Kauai – a great vacation no matter what side of the island you are on!


Elizabeth D

Hawaii’s island of Kauai easily ranks as one of the most beautiful and tranquil places on earth.  For outdoor enthusiasts, both the North and the South sides of Kauai offer awesome activities.  Having stayed on both the North and the South sides, it's really difficult to say which is nicer as they each have a unique appeal.  Typically people shy away from the North side of the island in the winter because it tends to be rainier.  Nonetheless, it boasts lush, green vegetation, beautiful beaches, panoramic golf courses overlooking the ocean and awesome views of the island's many waterfalls. 

The North side of Kauai is home to the start of the incredible Na Pali Coast that attracts people from around the world to hike its rigorous 17-mile trail overlooking the coastline.  Another North side favorite destination is the Kilauea Lighthouse.  It too has breathtaking and is incredible for bird watching as it is located on a wildlife preserve. 

The South side is about an hour drive from the North side of the island. The South side tends to be less rainy and slightly warmer than the North side and is a perfect destination any time of the year.  The South side is home to magnificent beaches such as the beautiful Poipu Beach Park which is known for its excellent snorkeling.  In addition, it’s common place to see monk seals and sea turtles at this beach.  Families find it a great beach to spend the day at as it not only offers calm swimming conditions, but it is also home to convenient picnic facilities.

Evenings are equally tranquil in Kauai as the island offers spectacular sunsets.  In fact, there is no better way to end the day on Kauai than to take in a sunset from one of Kauai’s many beaches!

If you’d like to read more about Kauai and see some spectacular photos of the area, come back to the RCI Blog. We’ll be sharing stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have traveled to this amazing island all week long!

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Enjoying the outdoors in Hilton Head, SC


Elizabeth D. - RCI Associate Vacation IdeasSouth Carolina’s Hilton Head Island is a fantastic vacation spot for outdoor enthusiasts to explore. In the last two years I have enjoyed four vacations in Hilton Head and anxiously await many more!

Hilton Head has miles of beaches that are great for walking, jogging and biking. Yes, biking! During low tide the sand is compact enough that you can enjoy brisk biking on the beach. As far as I’m concerned, you haven’t really lived until you’ve biked on the beaches of Hilton Head!

The island also has over 50 miles of beautiful, paved bike paths – these are not only good for biking, but people watching, too! It’s really cool to see the diversity of the people who relish the opportunity to bike these scenic paths.

I must say, I also love Hilton Head because many of RCI’s affiliated resorts are located within Hilton Head’s plantations (beautiful gated communities), which gives you a chance to experience a taste of “real” Hilton Head life. While all the plantations are awesome, I am partial to Shipyard Plantation. All of the resorts I’ve stayed at in Shipyard had vista views of golf courses, ponds and lush landscaping.  In addition, Shipyard is convenient to a number of amazing dining options…which tends to be a high priority for me after a full day of outdoor activities.  Bon Appetit!

Come back to the RCI Blog this week and take a look at the stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have shared their experiences from Hilton Head. And if you have a story or photo of your own about Hilton Head, please share it here. We might feature it at the end of the week!

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