Where to stay on Oahu’s North Shore, Hawaii

Turtle Bay Resort, where to stay north shore, Jim caldwell Redondo Beach
Elaine Glusac, USA TODAY
January 14, 2014

ACTIVE

The only full-service resort on the North Shore, Turtle Bay Resort offers farm tours, horseback riding on the beach, shorefront yoga classes, guided fishing excursions and of course, surfing lessons. There are also two golf courses, tennis courts, on-property hiking trails and a spa for when you’re ready to wind down. turtlebay.com

BUDGET

Join the surfing nomads at the Backpackers Vacation Inn & Hostel near Waimea Bay. Accommodations are spread over four houses and vary widely. You can choose from dormitory beds; private single and double rooms with shared bathrooms; beachfront suites with private baths and en-suite kitchens; or private cabins with tropical gardens. backpackershawaii.com

FAMILY

The scalloped beaches at Turtle Bay Resort are a safe choice for swimming in almost any season on the North Shore. Its sand-bottomed shallows are popular with the youngest waders, as are the resort’s two pools. There are plenty of spacious apartment-like villas for larger families to spread out. Kids can take pony rides on the beach, plus hula and ukulele lessons. turtlebay.com

Though there are few hotels to choose from on the North Shore, there are a number of home rental agencies that offer family-friendly locations. Hawaii Beach Homes offers everything from a sunny two-bedroom on a beach frequented by sea turtles, to a modern, two-story house with a Jacuzzi on Sunset Beach. hawaii-beachhomes.com

ROMANCE

For couples, Turtle Bay Resort offers special villas perched above lava rocks where the surf crashes dramatically. It is also home to the area’s only full-service spa, which offers couples massages in oceanside cabanas. The on-site activities, including horseback rides and surf lessons, spread over the resort’s 840 acres, offer plenty of romantic options without leaving the premises. turtlebay.com

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About jw60sea

Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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