Hawaii’s 4th largest island may not be as well-traveled as Oahu, the Big Island, or Maui, but Kauai’s vibrant and lush greenery, rugged terrain, and stunning beaches make it a favorite vacation spot for both Hawaii residents and out-of-towners. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, play a round of golf, explore the natural wonders of the island, or do a little of all three, Kauai’s got you covered. And with a ton of condo rental options available to choose from, you’ll have no problem finding a home base for the perfect family vacation or romantic getaway.
When to rent a vacation home in Kauai
Thanks to its tropical climate, Kauai enjoys pleasant temperatures all year long. It’s really the rain forecast you’ll want to pay attention to, especially as Kauai gets a lot of it compared to the other Hawaiian islands. The weather also varies depending on where you are on the island, with the windward sides (east and north) getting the cooler, wetter weather and the leeward sides (west and south) enjoying hotter, drier climes. In general, though, the rainy season runs from November to March, which is also Kauai’s overall busy season since many vacationers want to escape frigid temperatures back home. So aim for a visit in the spring or fall if you’re looking to soak up more of the sun, beat the crowds, and nab a bargain on your condo rental.
Top cities for condo rentals in Kauai
Kauai is bit on the rural, quaint, and rugged side, and strict building restrictions mean you won’t find a ton of massive condo resorts here. But there are plenty of smaller, more intimate condo communities to choose from that offer a mix of high-quality amenities, stunning beachfront views, and access to delicious dining options. That said, there’s no main road that circles the entire island. So while the island is small, you may hit some traffic or need to backtrack when navigating around, and it’s wise to pick a rental within the vicinity of most of your must-see spots. If you need somewhere to start, here are three of the most popular cities for condo rentals on the island.
Soak up the sun in Poipu
On Kauai’s south side is Poipu, home to the stunning Poipu Beach, with its striking crescent-shaped curves of sand and bright turquoise waters. You’ll have no trouble finding things to do by the ocean, whether you prefer to spend the day swimming, surfing, snorkeling, or just laying out in the sun. There are vacation rentals aplenty in and around Poipu, some oceanfront and others just a short walk away from the beach, restaurants, and shops. With full-size kitchens, stunning views of the gardens or the ocean, pools, and poolside grilling stations, you’ll have everything you need to feel like you’re in your own beach home away from home. A few, like the Kiahuna, even offer vacationers access to the Poipu Beach Athletic Club, so you can pop into a yoga or barre class before heading out to explore.
Explore Hawaii’s many natural wonders in Princeville
The impressive volcanic cliffs of the Na Pali Coast form the backdrop for vacation rentals in Princeville, which is on the north shore of Kauai. The condos are on top of a bluff overlooking the ocean, so you have a fantastic vantage point to take in stunning views of the Pacific Ocean on one side and the lush greenery of the Halelea Forest on the other. But those looking for beach access won’t be disappointed either. Stairs provide public access to pockets of “hidden” beaches nestled between the cliffs, like Puu Poa Beach and Pali Ke Kua Beach, a top spot for surfers. Rentals here tend to be upscale and stylish, with full-kitchens, in-unit washers and dryers, tennis courts, pools, jacuzzis, BBQ grills, and fitness centers. Restaurants, shops, and world-class golf courses are also within a short drive or walk away.
Head to Kapaa for a vacation that has a little of everything
Situated just 15 minutes by car from Lihue, Kauai’s commercial center and home to its only airport, Kapaa is a top spot for those looking to blend an island getaway with bigger city conveniences. There’s plenty to explore in Kapaa: spend a day hiking in and around the Nounou Mountain (also known as the Sleeping Giant), catching some waves at Kealia Beach, or popping in and out of shops in Old Kapaa Town. You’ll find plenty of oceanfront condos and ones with spectacular ocean views. Some rentals even come equipped with beach gear, such as boogie boards, chairs, and towels, for you to use during your stay. Full-size kitchens, on-site grills, and easy access to grocery stores enable vacationers to cook meals at home, but there are also tons of top-rated dining options within walking distance.