Vacation Rentals in Hawaii can be a great alternative to more traditional accommodation options. If you are traveling with a group or family, or plan to do at least some of your own cooking, a major benefit of a Hawaii vacation rental is that most of them will come with a kitchenette or a full kitchen. Other amenities can vary widely so no matter your style, there will be a vacation rental to fit your needs.
Hawaii Vacation Rentals is a great site that breaks down listings on Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, and the Big Island by grouping them geographically. You’ll be able to click through to individual property information and view other areas that are close by. I find this the easiest way to search for a vacation rental in Hawaii. Craigslist is another option but as these listings are all posted individually by owner you don’t get the benefit of being able to view them on a map or relative to each other. If you are somewhat familiar with the areas that you are looking into, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Things to consider when choosing your vacation rental
Location. This is, of course, the number one factor to consider when picking any type of accommodation. In Hawaii, you’ll want to consider whether you’re looking to stay in a main tourist area or a little off the beaten path. Both can have benefits. For example, if you’ll be staying in Waikiki, you’ll find vacation rentals in condos that may feel almost like a hotel. Alternatively, you could choose a quiet country cottage in Hana, Maui, where you’ll be secluded and far away from the hustle and bustle. Location can determine if you’ll be renting a car or not, so remember to factor this into your decision as well.
Budget. No matter what your budget, you will find options for vacation rentals. From budget condos or studios all the way up to a luxury home rental, there will be listings in every price category. Consider the number of bedrooms in your planning – sometimes splitting an entire house can be more economical than a few couples renting hotel rooms. This makes vacation rentals a popular option for destination weddings or groups traveling together. Cancellation fees can be steep, so make sure to secure your dates before looking into your lodging.
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Amenities. Be sure to read the listings carefully when comparing vacation rentals. Sometimes having specific amenities (pool? proximity to public transport? full kitchen or kitchenette? internet? laundry?) can make or break your vacation. If you’re renting a car, make sure that there is parking available.
Reputation. After doing your research and reading online reviews, you’ll also want to be sure to contact the owners directly and to ask for references if possible. This will help to give you a better idea of what facilities are like and to get specific questions answered if you have any.
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