever eat are featured everyday.
4. Free Fun
Make sure your rental includes, water sports equipment and bicycles. These will provide hours of fun that is FREE!
Then don’t miss the beauty of The Waimea Valley where you’ll find insight into the Hawaiian lifestyle in earlier times as well as great hiking and the beauty of the Waimea River.
If town is more to your liking then give Haleiwa a try where you’ll find a quiet, delightful old town with shops and restaurants to fit your needs. Don’t miss Matsumoto Shave Ice for a great refreshing treat at one of Hawaii’s most famous shops, you’ll remember the great taste and experience far into the future.
Paradise on a budget is yours on the North Shore of Oahu.