Kona Coast, also known as the Kona Side, refers to the west coast of Hawaii with Kailua Kona being its lively center. It is a favorite world-class sunny destination as the weather is almost always dry and sunny. There are many white sand beaches perfect for sunbathing, snorkeling and swimming close to, or even in, town. The Kona Coast offers affordable accommodations, great shopping, dining and learning about Hawaii’s rich culture.
You can find lodgings such as condo rentals and private vacation home rentals, all within easy reach of the ocean side. Most rental accommodations are found in Kailua Kona and a few in Kealakekua and Kaupulehu. Renting a vacation rental for two or a hotel room will both cost you anywhere between $80 and $200 along the Kona Coast. You get more space and luxury with vacation rentals for the same price. Choosing condo rentals or vacation house rentals over hotels is perfect when you are visiting the Kona Coast as big group of friends or family. Enjoy the privacy, feel at home away from home with vacation rentals by having a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and entertainment area, and/or garden. There are also no hidden costs such as extra fees for parking, internet, extra towels, etc.
The main road of Ali’i Drive in Kailua Kona has a variety of shops, restaurants and the majority of the vacation rental accommodations in the area. You will find some very important Big Island historic spots here. Kailua Pier, on the street’s northern end, is a great place to watch the sunset and is also the starting and finishing point of the Ironman World Championship. Walk around the small downtown area to buy local macadamia nuts, rent snorkeling equipment and buy a souvenir, then stop for a cup of renowned Kona coffee.
You may find a good vacation rental deal on the Kona Coast during winter and you can still get a reasonable rate in April and May, however, the Memorial Day can be busy as some like to extend time off around work holidays. From June to August, airfare and rental rates increase a bit as families begin to arrive on the Big Island and the temperature rises very slightly. Rates decrease beginning in September towards November as the season for summer vacation ends. Avoid visiting in November though as it is the rainiest month on Hawaii's Big Island.
Condo rentals and vacation rental accommodations suit your needs, no matter what your criteria. If you are looking for side trips during your stay, have a look at vacation rentals by home owners in Hawaii or accommodation in Maui too.
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