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worth renting a car ?

We are planning a mid march trip for 10 nights to the St. Regis. We were wondering if renting a car was worth for a day. Just so we have the liberty of benig on our own discovering the island at our own pace.

If a car is not worth renting; because of the island size... We don't know. Would renting a bike be better or any other mode of transportation ????

greatly appreciate any help.

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1. Re: worth renting a car ?

You need to rent a car. Kauai isn't that small and there isn't any public transportation as far as I know.

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2. Re: worth renting a car ?

You really do need a car. You'll want the freedom to explore and drive to the many wonderful beaches, especially on the north shore. And hopefully take a day tip to Waimea Canyon and the south and west sides of the island. There is public transportation but it's not very good.

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3. Re: worth renting a car ?

Bike or moped or scooter is not an option. Our roads are narrow, and many don't even have shoulders. In addition, as mentioned, the island isn't all that small. You really need a car for the duration of your trip. There's little public transportation. The bus system is minimal and not geared for visitors. Taxis would be more expensive than just renting the car. There's not much you can walk to in Princeville.

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4. Re: worth renting a car ?

You will want a car rental for your entire trip - really or you are going to be very stuck at your hotel.

http://www.aloharents.com/

http://www.discounthawaiicarrental.com/

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5. Re: worth renting a car ?

You DEFINITELY need a car. While the St Regis is a fantastic hotel, you really need to get out and explore Kauai. There is so much to do there. The beach at the SR is just adequate. There are many other beaches that are better. And the restaurants at the SR are fairly limited. We stayed there for 6 nights and only ate a few breakfast and lunches in their restaurants. It gets very tiring eating at the same place day after day. There is only 1 other restaurant that is in walking distance of the hotel.

If you plan on using taxis for transportation, be warned that they are quite expensive. You could probably get a rental car for the entire time for the same prices as a taxi from airport to hotel and back plus going out for 2 or 3 dinners.

Although the island is small, you can't bike around it. The SR does have some beach cruisers available on a first-come, first-served basis. You definitely don't want to be riding them at night to/from dinner. The roads are very dark (no street lights), narrow and twisty. To be honest, I wouldn't even ride a bike from the SR to Hanalei. The road is too narrow and I don't remember any bike lanes (there could be but I don't recall).

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6. Re: worth renting a car ?

10 days and only 1 day of discovering the island? The island may be considered small relative to the mainland but it's not small in the sense that you can walk or ride bikes to everything. It's still 562 square miles and the drive from the south shore to the north shore is about 45-50 miles. Might you be thinking it's like a small Caribbean island with everything in walking or bicycle distance? It's not.

So you need a car and you need it for the entire trip. If not you're not going to see much of the island.

Edited: 05 October 2012, 21:22
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7. Re: worth renting a car ?

Apparently you are planning on walking for miles and miles, and miles.

Suggest that you pick up the Ultimate Kauai Guidebook, and learn about the island and the distances that you will be traveling to discover kauai. And get it well prior to your visit.

There is a sliding mileage scale on the inner back cover, as well as being able to figure out distances from the great maps and mile markers in the book.

St. Regis to Hanalei Town is about 2.5 miles one way.

Princeville to Kapa'a is a 30 minute drive

Princeville to Poipu is a 1 hr and 10 minute drive

You really need to get a grasp on where you are on island, and also what you and your family want to experience and where those places are located.

A car rental is the norrmal and easiest mode to explore kauai.

Denny

Edited: 05 October 2012, 21:31
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8. Re: worth renting a car ?

Besides needing to rent a car for the entire time, you might want to split your stay. Consider 5 days on the South Shore. More chance of having some sunny days. March can be pretty rainy on the North Shore.

The Hyatt, Sheraton and Koa Kea are nice hotel properties in Po‘ipu.

There are way more condos and vacation rentals than there are hotels. Eating all meals out can get pretty tiresome and expensive.

Buy a good guidebook - Kaua‘i Underground is excellent.

Discount Hawaii Car Rental is highly recommended, usually the best rates, no pre-pay.

http://www.discounthawaiicarrental.com/

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9. Re: worth renting a car ?

thanks everyone for the input.... ok I get it .... I'll be renting a car, but when you don't know you just don't know...

again thank you

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10. Re: worth renting a car ?

At least you asked. It amazes me how many people land in Lihue and still have no idea and no car reserved.

You asked here and that's good but the best thing to do is pick up a good book with maps to see what kind of place you're heading to and the size of it and the lay of the land.