I am about to make a solo trip (male, late 20s) in September and I would like it to be something mostly relaxing involving bit of surf (total beginner), swimming, meeting people and a nice landscape. I will be in California before that, so I was thinking to go for a week in Hawaii and stay in a hostel.. Problem is, I saw Honolulu pics with the Skyscrapers etc, and I didn't really like the feel. Seemed too touristic and commercialized. Is the whole city like that? The whole island? Is there any other place in the islands that is better for me? I'd like to see some traditional small towns etc..
I am also going to NY, so I was could easily go to the Caribbean from there instead (Jamaica or Dominican Republic). Is it a better option for me? Or should I just stick to the Californian coast and forget the islands?
Many thanks!Edited: 25 June 2013, 20:53