Yesterday morning, my wife and I started talking about where to go with the kids on our summer vacation. I usually respond with destinations north of where we live (Mojave Desert) because I like a cool break from hot weather. I spouted off some destinations like the Rockies, Oregon or Washington coast…usually mountains with forests, or coasts with forests. I wanted to go back to the Olympic Peninsula but then the wife suggested Hawaii. Hawaii in July? Uh…ok. The more I thought about it, the more I liked it. Hawaii it is! We already went to Maui (our first ever visit to Hawaii) back in 2004 for our nephew’s wedding, so we decided on the Big Island this time around. Volcanoes. Rainforests. Cliffs…lots of them. Could be VERY interesting.
Shortly after breakfast was done, I got the itch to look on line for the flight/accomodations/car rental. I found a couple a places that looked nice, but then came the caveats from my wife:
We will stay for one week at a condo with a kitchen, preferably one that has a separate bedroom for us (I concur!), and a separate room for the kids (11 and 6 y.o.), with either a sofa sleeper or their own bed(s). No single hotel rooms…the kids need to feel comfortable with more space (I’m guessing about 900 square feet and up is spacious).
It must be an upscale place (4 or 5 star, 9/10 or 10/10). No old dumps.
The Condo/Villa/Suite will be ON the beach or a very short distance walk to the beach AND said C/V/S will have a great view of said beach so I can see how beautiful the sunrise (or sunset) on the ocean is. (If this a definition of romantic, then I concur.)
It must have a pool for the kids in case the kids don’t want to swim in the ocean. (This should be easy.)
The last caveat is…this beach will not be made of rocks, but sand. The kids can’t dig in rocks, they cannot swim with rocky bottoms tearing up their precious little toes and feet. They…must…have…sand.
I began to realize how quickly my accommodation search just turned into one huge pain in the ass with that last caveat. I don’t need miles of sands, not even a quarter mile of sand, I could settle for a minimum of 100 feet in length and maybe about 30 feet in width and a sandy bottom going away from shore (maybe to a depth of 4 or 5 feet). I did some Googling “Big Island black sand beaches” and this site was somewhat useful on locations with sandy beaches, but not so much about condos on beaches. I will need to spend a few more hours researching this, but I figure that there’s gotta be a few Dopers who’ve “Been There, Done That”. So, please help this fellow doper out with some of your own recommendations or sites that I can pursue for a wonderful week in Hawaii. I will also not rest on this endeavor, for I will actively seek out the perfect place, but as a collective, us dopers will do it bigger, better, faster than any schlep like me. I did a generic search for something similar on the SDMB and got nuttin’. If you remember previous threads that would be helpful in this situation, then please share!
I am probably looking for a resort type situation and it can be either on the Kona coast or in/near Hilo, but I will consider other coastal locations if the above criteria are met. I am aware of the geographical/geology/weather relationships of the island, so you don’t have to spend time on explaining those to me. If you know of a secret (or not so secret) waterfall in a pool that kids are able to hike to…please let me know so they can have that extra dimension of fun that a beach would be unable to deliver. I know we’ll spend a day at Volcanoes NP…and I might spend a night with local amateur astronomers looking at cool stuff through telescopes, but I wouldn’t mind a site for that too (I will probably find one after I take care of the reservation part first).
You guys where there for me when it came to violins/violin artists/violin classical pieces, so I know this is the right group to ask for all things Hawaiian. Thanks again for your help!