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Top 10 Quick Beach Getaways


The most cosmopolitan of the Hawaiian islands, Oahu is quickly becoming a cultural and culinary hot spot. Of course, its prime appeal still lies in the 100-plus miles of beaches, including the perennially cool Waikiki (only 10 miles from the airport) and the more secluded, surf-heavy North Shore.
SPLURGE The Waikiki Parc Hotel is the trendy little sister to the opulent Halekulani across the street. The fact that this property is not directly on the water knocks more than a few dollars off the price. Spare funds can be put toward the Nobu outpost, the superlative spa at the Halekulani, and an upgrade to an ocean-view room. From $285/night;

VALUE Set one block from the beach, the Aqua Waikiki Wave underwent a total renovation in 2007, and airy rooms with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi put this hotel a few notches above the competition. Reserve a room on one of the upper floors to avoid the street din. From $130/night;

GETTING THERE Direct flights from Portland (5.5 hours); Los Angeles (5.5 hours); San Francisco (5.5 hours); Seattle (5.5 hours)

For general trip-planning information, see our Oahu destination guide, then use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, packages, and more travel deals. 


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