Sunset Beach, Haleiwa, HI, USA

Sunset Beach, Haleiwa, HI, USA

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Soaking up the Hawaiian surfing culture

Set along the Pacific Ocean on Oahu's North Shore, picture-perfect Sunset Beach is a 2-mile stretch of sand located 8 miles northeast of Haleiwa, and less than a mile from the world famous Banzai Pipeline. Lined with gently swaying palm trees and sporting a tropical climate, it’s no wonder Sunset Beach vacation rentals are in demand year round! Get your arts and culture on, savor some shave ice like a local, or just relax and enjoy the ocean paradise vibe while digging your toes in the sand. And yes, there's surfing. Don't forget the legendary surfing.

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf

Besides soaking up the tropical rays while sipping an umbrella drink, summer time at Sunset Beach, Haleiwa is great for snorkeling, scuba diving, and stand-up paddleboarding. And surfing. Don't forget the surfing. But once winter hits, you should leave those huge ocean waves to the pros. Just saying. You can enjoy ocean-view horseback riding, biking, golfing, and sport fishing anytime of the year, while a hike in the lush Waimea Valley will bring you to picturesque Waimea Falls, where the tumbling water cascades down to a heavenly swimming pool below. It's a little slice of Hawaiian paradise.

Welcome to the island of pineapples, culture, and shave ice

While you may be a Hawaiian "malihini," (or newcomer, to the locals), you can still head down to the iconic Matsumoto Shave Ice where islanders have been cooling off with tropical flavors since 1951. The quaint town of Haleiwa offers funky boutiques, surf shops, and art galleries. Plus, you can explore the nearby Polynesian Cultural Center, or visit the Dole Plantation to learn about pineapple farming. As a random fact, did you know a pineapple is the universal symbol for welcome? And don’t forget the sunsets, those gorgeous, colorful Hawaiian sunsets!

Some like it hot, while others prefer it even hotter

Tropical Hawaii only has 2 seasons, if you can call them that - summer, running May through October, and winter, from November until April. In reality, there's only a small fluctuation in temperature from 85 to 78°F, so there's never a bad time to visit - perhaps it’s not surprising Sunset Beach vacation rentals are so popular! And those legendary North Shore surfing waves at Sunset Beach? Only in winter, when the area hosts some of the largest surfing competitions in the world. Plus, as an added winter bonus, you can enjoy cooling showers and gentle trade winds during the still balmy weather.

Whales, turtles, and mega waves

While Sunset Beach is only 38 miles from metropolitan Honolulu on the island of Oahu, it may as well be a world away, with its laid-back North Shore lifestyle. During the coveted winter season, Sunset Beach vacation rentals tend to book up early, as this is prime humpback whale-watching season, and of course, it's also when world-class surfing heavies can reach 50 feet high! Green sea turtles live right next door at Laniakea Beach, where in the summer, you may find yourself sharing the sand with one of these amazing marine creatures.