Sunset Beach, Pūpūkea, HI, USA

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Sunset Beach, Pūpūkea, HI, USA

Sunset Beach vacation rentals

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.

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.

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 _ 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.

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.