Finding Apartments for Rent in Kailua, HI
In Kailua it’s all about the beach. Some people move in and hardly ever make the 30 minute drive into Honolulu. The white sands, blue waters and swaying palms erase all thoughts of a world with skyscrapers, airliners and bustling city streets. You’ll also find commuters that work in Honolulu but prefer the quiet life in their down time. The Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay is next to Kailua and accounts for a number of the families that call this laid back beach town home.
Top Neighborhoods in Kailua, HI
Kailua is much smaller than Honolulu and that’s part of the charm. The neighborhoods are also not as defined. The biggest decision is how far you want to be from the beach. The main part of Kailua runs from Kailua Beach Park east to the Enchanted Lake neighborhood. Lanikai fronts part of Kailua Beach and is one of the most popular areas. It’s known for its eye-popping water views and assortment of long or short term vacation rentals.
Shopping and Dining in Kailua, HI
Windward Mall has the largest collection of shops and eateries in the Kailua area. They also host a Farmers Market every Wednesday and Sunday. Find everything from a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream shop to Macy’s department store. The Glow Putt Mini Golf adds a challenging twist to chasing golf balls around the greens, you play in the dark. Get your car washed, your eyes checked and do your banking right on site. See a movie on one of the 10 screens at the Regal Cinemas. Dine at family-friendly venues like Ruby Tuesdays, or Panda Express. Even Starbucks and Dairy Queen have outlets in this tropically inspired mall. Along Kailua Rd near the town core are mom and pop shops with names like Sugar Rush Desserts and Yogurt Mama. Buzz’s Lanikai, across from Kailua Beach is the local steakhouse hangout.
Outdoor Activities in Kailua, HI
Visit the 2-miles strip of white sand at Kailua Beach during a work day and you probably won’t have much company. But go back on the weekend and you’ll find a good portion of the town flying kites, picnicking, tossing baseballs and getting good and wet in the surf. Fronting the beach is an expanse of lawn, plenty of shade trees, and lots of parking. Windsurfers gear up for afternoon rides when the wind picks up. Kayakers paddle from the beach out to Flat Island, a quarter-mile ride.There’s not much there except for a bird sanctuary but the snorkeling is first rate. Little kids play in the sandy shallows while the older ones try their hand at surfing. The waves are just large enough to make things interesting but gentle enough for beginners. Kaiwainui Regional Park, on the northern end of town, offers hiking trails and a chance to see some of Oahu's land-based wildlife. Golfers may tee off at the Pali Golf Course, nearby at Kaneohe. It's a public course with reasonable green fees.
Beaches are the main attraction along the Windward Coast. Waimanalo Beach Park and Bellows Field Beach Park are south of Kailua and noted for their beauty. Waimanolo Beach is 3-miles long and was used in the filming of “Baywatch” and “Magnum P.I.” Both beaches allow overnight camping. Roughly 10 miles south of Kailua is Sea Life Park. Think mainland marine park with a Hawaiian twist. Swim with dolphins, attend the Chief’s Luau or check out the Hawaiian Shark Tank. The local kids love this place just as much as the tourists. Follow the Kamehameha Highway 9 miles north and you’ll find Heeia State Park on Kaneohe Bay. This is the place to learn kayaking, stand-up paddling and catamaran sailing. Nearby vendors provide equipment rentals and lessons.
Transportation in Kailua, HI
Oahu’s public transportation system is TheBus. It provides regular service from Kailua to many places around the island including Waikiki and Honolulu. Most residents in this area do tend to drive cars, but the commute over the Pali Highway is challenging during the work week. Kailua is within reach of several beaches along the Windward Coast and is only a short drive from the North Shore. The town is also bike-friendly and many residents use pedal power to run local errands or head for Kailua Beach. Walking is another great way to get around. Some of the hole-in-the wall shops and vintage cafes can only be found when strolling about on your own two feet.View Apartments in Kailua, Hawaii
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