Step out of your front door and hike the Stairway to Heaven to watch the sun rise over the ocean. Getting the most from your Hawaii vacation rentals means celebrating what makes Oahu special, so check out these tips to visit Oahu and enjoy a spectacular family vacation.

Pick a Spot That Suits Your Style

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From mountain vistas to ocean views, Oahu offers a huge variety of locations for your incredible vacation rental. Picking a spot that suits your style means getting to know this Hawaiian island and checking out which areas make you happy. Take a look at areas like Waikiki, which has spectacular seafood restaurants, the Honolulu Zoo and historic resorts, to determine if this busy tourist town offers all of the excitement that you’re looking for on Oahu. Browse the shops on the leeward side and take a gander at historic Pearl Harbor, or explore the beautiful and quiet coasts in Waianae.

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Choose mountain views or beaches, or even a combination of the two when you select a vacation rental. Oahu offers views of the untouched Hawaiian jungles, towering volcanoes and glittering white sand beaches. Check out vacation rental homes along the coast to step off of your porch and walk a few steps into the warm Pacific. Select mountain-view vacation rental homes with two, three or even five bedrooms to accommodate your entire family, or to make a great location for a family reunion or wedding.

Celebrate Each Season

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Beachfront vacation homes are a favorite for travelers heading to Oahu, so remember to book early, or skip the busy summer season and enjoy late spring or early fall days on the water. Keep tabs on local events like the Hawaii International Film Festival to ensure that you’re not trying to grab a great vacation rental during a busy festival season. Look for off-season vacation rental bargains by booking with flexibility to catch those Oahu condos or vacation home rentals that have last-minute openings.

Choose the Things You Love

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There are so many exciting things to do on Oahu that booking a vacation rental close to your favorite activities makes sense. Remember that it takes several hours to cross the island, making it important to add travel time to your plans. Public transportation is readily accessible from most of Oahu’s cities, and the bus system is a great choice for getting around. Look for vacation rental homes near Waikiki Beach if you are interested in outrigger canoe rides into quiet coves, or visit the Dole Pineapple Plantation from your condo in Wahiawa. Since you’re close to the adventures that interest you, you’ll spend much less time traveling between activities.