Puako, HI, USA

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Puako, HI, USA

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A peek at Puako, a rare hidden coastal heaven on Hawaii

Peaceful coastline and private homes form a perfect backdrop to your Puako vacation rental. The town provides a bit of a break from the teeming resorts just to the north on Hawaii's Big Island. With a single main road dotted with multiple beach access points, Puako is a favorite spot for vacationers and locals. Snorkeling, dolphin watching, and beachcombing are popular pastimes for the whole family, and the casual dining options are ideal for you and your sweetheart, or you and your pals.

Snorkeling, surfing, sunbathing - get pooped on Puako

Puako's beaches are divine. Hapuna Beach is a half-mile of white powdery sand, bright blue waves, and picnic areas. In winter, the waves are just right for surfers and bodyboarders but a bit high for little ones, so if toddlers are in tow, check out Beach 69 (named for a #69 utility pole in the parking lot). It's pristine, great for snorkeling, and offers some shade trees for relief from the sun. A boat tour can take you toward the whales and dolphins swimming offshore.

The understated, seaside birthplace of "Hawaii Aloha"

The most visited building in the vicinity of your Puako vacation rental is probably Hokuloa Church, located right on the main road and the prettiest little white church you'll ever see. It was built in 1859 by Reverend Lorenzo Lyons, the missionary who composed "Hawaii Aloha," Hawaii's unofficial anthem. You can also drive a few miles north to find the Pau Mau Place Arboretum and Botanical Garden. It's full of paths lined with flower blossoms, friendly peacocks, decorative statues, and – of course – views of the sea.

Puako is pretty perfect (this is Hawaii, after all)

You'll probably want to leave the windows open at your Puako vacation rental, because the weather is too good to just leave it outdoors. The tropical climate means warmth year-round, with summer highs in the 80s and winter lows in the not-so-low 60s. The town is on the drier, west coast of the Big Island, but it's still a rainy place. If you want to keep your umbrella-carrying moments to a minimum, travel in September, when rainfall is roughly half what it is in March, Puako's wettest month.

Lava rocks make a home for turtles, tide pools, and you

Vacationers might expect to find bright blue water and beautiful beaches in a seaside town like Puako, but its coastline is also known for giant, teeming tide pools. You can reach them easily from the road. Step over the pulverized coral and lava on shore, and peek into a crowd of fish, sea urchins, and other marine life. You might even spot sea turtles sunning on the rocks. If you're up for an adventure, scuba dive in the surrounding waters, where you'll find caverns, lava tubes, and reefs to explore.