When to go to Hawaii
Peak Season: December to March; June to AugustEven Santa Claus wears slippers and shorts in Hawaii, where it’s 75 degrees practically every day of the year. Though winter sees slightly cooler temperatures and more rainfall, it’s still an ideal place to defrost, so prices and hotel occupancy remain high.
Off Season: April to May; OctoberHawaii in spring is almost more appealing than Hawaii in summer, because the higher temperatures (still just around 85 degrees) are reached less frequently. Hotel rates tend to be lower before the busy summer season.
Sweet Spot: September; NovemberYou’ll find less people (and more available accommodations) before the holiday rush. Powerful northern swells hit the islands in October, so it’s the perfect season for surfing. Long days offer extra sunshine to catch that one last wave of the day or extend a romantic sunset stroll into evening.
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On an open-seating flight, head for the back of the airplane. If the flight's not full, it'll likely be emptier back there.
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