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Kauai_ Which area to stay in in November

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Kauai_ Which area to stay in in November

Hi,

any advice on where to stay on Kauai in November? I get the feeling that car hire is necessary. We like smaller places over large resorts. I'm unsure which areas offer what.

thanks

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1. Re: Kauai_ Which area to stay in in November

I'd be looking at someplace on the south shore - Po`ipu. It would help to know your budget. Hotel or condo?

You definitely need a car.

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2. Re: Kauai_ Which area to stay in in November

Yep, if you can, a car hire is going to be important to get out and see beautiful kauai.

In november, the north shore large swells are beginning to roll in from the north lattitudes and ocean activites may be problematic. But itis knock down beauiful.

SOUTH SHORE for water activities.

For a smaller place, that is on the ocean with killer views and snorkeling, you might search out KUHIO SHORES. We stayed in two different units here and liked both #413 and # 217. We felt like we lived here. friendly people, small bbq area, no big crowds at all at Kuhio Shores, and if needed, they have an elevator.( lift).

A care hire will be necessary, as you need to drive at least short distances to grocery stores , restaurants, other beaches, hiking trails, and activities.

Plus you will want to explore other shores, and do not miss driving up to the Tahiti like north shore.

We do have two roundabouts on the island, and the roads are mostly two lanes to help with driving procedures on the other side of the road. Kauai;s infrastructure is quite old, and no freeways, or crazy highway schemes.

Do try and order the Ultimate Kauai Guide Book, by Wizzard Publications, author Andrew Doughty....it will be enormously helpful with everything to plan your visit, and also bring it with you. Great directions, mile markers, local tips, and info on activities, beaches, napali boat tours, helicopter and fixed wing tours, shopping, places to eat, places to stay, horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, etc. You might also look them up on the web as well.

If you sellect the north shore, it will be superbly beautiful and lush surroundings. Now, we do stay at the Hanalei Bay Resort, and it is a fairly good size place, but, and this is a big but, we do not get a large resort feeling. The condo units are spread out, and the feeling is easy aloha.

We love it up there, and have stayed in # 4222 and # 4221. We like 4222 a bit better since it is a larger one bedroom, with a huge kitchen , dining area, and living room.......and a wonderful large lanai with one of the best views that we have seen of hanalei bay, ocean and lush mountains. They have a very nice tropical style pool with small man made water falls, and if you intend on bbqing, a great bbq area at the smaller swimming pool .

You can also search them out on the web. and see what you think. It is really an nice property and lots of aloha, oh, and tennis courts as well.

Another factor is that it is our winter time, and the north shore may have more rain than the south, so that is something else to figure in to your planning.

Welcome to Kauai, from your land of oz.

Cheers

Denny

Edited: 18 February 2013, 15:07
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3. Re: Kauai_ Which area to stay in in November

November tends to be wet - it is winter. I would stay south. You will definitely want to drive and spend time up north, it is very beautiful. But November can be tricky weather-wise. It needs to be a consideration. You would have better chances of enjoying fair weather by staying south in Poipu and picking the perfect day(s) to spend north, as they come. That was our pattern and we loved it. When we were visitors, we spent Novembers here. It still stands out to me as "our" month. The south is wonderfully beautiful also.

Resorts here are just not like other places. Except for the Marriott Waiohai (which is beautiful but crowded) you will rarely get the feeling of being surrounded by people. KS that Denny mentioned is lovely. Kiahuna Plantation is another gorgeous place on the south shore. The property is so large, even when it is at capacity (Christmas) it doesn't feel populated. In November Kiahuna is VERY quiet, very laid back. In fact, November is a quiet month in general except for Thanksgiving - perfect time to enjoy Kauai. As pzp said, give us an idea of your nightly budget and we can give some more taylored suggestions. There is something for everyone. But these are two excellent properties. Condos are less expensive than our few hotels, and offer great space.

You definitely need a car.

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