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By Teakre Vest. September 16, 2013 - 3:07 pm
North shore, a popular tourist destination, breathes the consistent theme of living aloha. Sun kissed beaches, salt-water air and good vibes is what makes North Shore my go-to day off destination.
To help plan your weekend retreat into the North Shore, or your day vacation I have listed out a few of my favorite things to do one the north side of our island, especially in the Haleiwa area.
The magic starts on the drive down the H2 – jamming Shwayze, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the ever-popular Sublime, with the windows down, wind blowing through my hair.
Check out the historical town of Haleiwa. My favorite restaurants include Cholo’s Mexican food, Kua ‘Aina sandwich shop, and Waialua Bakery.
Cholo’s and Killer Tacos are both great places to get Mexican food. While Kua ‘Aina is one of the best burger joints on island receiving a 4 out of 5 start rating on yelp!
To top it all off, try one of Waialua bakery’s mouth-watering desserts. My favorite is their wonder bar, which is consists of homemade cookie dough, coconut, chocolate chips and other deliciousness. They are also famous for their smoothies and subs. Neither of which are too hard on your wallet.
Next stop, the beach! There are a few undeniably beautiful beaches on the north shore. Laniakea beach, also known as “turtle beach,” is a great spot for some epic turtle sightings right outside of Haleiwa.
Or you can spend the day at my favorite beach, Waimea Beach Park. In the summer, its calm shore is a great place to float for the day with friends and if you’re daring it features a 20-foot rock jump! During the winter month, Waimea is known for having monstrous waves, so plan your trip accordingly.
No matter which beach you end up at, don’t forget to pack the essentials: Sunscreen, sunglasses, floating tubes, a cooler, snacks, a beach proof boom box, and of course, a towel.
I also always recommend my favorite beach essential the GoPro Hero3. If you have access to one, grab your snorkel gear and hit the water for some awesome photo opportunities.
The next spot on our beach trip would have to be the popular Sunset Beach Park. Lay back and relax, catch up on our reading assignments. This beach is very popular during winter for its huge swells and surf competitions, but is calm in the summer months making it a great place to hang out year round.
There are also numerous tourist attractions in the area. Personally, I have gone skydiving on North Shore and snorkeled in a shark cage outside of Haleiwa. Both were worth the price!
Flying at 120mph down 12,000 feet through rainbows and across the gorgeous scenic north shore is by far the best adreadaline rush I’ve ever had. Sky Dive Hawaii gives a student special with a 3-day advance reservation booked online for $125.
I also had a great experience with the North Shore Shark Encounter. It was only $105 to participate and they give discounts to military and Kama‘aina with a Hawai‘i ID, bringing the price down to only $90.
So next time you have a day off, check out what the North Shore has to offer.
All photos by Teakre Vest.