Hi my name is Tami (nice to meet you!)
I am not an experienced traveler (not for lack of desire!) I am not familiar with travel forums but I know from reading some people can be quite persnickity with what they perceive to be inane,mundane,trivial or inappropriately asked questions. I am not here to offend anyone, just to get some answers and enjoy the forum of a beautiful place I intend to visit this March :-) So if I do anything wrong my apologies in advance.
#1 We will be visiting as I said, in March. Not my choice of times to visit but I am married to a teacher and so we vacation when the schools vacation! Yes he does have summers off but because of teacher pay he works all summer too.
(just an FYI I am normally not this wordy ROFL)
Is March an okay time to visit? I ask because I keep reading the North shore beaches are no good in winter, is Spring Break considered as still being winter in Hawaii? I ask these questions because we will be staying on the North shore and from other readings I am seeing people ask about "splitting your stay on opposite sides", "complaining about driving back and forth" (it's not THAT big!) Get my drift? Splitting is not an option for us it has been REALLY hard finding a place to stay at this late date as it is, will we be driving to the South every day to swim?
#2 What beaches are easily accessible? I have recently had back surgery and while I can walk, I cannot exactly go hiking or boulder climbing, and I so wanted to see Queens Bath :-( I mostly want to snorkel and get in some good water therapy to help my back :-)
#3. I have been in feline rescue for over 10 years and have rescued over 700 cats and kittens.) A big bite in my vacation budget is always a house sitter just because of my personal cats and my current fosters ie: throw away cats)
I have read that island has a cat issue. Is it that bad? Will I be crying over it the whole time I am there? (YES I am exaggerating, a little) Are there any rescues there that I could volunteer some time at while I am there? Yes I know I cannot take them all home with me, trust me I checked LOL!
#4. Here is some advice I was given when thinking of visiting Oahu. "People who purchase umbrellas and mats and coolers etc on the Island often take them to the charity thrift stores and leave them when they leave the Island and this is a great place to find these things at a bargain." Is there a thrift store like this on Kauai?
(I hope I do not get beat up over this, I was reading another thread where a girl asked about bringing food and there was this man on there who really talked down to her, but there really ARE some of us that have to travel on a budget so sorry)
#4. I am reading lodging reviews and a lot of people complain about cockroaches. Are they speaking of every day cockroaches I wonder or Island cockroaches? What I mean to say is a certain amount of bugs are to be expected there correct? It is tropical after all.
#5. If you are a local or a frequent visitor do you find more savings at Costco or is Safeway just as good.
I am sure I will think of more, and I hope I did not annoy anyone!!
many thanks! :-)