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5 Travel Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Holiday Vacation on Kauai

With the holiday season quickly approaching, it is a great time to make sure all of your travel plans are in place. Traveling during this time of year can be chaotic. Here are a few tips to help your trip to Kauai go a little more smoothly, so you can have a nice, relaxing holiday vacation.


Kauai's sunny South Shore is a great place to vacation for the holidays!

1. Avoid Peak Travel Dates

Kauai is a popular place to visit in the winter due to some great ocean swells that attract surfers and spectators from all around the world. Many surfing events take place in the wintertime, increasing the amount of people coming to the island and traveling through airports. Things get even busier the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas, so be sure to try to avoid those times and arrive the week before a major holiday.

2. Book Your Accommodations in Advance

Because there is so much going on during this time of year, it is recommended that you book your vacation rental, or room, well in advance. On an island, accommodations are limited, so in order to ensure you get the room you want, be sure to make reservations ahead of time. Don't wait until the last minute.

3. Reserve Extra Beds, Cribs, High Chairs, etc. in Advance

The holidays are a great time to spend with family and good friends. If you will be traveling with a large group, and will need "extras" in your room, be sure to reserve those well in advance, too. A lot of times supplies are limited, and with a lot of people knowing you need to plan in advance when visiting Kauai during the holidays, you'll want to secure the specific items your group will need. Don't forget this important step, making sure everyone in your group is comfortable and has the things they need.

4. Reserve a Rental Car

Perhaps even more limited than rooms are rental cars. If you want a nice selection of cars to choose from, make sure you reserve a rental car at the same time you book your room. Kauai transportation is minimal, and having a rental car is the best way to get around the island. It's pretty much an essential here on Kauai. Don't wait, confirm and reconfirm your rental car reservations, just to make sure you have one when you arrive on island.

5. Leave for the Airport Extra Early

Whether you're coming or going, when heading to the airport make sure you leave earlier than usual. The holidays have a lot of unexpected occurrences, like long lines and heavy traffic, so be sure you leave a little sooner than you normally would. This will help you avoid the stress of possibly missing your flight - because that would be the worst.


Don't forget to plan ahead when traveling to Kauai during the holiday season

Happy Holidays and safe travels! Aloha.

Read Kauai Exclusive's previous blog: What Makes Kauai's Fall Season So Special?