I didn’t sleep at all the night before my voyage. Maybe it was anxiety, nerves or the fact that I took forever to pack the least amount of stuff for the longest trip I’ve ever taken. But that lead me to sleep for about 7 hours on the almost 11 hour flight. Booyaah!!!!!
Typical street near Waikiki Beach.
It was much more crowded then the picture leads to believe
The last time I came to Waikiki Beach was around 17 years ago and I still feel the same way about it as I did back then, perhaps a little more so now: when people picture Hawaii, they picture the island of Maui, not Oahu. Waikiki Beach, by the city of Honolulu, is probably one of the most famous beaches here in the state of Hawaii. Think of Waikiki as a more upscale South Beach. Lots of nightlife, restaurants and crowded streets. A good spot for those that party in the evening and spend their hangover at the beach. But I’d say that if you crave a more romantic getaway with spectacular views, Maui is what you’d want.
Think of Waikiki as a more upscale South Beach
I’m glad I came here for “free” (it’s my stop-over from NY to New Zealand) to only spent 22 hours in Honolulu, exclusively in the Waikiki Beach area. The city has so many offerings that a day trip is not enough; however, a weekend-long visit is ideal. Obviously, it would be silly to fly here for one weekend only, so the best thing to do is to supplement that long weekend with a visit to the other islands here in Hawaii.
To be clear, you should come here rather than not. The people are super chill and you will find the atmosphere relaxing. There are great times to be had here.