I am in a group of 3 couples headed to the Big Island Dec 6-13. We are staying a few days in Volcano Village but then we want to hit the beaches further up north. We are looking at staying in a condo that fits all 6 of us but trying to decide if we should stay just south of Kona or in Waikoloa area. We have found our budget suits us for Keauhou Surf and Raquet Club or Fairway Villas (both about $140/night for a 3 bedroom plus $150 cleaning fee plus tax) but we are open to other suggestions in that price range. We definitely want the nice beaches but also be close enough to stroll the town and I understand there is a shuttle for Ali'i Dr. We will be renting a vehicle but if one couple wants to head into a coffee shop for a bit we don't want to have to drag the others with us. Any suggestions or comparisons for Kona - Kohala would be greatly appreciated!!