Destination guide

Kauai is The Garden Isle

There's a reason that Kauai is called "The Garden Isle". It's one of the greenest islands on the Hawaiian archipelago. The most northern island in the chain, Kauai is characterized by rainforest-covered mountains, punctuated by tumbling cascades and flanked by a shoreline of white, sandy beaches, swaying palms and jagged cliffs. It's no wonder that it's been used as the backdrop to many a movie. It's not just its dramatic beauty. When you stay in a Kauai vacation rental, you can immerse yourself in the rich Polynesian history.

Things to do

A fascinating history to discover in Kauai

It's hard to beat the lush natural landscape of Kauai, but the Limahuli are giving it a good try with their beautiful terraced botanical garden, best experienced along the 1-mile looped trail. History buffs can step back in time at Grove Farm, a former sugar plantation whose main 19th-century house now serves as a museum. When you stay in a Kauai vacation rental, you shouldn't miss the Kauai Hindu Monastery which was bought by monks in the mid-60s. After a full day of sightseeing, swing by Tahiti Nui, an old fashioned tiki bar where the atmosphere is jovial and the menu extensive.

Activities

Gallop across Kauai's beaches

When you're stretched out on the white sand under a swaying palm looking out over the Pacific Ocean, it's hard to think about much else. That said, if you can muster the energy when you stay at a Kauai vacation rental, there's lots to do other than being a beach bum. Paddling along the Wailua River on rented kayaks is popular, as is hiking through Koke'e State Park. Alternatively, you can don a mask and flippers to explore the underwater world, or saddle up to gallop across the beach and up to a hidden waterfall for a dip and picnic.

Weather

Kauai is open for business, all year round

The afternoon winter rains in Hawaii don't stop the vacationers nabbing Kauai vacation rentals, in an effort to escape the cold back home. This pushes the prices up, particularly over Christmas and New Year. Likewise, the summer is often busy with families whose kids are on break from school. If you're looking for a little peace and quiet, try to visit in spring or fall. Between April and June or September and November the prices have dipped, the beaches are emptier and the weather wonderfully bright and sunny.

Natural features

Tropical birds and fluking whales in Kauai

If you're a birdwatcher, be sure to pack those binoculars because you're not going to want to miss the sight of more than 80 tropical birds that use the island to nest, many of which are endemic to Kauai. If you forget, fear not. You'll still be able to hear the morning call of songbirds, like melodious laughing thrushes. If birds aren't your thing, look to the ocean where the marine life can't fail to impress. There are few wildlife encounters that match up to snorkeling with sea turtles, or spotting the fin of a blue whale fluking.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Kauai

The nearest airport is in Lihue, HI (LIH), located 14 mi (22.5 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Kauai, US?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,112 vacation rentals near Kauai. From 844 Houses to 2,489 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kauai for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Kauai?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kauai. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Poipu: 1,498 vacation rentals
  • Kapaa: 2,488 vacation rentals
  • Hanalei: 1,867 vacation rentals
  • Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai: 157 vacation rentals
  • Poipu Beach: 1,495 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Kauai! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Kauai?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kauai:

  • Kapaa: 2,488 rentals
  • Hanalei: 1,867 rentals
  • Kilauea: 1,602 rentals
  • Waimea: 4,101 rentals
  • Haena: 1,495 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Kauai?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Kauai. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Hanalei Bay: 1,544 rentals
  • Maniniholo Dry Cave: 2,199 rentals
  • Koke'e State Park: 1,607 rentals
  • Hanalei Pier: 2,375 rentals
  • Poipu Bay Golf Course: 2,494 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kauai listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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