Vacation Rental Review: Hawaii Beach Homes


I have traveled the world for 40 years and enjoyed over 140 countries. Some intriguing, some breathtaking and some not so much, but one of my favorite places was in my own back yard…Hawaii. I have lived on Oahu and explored the other islands many times throughout the years, and I must say that Hawaii is one of those inspiring places that grow more phenomenal each time you visit.

After a six-hour flight from San Francisco, I picked up my rental car from Enterprise and headed to Oahu’s North Shore with the top down on the convertible. I had arranged to stay in a beachfront vacation rental from a company called Hawaii Beach Homes, which is a company that Traveler’s Digest had stayed with on a previous trip. With the address in hand, I headed north towards the house. I was in no hurry, so I stopped several times to take photos and only arrived at the house after a few leisurely hours. The gate opened automatically and after putting in the door code I stepped into the house that I would enjoy for the next 15 days.

The lush, tropical coastline of Oahu.

The lush, tropical coastline of Oahu.

The house, known as Mike’s North Shore, had an open design with a large kitchen, dining room and living room. Its high, vaulted ceiling had exposed beams and several skylights that perfectly illuminated the rooms. Through the large sliding doors there was a gigantic wood deck with a six-person jacuzzi built into the wood and a covered seating area. As amazing as it was, it was hard not to be distracted by the sandy beach and giant waves only a few feet away. All in all the house seemed perfect for a romantic getaway or a family vacation.

The stunning interior of Mike's North Shore vacation rental home.

The stunning interior of Mike’s North Shore vacation rental home.

In between the countless hours spent lazing in the house and taking in its paradisaical surroundings, I also hit the road in the convertible to explore the island and enjoy the shopping and city life of Honolulu. The city is just as stunning as the rest of the island, as it’s packed with parks, beaches and flora. There’s really no place like Oahu, except for the other Hawaiian islands that is, as the island has lush forests, cliffs, coral reefs and an almost primordial landscape.

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and after 15 days I reluctantly flew back to California with Hawaii’s everlasting impression further ingrained in my mind. I highly recommend that traveler’s do themselves a favor and visit Oahu and stay with Hawaii Beach Homes, as no matter what type of traveler you are or what you look for in a vacation destination, you will not be disappointed.

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Michael Smith was the touring editor for Traveler’s Digest. His journeys took him across the world and on a series of unforgettable adventures!