ULTIMATE GUIDE: HOTELS ON THE NORTH SHORE OF OAHU, HAWAII

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The north shore of Oahu offers one of the most relaxed environments in the world. Chill vibes, surf, and sunsets are a guarantee. This isn’t Waikiki so there are far fewer hotels. However, this is a comprehensive list of the most popular hotels on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

The north shore of Oahu is about an hour-long drive from Waikiki. Beaches in the area are often far less crowded and include world famous surf beaches Pipeline and Waimea Bay Beach.

WHERE TO STAY ON THE NORTH SHORE

The North Shore is one of my favorite areas in the world. In the summer you have some of the most pristine beaches, snorkeling, turtles and those surfer town vibes. In the winter things really kick into full swing on the North Shore as the waves pick up and the area just becomes the ultimate surfer paradise. The best surfers from around the world come and stay on the North Shore and the vibe is just awesome.

 

WHO STAYS ON THE NORTH SHORE

It is a perfect region for families, couples and backpackers in the summer and in the winter it is more suited to surfers, surf enthusiasts, and backpackers. The waves in the winter are often too big for a family vacation if you are looking to build sandcastles and frolic in the waves. It can get big, 30+ feet isn’t the biggest. However, there are lots of other things to do on the North Shore in the winter if you don’t surf so it can still be a great spot for families but definitely something to consider.

  • Families: The North Shore has some of the best beaches on the island. Waimea Beach is my favorite beach in the entire world. In the summer it is paradise with crystal clear water, snorkeling, sea caves, sea turtles and cliff jumping. In the winter it is home of big wave surfing and such an intense bay! Other popular beaches are the world-famous Pipeline Beach and Sunset Beach. The North Shore is famous for it’s food trucks and garlic shrimp. It is a very friendly vibe on the North Shore. Lots of people ride their bikes up and down the coast, there are no high-rise hotels and it is mostly houses and cottages that make up the buildings in the region. It is a snapshot to how Oahu used to be although it never quite will be like the old days.
  • Couples: There is an epic resort on the North Shore called Turtle Bay Resort. This resort is one of the largest on Oahu and is away from all the hype in Waikiki. It is for people truly looking for a relaxing island getaway. It is right on the water and you can surf, swim with turtles, do yoga and enjoy the restaurant right on the beach.
  • Surfers: If you are a surfer I shouldn’t need to explain the North Shore. In the winter all of the pro’s come and live on the North Shore for a reason. It is the ultimate spot for surfing and that vibe runs true throughout the whole region with laidback vibes all through the North Shore. If you are a surfer you shouldn’t need to ask where to stay on Oahu, it’s the North Shore or nothing.

PRO’S OF STAYING ON THE NORTH SHORE

  • Best surf in the world
  • Cool laidback vibes and much quieter than Waikiki
  • Great snorkeling and beaches during the summer
  • Food trucks and garlic shrimp are part of the experience
  • A few nice hikes in the area like the short Peace Hike

 

CONS OF STAYING ON THE NORTH SHORE

  • 1-hour drive to Waikiki
  • In the winter the beaches aren’t good for swimming a lot of the time as the waves are too big

 

THINGS TO DO ON THE NORTH SHORE

  • Surf
  • Watch the Pipeline Pro in January
  • Explore the Peace Hike
  • Waterfalls and nature walks
  • Watch the sunset at Sunset Beach
  • Lots of sea turtles
  • Stand-up Paddleboard in the River
  • Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center

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WHERE TO STAY ON THE NORTH SHORE

 

Turtle Bay Resort (High End): The Turtle Bay Resort is one of the most famous resorts on the north shore of Oahu. The huge property of 880 acres boasts a private beach, crystal clear waters, white sand and even not one but two golf courses. The layout of the resort makes it possible for all guest to experience a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean from the comfort of their luxury room.

Why I recommend this hotel: It is the kind of place where you just get it all. It has the restaurant the activities and everything bundled into one. You book here and it isn’t necessarily cheap but you guarantee yourself a relaxing holiday where everything just runs smoothly and you have a great island getaway.

Activities run from the hotel include helicopter tours, snorkeling in the private lagoon, hot tub, horseback riding, hiking and the resort even has its own surf school.

Turtle Bay Resort is the biggest hotel on the north shore of Oahu with 401 guest rooms and 42 beach cottages and ocean villas. Luxury ocean villas range from $479 to $900 for four guests. Standard rooms range from $250 to $470 per night.

This is the most luxurious hotel on the north shore of Oahu and the perfect private hideaway for your dream vacation getaway to Oahu.

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Turtle Bay Resort

 

The Courtyard by Marriot North Shore (High End): The Courtyard on Oahu’s north shore boasts 142 rooms, a fitness center, restaurant and outdoor pool.

Why I recommend this hotel: The lagoon style pool is the center point of the hotel and a great spot to relax after a day of exploring the island. The hotel is incredibly new with a modern look and fresh amenities. This is your classic guarantee hotel. You know you want to stay on the North Shore and you don’t want the big Turtle Bay Resort experience. This is your next port of call. You still get all the luxury of a big hotel, a pool, and a restaurant but you also get to enjoy the vibe and beaches of the North Shore.

One of the main attractions to staying at the Courtyard Marriott on the north shore of Oahu is the close proximity to the Polynesian Cultural Center, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions on Oahu.

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Backpackers Vacation Inn and Plantation Village: (Budget): Hotels on the north shore of Oahu can be expensive. In fact, figuring out where to stay on Oahu can be difficult if you don’t have much cash. Luckily, there is an accommodation option on the Oahu’s North Shore for the budget traveler.

Why do I recommend this hostel/hotel: Backpackers Vacation Inn offers accommodation from dorm beds, private beach studios, and entire cabins right on the beach. If you are looking for a surf vacation, a chill beach vacation or a spot to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean, this is the perfect spot.

The beauty of staying here is that you get all of the beaches and the food trucks no matter if you sleep in a dorm or at the luxurious Turtle Bay Resort. That’s why I think the best way to do Oahu is to get an accommodation that suits your basic needs and then enjoy the nature because that is what you really came for!

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CAMPI

 

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