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Condos and Vacation Rentals
Renting a condo or vacation house gives you much more room than the average hotel, the chance to meet more people (neighbors are usually friendly, kids always hang together at the pool), lower nightly rates, and the option of cooking or barbecuing some nights rather than eating out. When booking, remember that most are individually owned, and most owners outsource the rental process to property management companies. A handful of property management and rental agencies handle the bulk of condo and vacation home rentals on the Big Island, and their Web sites are the best places to look for rentals. Following is a list of our favorites for various lodging types throughout the island. Be sure to call and ask questions before booking, even if the pictures online are real purdy.
Abbey Vacation Rentals (www.waikoloarentals.com) has luxury condos on the Kohala Coast.
Big Island Villas (www.bigislandvillas.com) lists a variety of condos attached to the Four Seasons Hualalai, Mauna Kea, and Mauna Lani resorts.
CJ Kimberly Realty (www.cjkimberly.com) offers fantastic deals on some oceanfront homes and condos.
Hawaiian Beach Rentals (www.hawaiianbeachrentals.com) and Tropical Villa Vacations (www.tropicalvillavacations.com) are excellent for high-end, ocean- or beach-front homes.
Hawaii Vacation Rentals (www.vacationbigisland.com) lists several properties on the beach in Puako, a sleepy beach settlement just up the road from the Kohala coast resorts.
Keauhou Property Management (www.konacondo.net) has condos along the Kona coast, just south of Kailua-Kona around Keauhou Bay.
Kolea Vacations (www.koleavacations.com) lists dozens of condos at the Kolea at Waikoloa complex as well as a stunning oceanfront home on Alii in Kailua-Kona.
Kona Coast Vacations (www.konacoastvacations.com) offers a large variety of condos on the west side of the island and wins high marks for good service.
Kona Hawaii Vacation Rentals (www.konahawaii.com) offers very affordable condos in Kailua-Kona.
Knutson and Associates (www.konahawaiirentals.com) handles rentals for a wide variety of Kailua-Kona condos and oceanfront vacation homes.
Property Network (808/329-7977 www.hawaii-kona.com) lists and manages dozens of condo rentals in and around Kailua-Kona.
Rent Hawaii Home (www.renthawaiihome.com) offers several affordable cottage and beach house rentals, ideal for those who are staying for a while and want some room/privacy, but don't want to spend half a year's salary on a beachfront palace.
South Kohala Management (www.southkohala.com) lists a wide variety of luxury Kohala Coast condos.
Vacation Rental By Owner (www.vrbo.com) has homes and condos for rent all over the island.
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