For Christmas 2015 Matt and I gave his parents a trip to Hawaii! It was pretty cute, we actually make a basket for them with a pineapple shaped cutting board, macadamia nuts, a coconut scented candle and a few leis with no note about what it all meant. So we opened presents via Facetime so that we could see the confusion on their faces before we told them what it all meant 🙂 It was quite fun!
So fast forward to May 2016 and we are all headed on a fabulous vacation to Kauai. We prefer staying in condos or houses so I scoured VRBO to find the best fit. We finally landed on a place on the Central Coast about 10 minutes north of the airport near Kapaa. It was SO beautiful!! We were right on the beach and the complex had a wonderful pool surrounded by a gorgeous lawn for Ryley to run in.
This was our first big trip with Ryley so we weren’t sure what we were in for. But honestly inn the end it was amazing! We tried to do a mix of kid stuff and adult stuff. Luckily with the in-laws along with us we were able to do that. Matt and I got to go ziplining with Skyline Adventure. They are located at The Shops at Kukuiula which was an adorable place. We enjoyed a quick snack at Living Foods Market. Loved that place, wish we had one here. It is a grocery market with a great lunch counter where you can get sandwiches and lots of other delicious options. Afterwards we enjoyed lunch at Tortilla Republic Grill and then the most amazing Mai Tai at Merriman’s. OMG you have to try this, so good!!
The other thing we did on our own was attend a luau. It was also really fun even though it rained HARD the whole time. Luckily we were under cover but the poor dancers were out in the rain! It was still a blast. I highly recommend checking out Smith’s Family Luau. It was quite a fun show.
So on to the activities that we did while with Ryley. Aside from lots of pool and beach time we enjoyed a few spots I’d highly recommend for people heading over with young kiddos. Here is our list of our favorites:
- Fern Grotto Cruise – this is a big boat where they sing and dance while you head over to the Fern Grotta. It’s a beautiful geological wonder! The hike to it from the boat is short and easy for Ryley to walk as well. Perfect and easy for young kids
- Sprouting Horn Park – it’s the Old Faithful of Kauai. It’s cute and then there is a little tourist market to walk through and check out cute stuff. Ryley got a little stuff chicken to commemorate all the chickens they have in Kauai 🙂
- National Botanical Garden – right down the street from Sprouting Horn is this awesome garden. It is truly beautiful and even has some great Lego statues the kids love
- Lydgate Beach Park – an AWESOME place to take the little ones swimming. There is a rock formation that reduces the waves coming so the little ones can more easily play in the water. R had a blast playing in the water, going in the ocean and playing in the sand. They also have a really cool playground that R loved, it was truly unique
- Koloa Rum Company – although it’s a rum thing this is a great place for kids. They have an awesome train ride that takes you around the grounds. Then the kids get to feed pigs and goats and you all get to check out awesome scenary. They also have a great rum tasting available BUT no one under 21 is allowed in the room so you’ll have to find someone to watch the little on
We also had some great food! Both more Hawaiian and more “boring”. Here are a few of our faves:
- Merriman’s – not only was the Mai Tai good but they had a great kalua pork quesadilla
- Puka Dog – this comes from a friend of mine, we never had the chance to try it but some of the locals also told us it was great
- DaCrack – we also didn’t try this one but our zipline instructors highly recommended it
- Street Burger – this place had seriously the BEST burgers ever! And amazing service
Hopefully this gives some of you some ideas for an upcoming trip you might have. Really most of our time was spent relaxing on our patio and our beach. It was such a great week and a much needed time to relax!