Our week in Paradise
My review will echo what others have said: this is a great home for a week's vacation on the Big Island, especially if you are a family. You have all the comforts of home, and then some, and easy access to beautiful beaches and wonderful activities around the island. We went to a different beach every day, and went on day-trips to Hilo, Volanoes National Park, and the Kona area. Don't miss Punalu'u, Hookena, and Honaunau. We were a couple, our 30-something son and daughter in law and their two little boys, ages 5 and 3.
The house has a fully equipped kitchen, including a spices. Also, people tend to leave things like cooking oil, salad dressing, jam and mayo for the next occupants, so check before you buy items like that. We had to go to the Safeway in Kona for groceries, as the nearby grocery has closed. Hopefully it will be under new management soon. Safeway is a 40 minute drive so we stocked up. You can eat in the dining area off the kitchen, or out on the lower lanai and watch the sun set. You can have a glass of wine on the upper lanai by the light of the moon over the ocean after the kids are in bed.
Buy some Kona coffee beans to grind and brew for breakfast. Or head over to The Coffee Shack in Captain Cook for a great cup of coffee, breakfast or lunch, and a great open-air view of the ocean. There is a Farmer's Market in Captain Cook on Fridays and Sundays.
The two upstairs bedrooms each have their own full bath, and there is a laundry room upstairs too. Downstairs there is one more bedroom with a half bath near it. The living room has a sleeper sofa. Each bedroom upstairs has a large walk in closet and a TV and clock radio. There are plenty of towels and also a set of nice beach towels (six) to take along to the various beaches in the area.
They have an internet-based phone for free long distance within the U.S. and Canada, making it easy to keep in touch with people back at home. The main TV has a DVD player and an HDMI input: bring a cable and you can plug in your camera and show pictures you took that day on the big screen.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
People with Disabilities
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