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7 day vacation over Christmasn

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7 day vacation over Christmasn

I am an adult (40) going on vacation with my fit and active parents for a week during Christmas. Any advice on where to go and stay. We can't do a Four Seasons but are not on a tight budget. We want a beautiful setting with some fun activities including golf. Nothing really touristy.

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1. Re: 7 day vacation over Christmasn

Here are some comments that I hope will be helpful.

+ Always count your nights - you'll have 6 nights? Time for one Island only.

+ What do you like to do? What attracts you to Hawaii?

+ How much do you know about Hawaii? Pick up a copy of "Hawaii for Dummies," a highly-recommended travel guide that covers all the Islands. And get a good map as well. Pull up www.gohawaii.com. It's terribly commercial and sketchy, but helpful for first-timers.

+ It's time to do your homework. You need to acquaint yourself with Hawaii ... know your options before pinning anything down. There are 5 major Islands ... and they share similarities - but are very different, too. We can toss ideas to you until your head spins ... but you need to dig in and discover what sounds good to you.

+ You're not too early to plan for Christmas! It's a VERY busy time of the year. You will want to reserve your car in advance, as well as other activities once you have chosen your Island. Choosing your Island is step one.

+ Once you have chosen an Island, or if you have Island-specific questions, post on the individual Island Forums (Island of Maui Forum, Island of Kauai Forum, etc.). If you want our assistance with accommodations, please share your nightly accommodations budget (and your expectations!) with us.

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2. Re: 7 day vacation over Christmasn

BLBL wasn't kidding about Christmas time - probably the busiest time of the year on the islands. You may want to look at the more rural islands, though even they can be busy at that time. Lanai, Big Island (Island of Hawaii) and Kauai are more rural but have golf. Research and book soon. :)

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