After leaving the lush windward side of Oahu, we travelled into Oahu's big city, Waikiki. We went back and forth on where to stay in Oahu when planning our trip. The decision was between Waikiki or the Ko Olina resort area. I can tell you that we 100% made the right choice in deciding to stay out of Waikiki.
Don't get me wrong, Waikiki is beautiful, but it is also like being back in NYC. It is super crowded, tourist driven and expensive. The beaches are packed, the restaurants are packed, everywhere is packed. Since we live in New York City, we wanted this vacation to be a tropical island escape, not a hustling and bustling tourist trap. For that reason, staying in Ko Olina was perfect, and renting a car to visit Waikiki was all that was needed.
After playing at the beach for a while, we headed down the main beach strip to take in the sights of Waikiki. The resorts are beautiful and the tropical plants and trees are gorgeous as well. There were lots of fun shops to stop in at, including a fun t-shirt shop that had both Jerry and I cracking up for a while.
Waikiki is definitely a place to check out while you are in Oahu, I just personally feel that half a day or a day at most is plenty of time to spend there, and other parts of the island are more beautiful and family friendly.
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