Destination guide

Tropical paradise vacation home rentals in North Shore

With its gentle summer surf and towering, glassy winter waves, North Shore is a surfer’s paradise, though there’s much more to this tropical environment than just waves. Vacation home rentals put you close to charming beach towns, historic sites, and a variety of locally owned restaurants, giving you a slice of the Hawaiian Islands.

Things to do

Authentic island culture near North Shore vacation homes

In addition to its beautiful beaches, North Shore is filled with cultural attractions that offer a glimpse into island life. The Wyland Galleries house masterpieces from the renowned marine painter, Robert Wyland, and the Clark Little Gallery displays unique images of light, water, and surf to offer new perspectives on the ocean environment. The North Shore Surf and Cultural Museum captures the history of surfing on the North Shore with antique surfboards, ancient artifacts, and surf nostalgia. You could also learn more about island culture with the Polynesian Cultural Center, a living history museum and theme park with Polynesian villages and cultural events.


Activities and attractions in and around North Shore

Are you hoping to find top things to see and do during your stay? Travelers enjoy North Shore for its surfing, snorkeling and hiking. Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes North Shore a fun spot to vacation. Here are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Turtle Bay Faizo Course (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
  • Turtle Bay Palmer Course (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
  • Mililani Golf Club (13.8 mi / 22.2 km)
  • Hawaii Country Club (15.8 mi / 25.4 km)
  • Waikele Golf Club (17 mi / 27.4 km)
  • Royal Kunia Country Club (17 mi / 27.4 km)
Outdoor activities

Must-try outdoor activities in North Shore

Surfing is the main attraction in North Shore, with many of its beaches providing the giant waves that popularized surfing back in the 1950s. While the famous Banzai Pipeline is for experienced surfers only, many of the area beaches have gentle swells that are ideal for beginner surfers to perfect their skills. The vibrant wildlife and colorful reefs in crystal-clear waters are perfect for snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming, and the diverse terrain with sweeping ocean views are popular for hiking, biking, and golfing. If you prefer to take in the landscape from above, skydiving, parasailing, and sailplaning are on the offer.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in North Shore

Travelers love North Shore for its beautiful ocean views and breathtaking sunsets. Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to take in the scenery, North Shore is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are a few of the area's most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Banzai Pipeline (4.4 mi / 7.1 km)
  • Kailua Beach (24.1 mi / 38.8 km)
  • Malaekahana State Recreation Area (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • Hukilau Beach (3.5 mi / 5.7 km)
  • Turtle Bay Beach (3.6 mi / 5.9 km)
  • Sunset Beach (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)

Idyllic beaches in North Shore

Though North Shore beaches are known for big-wave surfing, these pristine shorelines are great for families, children, and those looking for seaside relaxation. The Hale’iwa Ali’i Beach Park, a soft-sand beach with a grassy lawn and recreation areas, and Pua’ena Point Beach Park, a secluded beach with calm waves and a nearby park, are ideal for families. Nature lovers will enjoy Laniakea Beach, a scenic stretch of sand with a huge population of sea turtles, and Kaiaka Bay Beach Park, a grassy shoreline with tide pools and interesting rock formations. Waimea Beach, a pristine area with big waves and high-profile surf competitions, is ideal for adventurers.

How to get there

Traveling to and around North Shore

The nearest airport is in Honolulu, HI (HNL-Daniel K. Inouye Intl.), located 22.4 mi (36 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Kapolei, HI (JRF-Kalaeloa), which is 24.1 mi (38.8 km) away.

Getting around

Getting around North Shore

North Shore has plenty of transportation options to get to and from your summer rental. Public buses, shuttles, taxis, and a trolley are available to get to local attractions and to the different areas in the North Shore region. If you prefer to travel on your own schedule, renting a car gives you the flexibility to visit attractions both near and far. With nearly year-round sunshine, walking and biking are also popular modes of transportation in the area.

Food and drink

Island cuisine in North Shore

The legacy of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement is still reflected in the restaurants of the North Shore and O’ahu. Fresh local products and ingredients create flavorful dishes that combine traditional Hawaiian cooking with Asian influences and American classics for tastes unique to the region. Seafood is a staple in the area, along with frozen shaved ice (or shave ice, as the locals call it), which is similar to a snow cone. Whether you choose to dine in a sophisticated restaurant near your summer rental or by the seaside out of food trucks, the distinctive flavors of Hawaii are evident in these dishes.

Can I find a vacation rental around North Shore?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 759 vacation rentals near North Shore. From 356 Houses to 34 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near North Shore for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in North Shore?

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

  • O'ahu: 5,055 vacation rentals
  • Honolulu: 3,550 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Honolulu: 261 vacation rentals
  • Kailua: 3,506 vacation rentals
  • Kapolei: 872 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in North Shore! 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 North Shore?

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 North Shore:

  • Honolulu: 3,550 rentals
  • Kailua: 3,506 rentals
  • Kapolei: 872 rentals
  • Hauula: 631 rentals
  • Haleiwa: 769 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 North Shore?

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

  • Kailua Beach: 3,622 rentals
  • Polynesian Cultural Center: 797 rentals
  • Banzai Pipeline: 905 rentals
  • Pupukea Beach Park: 930 rentals
  • Ko Olina Marina: 2,607 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around North Shore 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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