Nicknamed the "Garden Island", Kauai, Hawaii islands, is an oasis with lush tropical greenery and sparkling white sand beaches. Split into 5 different regions: North Shore, East Side, Lihue & Kalapaki, South Shore and West Side; this island is ideal for vacationing any time of the year. With less than 10 % of the island developed, the nature landscape is a perfect example of why lodging and vacation rentals - homes, cabins, cottages, apartments, condos and villas - are in both high demand and popular for the travel industry. The majestic Napali Coast State Park draws visitors from throughout the world intent on experiencing its rugged coastline and the otherworldly mystic of its natural beauty and haunting heritage. This is a place that time has barely brushed with few accommodations available. The fluted sea cliffs, or pali, rise like sentries straight up from the green valleys and white sand beaches below. The rugged terrain appears much as it did centuries ago when Hawaiian settlements flourished in Napali Coast valleys and inhabitants practiced a self-sufficient lifestyle existing on the food they could grow and the fish they could catch. Kinipopo Shopping Village offers a variety of fun shops and some eateries. It also has a water sports shop that carries everything you need to purchase or rent for water fun activities, and can also arrange for water skiing or kayak rental. Lodging in vacation rentals such as homes, cabins, cottages, apartments, condos and villas can be also found near Kinipopo. Aloha shirts, vintage maps, fine art, and lovely jewelry are all available at this shopping village. Wailua Shopping Plaza houses several restaurants and an eclectic antique shop. The Coconut Marketplace is home to more than 70 shops in which you'll find precious Hawaiian mementos, fine artwork, antiques, jewelry, craft items, and so much more.
Lihue is the government and commercial center of the island. Nawiliwili Harbor is the island's major commercial shipping center and cruise ship port. Nearby Kalapaki Beach is the home of the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club accommodations and the Kauai Lagoons Golf Club and lodging. Koloa Town, in the heart of the South Shore resort area, was once the site of Hawaii's first successful sugar plantation. Sugar has long been replaced by tourism as the community's economic mainstay; though evidence of the colorful plantation days lives on in its restored buildings. The history center and the oldest churches date back to 1841. Located between Eleele and Kaumakani on the banks of the Koula River, Hanapepe once flourished as one of Kauai's largest communities. Today it's an art colony tucked away in buildings that haven't changed a lot over the last century. Its historic buildings are so authentic looking that the town has become a choice location for filmmakers. Films such as "The Thornbirds" and "Flight of the Intruder" were set in this storybook town. Hanapepe lays claim to more fine art galleries than any other place on the island. There are at least seven galleries listed among the gift shops and restaurants that do business here. Beach resorts of Kauai features plenty of lodging and a large number of vacation rentals, so there can be found many homes, condos, cabins, cottages, apartments, villas, or apartments. Lodging in Hawaii is itself a great experience, so start now searching accommodations for your next vacation on Kauai, Hawaii islands!