Destination guide

Sunset Beach, Pupukea _ it's a shore thing

Need a little more aloha in your life? Then a Sunset Beach vacation rental is just what the doctor ordered. Almost an hour's drive from the resorts and droves of mainlanders in Waikiki _ it's about as far apart as things get in this part of the world _ Pupukea is one of Oahu's most scenic, secluded spots, and Sunset Beach is its crown jewel. Here, you'll find almost 2 miles of sandy beach nestled between the Kamehameha Highway and the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by laid-back residential neighborhoods, as well as shops, surf schools, and low-key eateries.

Things to do

Let's get lost in Sunset Beach, Pupukea

Once you've conquered the waves at Sunset Beach (or cooked yourself on the beach), a short drive inland will bring you to the Dole Plantation. Here, you'll find train rides and tours through the plantation's sprawling pineapple gardens, as well as an epic plant maze with almost 2.5 miles of twists and turns (think "The Shining," but less terrifying). Closer to town, you can check out the scenic Waimea Valley _ the 1,875-acre preserve includes botanical gardens, a waterfall, and historical exhibits about the local culture.


Sunset Beach, Pupukea _ prepare to be boarded

Oahu's north shore is known for its gnarly surf spots, and Sunset Beach is ready to go toe to toe with the best of them. A popular site for surf competitions, Sunset Beach winters see some of the biggest waves in the region, but newbies be warned: the area's coral reefs can be hazardous to the inexperienced. Not a surfer? Don't sweat it _ there's plenty to do around your Sunset Beach vacation rental, from hiking and snorkeling to horseback riding and shark diving. And you can always enjoy the sun, sand, and swimming here _ no board necessary.


Sunset Beach, Pupukea _ the perfect storm

Sunset Beach has a monsoon climate, which is just what it sounds like. Since it's on the north side of the island, Pupukea gets the full force of seasonal storms, and the town sees three times as much rainfall as Honolulu. When it's not raining, the weather is sunny and warm. Summer highs average 87 degrees in August and September, while winter temperatures peak around 79 degrees in January and February. A popular destination all year round, you'll find that prices on Sunset Beach vacation rentals tend not to change much from 1 season to the next.

Natural features

I am an island at Sunset Beach, Pupukea

Sunset Beach is a 2-mile stretch of sandy coastline along on the island's north shore, protected by a ring of coral reefs just offshore. Oahu was formed by 2 volcanoes, and the landscape around Sunset Beach rises steeply as you approach the more mountainous interior of the island. Here, you'll find tropical forests, waterfalls, and rocky peaks climbing more than 4,000 feet above sea level. The island is home to numerous species, including hawks, geese, and feral pigs, and just offshore you can spot dolphins, sharks, and countless types of tropical fish.

Where to stay around Sunset Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 343 vacation rentals near Sunset Beach. From 147 Houses to 15 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Sunset Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Sunset Beach?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Sunset Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Honolulu: 3,360 vacation rentals
  • Kailua: 3,329 vacation rentals
  • Kapolei: 834 vacation rentals
  • Hauula: 578 vacation rentals
  • North Shore: 687 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Sunset Beach! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Sunset Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Sunset Beach:

  • Honolulu: 3,360 rentals
  • Kailua: 3,329 rentals
  • Kapolei: 834 rentals
  • Hauula: 578 rentals
  • Haleiwa: 703 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Sunset Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Sunset Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Polynesian Cultural Center: 730 rentals
  • Banzai Pipeline: 834 rentals
  • Pupukea Beach Park: 850 rentals
  • Waikele Premium Outlets: 4,443 rentals
  • Dole Plantation: 1,558 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sunset Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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