We are planning our first trip to Hawaii for March. We decided on Oahu since my husband did not want to go to Hawaii and not see Pearl Harbor. We will be staying 12 nights/11 days. I realize this is enough time to go to two islands but after much reading we have decided to go to Oahu only. We want to stay the first five nights in Waikiki.
Our problem is deciding where we want to stay the other 7 nights. I've found places at Sunset Beach, Punaluu and Kailua. We are early 60's, enjoy walking/hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, seeing museums and other historical sights. We like to sit and walk on the beach, but don't need the beach to be swimmable.
As I said, even with lots of reading I can't pick where to stay. Any pros and cons for each area would be appreciated. Or, suggestions for other towns or beaches to stay at? Especially would like to know if one area is more windy than another. Looking at a nightly rate in the $150 per night range. We tend to rent through vrbo.
Also, we did consider staying in Waikiki the whole time, if we could get a place with free parking. We are finding though that by now there aren't many places that have that many days together still available. So, made the decision for us that we will spend the trip in two different parts of the island!
Not first time on TA, but first time planning a trip to Hawaii! Thanks in advance for any help.