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Waikiki, Honolulu, HI, USA

Find the best place to stay — Waikiki

From royal retreat to world-famous resort

Once a haven for Hawaiian royalty, today Waikiki is one of the world's most iconic neighborhoods. The famous stretch of sand is lined with glitzy high rises and luxury resorts which make it a playground for sun worshipers. Its gleaming high rises are legendary, so why not live it up in a penthouse suite? Waikiki vacation rentals unlock access to the neighborhood's best condos, complete with stylish decor, sparkling swimming pools, and sweeping ocean views.

Hang 10 on a Waikiki wave

Hawaii's surf culture is justifiably renowned, and there's no better place to sign up for a lesson than Waikiki. If you simply want to laze around on a golden stretch of sand head to Kuhio Beach Park. Stay for sunset and you'll catch the free hula show. Waikiki vacation rentals put you just steps from Kuhio, which means you can stroll out your condo and straight onto the sand. If you're feeling restless throw on your runners and hike up Diamond Head. The trail winds its way to the top of the crater and rewards visitors with sparkling views over the Pacific Ocean and the Honolulu skyline.

Get to know Waikiki's local legends

From its elaborate turrets to its iconic pink facade, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel is a Waikiki landmark. Historic tours offer a behind the scenes glimpse at the "Pink Palace" that's been luring A-list celebrities since the 1920s. For a quintessential Waikiki photo, snap a selfie with local legend Duke Kahanamoku. The tall bronze statue honors the legacy of the Hawaiian freestyle Olympic champion, who's considered the godfather of surfing. No matter when you visit, you can bet that Duke will be sporting a colorful lei.

Dive into Waikiki's colorful events calendar

Winter is very much the high season in Hawaii, and Waikiki is certainly no exception. Summer can also get busy, especially over the Memorial Day to Labor Day stretch. As one of the world's most iconic beaches, Waikiki takes its festivals seriously. One of the biggest is the annual Ukulele Festival, which celebrates the legacy of the stringed instrument. Waikiki is also packed to the brim during Hawaii's Aloha Festival. Held in late September, Waikiki throws a legendary street parade featuring street food, live music, and hula shows.

Sunset toasts to Diamond Head

While this region is famous for its golden sand and legendary surf breaks, Diamond Head arguably steals the spotlight. The immense crater towers over Waikiki, formed by volcanic activity more than 500,000Êyears ago. For uninterrupted views of Diamond Head, snap up one of the Waikiki vacation rentals that face the crater. On a balmy evening there's no better place to enjoy a sunset mai tai. For a glimpse at local wildlife don't miss Honolulu Zoo, home to Komodo dragons, peacocks, Hawaiian hawks, and more.