After all the hours you spent over the Pacific (with possibly a layover in between), no one could blame you for wanting to spend most–if not all–your time in the Maui vacation rental that you booked so smartly with your tax return.
Like the one pictured, Hawaii vacation rentals boast so much value for their size, surroundings and rates that it’s hard to fathom why anyone would reserve a hotel. The featured rental, a three-bedroom home with room for six visitors, is postcard-ready, a beacon in paradise with its beamed ceilings, 4.3 acres of manicured grounds and sparkling pool squared off by a stone landing.
And what’s more authentic Hawaii than picking fruit from your own garden or orchids to wear in your hair?
We’ll tell you what.
Watching the windsurfers at Ho’okipa Point or exploring nearby Makawao, one of the state’s last paniolo, or cowboy, towns.
Make sure you also get a snapshot of a sea turtle during your travels–you may actually step on one, like previous renter Sandy Fish of Mission Viejo, Calif., did during a day jaunt to Black Rock.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.