If you’re traveling to the beachfront neighborhood of Waikiki, located in Honolulu on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, it’s time to start planning your amazing trip to paradise. Check out this awesome list of places to visit (and what to avoid) while staying on the tropical island:
Check Out: Kapiolani Park
Kapiolani Park is the largest and oldest park in all of Hawaii. Located on the east end of Waikiki, there are all kinds of great activities here. Kapiolani is home to The Waikiki Shell, an outdoor concert venue that has great performances year round. In the park, you will also find the Honolulu Zoo, spanning over 300 acres, and housing over 1,200 animals in specially designed habitats. There’s also the Kapiolani Beach Park, a beautiful white sand public beach, with plenty of room for swimming and relaxing.
Check Out: Kuhio Beach Park
In addition to Kapiolani’s beach, Kuhio Beach Park is a highly popular beachfront area for tourists in O’ahu, largely due to the semi-protected waters here. The two surf breaks located at Kuhio, Queen’s and Canoes, make for some great surfing on the south side of the island, and this beach hosts several surfing competitions every year.
Check Out: Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon
Named after the professional surfer and Olympic swimming champion Duke Kahanamoku, this man-made lagoon is the perfect place for some Hawaiian relaxation. The lagoon underwent a $15 million beautification project in 2006, introducing a new water circulation system, and shallower waters that made it the perfect swimming spot for all ages.
Check Out: Waikiki Beach Walk
This stretch on Lewers Street has become a popular destination for tourists, offering a wide range of restaurants and hotel accommodations, like The Breakers Hotel. Colorful and exciting, it’s a must see if you’re visiting the area or if you just want to go shopping around.
Check Out: Fort DeRussy Military Reservation
If you’re looking for something a little bit more enriching than just pure relaxation while staying in Waikiki, consider checking out the Fort DeRussy reservation. Built during the American Civil War, the fort is unfenced and mostly accessible to the public. Housed here is the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii, which contains a free exhibit on U.S Army warfare in the Pacific.
As with any vacation destination, there are people in Waikiki looking to sell you something. Don’t feel obligated to purchase anything from strangers wandering the area, and report anyone who attempts to sell you illegal substances while visiting.
Waikiki is a popular beach destination for many reasons. Its gorgeous white sand beaches and great entertainment options will make for a vacation you won’t soon forget! Next time you are Hawaii bound, make sure to plan a few days on the Waikiki beaches.