Planning a trip next June (2013) and I think i *finally* have figured out where to stay. We (family of 5 adults and 1 toddler) will be staying at the Hanalei Bay Resort on the North shore and then the Villas at Poipu Kai on the south shore, these decisions were based on all the help I received here.
I know some frown upon splitting your accommodations during one visit to Kauai but it really seems to make the most sense for us while avoiding the back and forth trips that can happen when you stay your entire time on one side or the other. I'm wanting to avoid too much car time for my daughter.
So the question is: what place should I book first? Or does it matter? I'm going to guess it does, just because there are so many (good) opinions on this board as well as seasoned travelers who may have done the same.
Part of me was thinking the south first, that way when we wake up early our first morning due to the time change we can be up and at 'em to see the canyon early in the day...and also save north shore for last where it's epic beauty can be the last side we see...but the other part of me wonders if we should do the north shore first where we will be a little more active to then come to the south shore to relax for the remainder of the trip...I also haven't decided yet how to split the days, probably 7-8 in total.
Any help or advice here would be appreciated!