We stayed in one of the Turtle Bay condos next to the hotel. The condo allowed us to use hotel amenities such as the pool and beach. However, a great thing about renting a condo was that there are smaller pools next to the condos, and they are often deserted, rendering them private pools for us.
The hotel has an open lobby that seems spacious and relaxing, although a bit dated. The beach is rocky---not a walk in beach, as there are many rocks on the bottom. However, once into the water, there are many fish and other sea life, including urchins, coral, sea cucumbers, snails. The site is away from other hotels, so the overall sense is one of silence and calm.
Our condo was rented from a private owner. The condo was a one-bedroom loft, and was extremely hot and uncomfortable. Do not let anyone talk you into renting a "breezy" condo without air-conditioning. This condo advertised air-conditioning, but it was a single window unit for the whole condo, and everyone in the family wedged our bodies around the unit every night, dripping sweat off each other.
To the east of the hotel are a few shrimp trucks serving lunch. These places serve shrimp either deep fried, sauteed, grilled. The standard accompaniments are macaroni salad and rice. About $8 per plate. The trucks are next to the aquaculture farms that grow the shrimp, so the shrimp are guaranteed fresh.
To the west of the hotel is the famed Oahu north shore. If you park on the street, beware that theft from cars is very common. We had locked backpack and ipods stolen from the trunk of our locked car. Ted's Bakery is an institution in the north shore: excellent value for plate lunches and pies. Do not leave without sampling the chocolate haupia pie. The pie crust is homemade and it is worth its price in gold. Seriously. The meringue pies are good, too, but the haupia is priceless.
- Also Known As:
- Turtle Bay Condos Hawaii/Oahu