There may not be one single best way to vacation in Hawaii, but there are plenty of ways to do it wrong. To have a great trip to the Aloha State, avoid these 12 pitfalls. Then again, if nothing says vacation like speeding tickets, painful stings, and bland food, by all means, ignore this advice for what not to do in Hawaii.
Don’t Automatically Opt for a Beachside Hotel
When imagining a perfect Hawaii vacation, many people envision a beachfront hotel with an ocean view. But staying off the beach has its advantages, too. First, you’re likely paying a lot less than you’d pay for an ocean view. High five. And second, you’re not going to get stuck in a beach rut.
Have I mentioned all the beaches in Hawaii are public? That means that any hotel’s beach is, essentially, your beach as well.
If you don’t have a default, roll-out-of-bed-and-onto-the-sand option, you’re far more likely to push yourself to find those incredible off-the-beaten-path spots that make a Hawaiian vacation truly memorable. And if you’re not holed up in a resort compound, you’ll also likely eat better food and see more of the island. That’s win-win, in my book.