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North Shore or South Shore in Kauai in August?

Old Jul 16th, 2012, 09:52 AM
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North Shore or South Shore in Kauai in August?

Which is 'better' for this time of year? We would like access to a nice beach but we're not interested in snorkeling. Beautiful pool and grounds and updated rooms are important. I don't like 'pokey' or 'worn' but love a place that feels authentic.

What hotels do you prefer? I don't want a condo or a rental. If I don't see a kitchen for this entire 10 days (between Oahu and Kauai) I'll be thrilled.
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Old Jul 16th, 2012, 10:11 AM
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I think we'll be on the South shore this time. We'll have a car and can visit the lush and lovely North shore.

Thanks again, everyone. Obviously this is a last minute (but fun to plan!) trip and I won't have time to correct any mistakes once the plans are made. I appreciate your help.
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Old Jul 16th, 2012, 10:13 AM
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Generally the North Shores of each island has larger, stronger waves in the winter. But in the summer it won't be an issue.

The South Shore has calmer & smaller waves and area will be hotter and drier. The North Shore is wetter (hence the lush green follage).

I would go where you can get the best deal because if you have a car, you can easily go from one shore to the other to explore all areas of the small island.
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opps, we posted at the same time bowspirit.

you can't go wrong is paradise!!
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Old Jul 16th, 2012, 10:21 AM
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Thanks, nanabee! I think I'm overthinking it. However, everything looks gorgeous online until I start studying the details. I would guess my husband won't be returning to Hawaii after this trip and I want to make sure it's the perfect place for he and I to enjoy this trip.
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Unfortunately there are only a few hotels up on the North Shore, the very pricey St. Regis, the Hanalei Bay Resort and the Hanalei Colony Resort, HBR has a gorgeous pool but you may have a better choice down south. Have a wonderful trip, my favorite island.
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Old Jul 16th, 2012, 10:45 AM
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And the Westin Princeville, but Bowsprit knows that.
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Old Jul 16th, 2012, 10:57 AM
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I love the North Shore. We were there in early Sept last year and it was so gorgeous, the water was calm and it never rained. I didn't really like the South, too flat for my taste! But it's easy enough to travel around.
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Old Jul 16th, 2012, 11:22 AM
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I'm going back to the South shore hotel choices. Other than the Grand Hyatt (worth it?) what else is suggested. I don't care about kitchen facilities at all. I love a nicely appointed room and beautiful grounds.
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Old Jul 16th, 2012, 11:26 AM
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Good restaurant choices and nice pools are always appreciated too. Beach for sunning, not snorkeling is what we'll be looking for. Thanks, so much, to you all for all your help. Brilliant suggestions here.

I'm leaving for Vegas in 6 days and want this all set before I leave! Yikes!
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I haven't followed all your threads, but have you looked at Koa Kea?
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Old Jul 16th, 2012, 01:56 PM
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I have looked at Koa Kea. How does that compare to the Grand Hyatt? Which do you prefer?
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Old Jul 16th, 2012, 02:20 PM
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The Grand Hyatt is huge, a mega-resort, with pools on multiple levels, an enormous lobby with a view of the ocean, somewhat of a high-rise, tennis courts, golf, multiple restaurants, 602 rooms, etc. The Koa Kea is small, intimate, boutiquey, with 121 rooms. Both are upscale but they're "apples and oranges". I'm not as ga-ga about the Grand Hyatt as some others on this forum, but I'd definitely go back. And I'd like to stay at Koa Kea some day (but I also LIKE to have a kitchen, so it's more likely I would choose to stay in a condo).
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Apparently the Sheraton just finished a badly needed remodel its and upgraded everything. You might want to check that out. The beach is very nice and the oceanfront rooms are really oceanfront.
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You'll be gone soon, Readmore. No ads allowed here.
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I just got back from Kauai and stayed on the east shore, which wasn't bad because it gave me easy access to both the north and south shore. For what it's worth, I liked the beaches on the north shore (Kee at the end of the highway, Tunnels and Hanalei Bay) best, although Poipu is nice. There seemed to be more resorts on the south side (Marriott, Hyatt and Sheraton). I didn't stay there, but the Marriott's grounds were real nice.
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Thanks, andrews! What property did you stay in? Glad you had a good time.
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Old Jul 17th, 2012, 10:59 AM
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My husband's schedule has changed; we'll be staying on Oahu for our Hawaii visit this time. Thanks again, everyone, for your help and I hope the information on this thread helps someone else searching for information comparing the North and South Shores of Kauai.
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I was at the Aston Islander in Kapaa. It had a beach (more like a narrow stretch of sand), but the water was too rough to swim in. Some people see seals there, but I didn't.
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