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How to Nab a Vacation Rental on Kauai

by tr on August 13, 2010

By Kelly Stoneman

Visitors to Hawaii select Kauai for a variety of reasons. Perfect for couples, families, weddings and large groups alike, you are certain to be pleasantly surprised to find such a diverse selection of vacation accommodations.

Whatever your expectations, finding a property that is just right for you is a snap with options ranging from lavish ocean and beach front homes and secluded cottages to condominiums featuring all of the amenities of a resort, including swimming pools, tennis, golf and more.

Discounted Rental Rates and Activity Combinations

The island of Kauai offers a wonderful combination of budget-friendly and luxury accommodations. The current economy can quite often make prices somewhat negotiable, especially during low season and for longer stays.

There are many agencies that offer the additional benefit of combining your perfect place to stay with activities, travel guides, insider tips and even rental cars. Most of these options offer substantial savings when booking everything together as a package. You should never hesitate to ask; you just might be pleasantly surprised!

Additional Kauai Travel Tips

Selecting your ideal agent may seem a daunting task; however, if you establish from the beginning that you are dealing with a company located in Hawaii this will ensure that you are getting information from those who truly know the island and all it has to offer.


Kauai’s North Shore is enchanting, with a blend of rugged mountains, cascading waterfalls, eclectic towns with unique shops, galleries and a variety of dining options that will treat you to a variety of delights.

Enjoy the lap of luxury in the upscale resort area of Princeville, play a round of golf on a premier course, visit one of many incredible beaches or spend a romantic honeymoon in the villages of Hanalei, Wainiha and Haena.

Your choices are varied, ranging from historic bed & breakfasts, secluded cottages, charming inns and rental homes.


The sunny South shore offers a multitude of things to do! Poipu, a beautiful yet casual resort area and Kalaheo make up the main areas of the South Shore. Numerous beaches, oceanfront resorts, a variety of private vacation rentals, an upscale shopping district and the wonders of nature are but a few of the rewards you’ll enjoy.

Kayaking, snorkeling, horseback riding and swimming are among the activities all ages can enjoy. Scenic rocky coastlines, walking trails, waterfalls, and picture-perfect golden sand beaches make it difficult to determine which activity to choose first!


Aptly named the “Coconut Coast”, Kauai’s East Side is steeped in history and culture. The landscape is accented with coconut palms and it is here that the coconut grove comes to life! Take advantage of offerings such as the Wailua River State Park, Fern Grotto, Wailua Falls, and other gems.

The beaches of the Coconut Coast are its biggest draw, with Anahola as its northernmost beach. Another asset of the Coconut Coast is Lydgate Park and it’s two lava rock enclosed ocean pools. They are a welcome respite for children, families and beginning snorkelers.

Kapaa and the surrounding areas of Lihue and Wailua offer wonderfully affordable rentals right on the beach as well as great shopping, with a melange of funky and fine items, including Hawaiian crafts, souvenirs, jewelry and fine art.


While a large portion of Kauai’s Western shore is made up of the stunning Na Pali Coast and the grandeur of the Waimea Canyon, this region offers the country charm of Hanapepe Town, unsurpassed hiking amidst rare plants and endangered birds and so much more!

Polihale State Park is home to Hawaii’s longest stretch of sandy beach, making it a sunbather’s Utopia! Surrounded by picturesque cliffs, clear skies and crashing waves, you could spend a whole day just taking in the beauty.

Beautiful rental homes and quaint cottages and even beachfront resorts offer a nice variety of places to stay in several small villages, including Waimea, Hanapepe and Kekaha.

Finding the best deals when it comes time to pay

When the time comes to pay, you just might get better deals by paying with checks. Generally, you can save additional fees by simply asking! Agencies usually pay a minimum of 4% in credit card fees, so it’s often a win-win situation.

Damage deposit for exclusive rentals

Most exclusive beach and oceanfront vacation rentals require both security and damage deposits, which can range from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand. There are usually alternative ways to avoid damage deposit charges. First and foremost, a good travel insurance policy will pay for such charges and cost a fraction of the price. You might also check with your credit card company to see what types of coverage is available by using a certain card.

While security deposits are required as the initial hold on your reservation, damage deposits may usually be handled by having a temporary hold placed on your credit card, rather than a charge. If all goes well and no damage to property is reported, credit card holds are free of charge and released within 2 weeks of your departure.

Security Deposit

Security deposits are deducted from your final rental balance, with final payment usually due 30-90 days prior to arrival on the island

Always remember, by properly researching and examining a variety of options, you are more likely to choose the Kauai vacation rental that is best for you. Most everything you need, including photographs, full descriptions, guest reviews and rate information is on travel websites.

Need additional information? You can typically contact an agent email or telephone. Hop on the web and find your perfect Kauai oasis today!

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