From bloggers to celebrities, there have been many people to visit the island of Kauai in the past year. All boast of beautiful scenery no matter what side of the island. Though it’s the most beautiful destination I’ve ever traveled to, there’s more than meets the eye. Today, I thought I’d let you in on five things you need to know before visiting Kauai.
- Most of the areas close down at 9:30 p.m. Although there are some restaurants/bars that stay open later, the majority of local restaurants and shops close early. If you’re into staying out late, you may want to think about going to a bigger island for nightlife.
- There are chickens everywhere. I was warned about the chickens before Gary and I arrived on the island, but didn’t really think much about it. When we ventured out of our condo, we were greeted by chickens all over the place. I’m not joking when I say they are as common (if not more common) as regular birds on the mainland. If you’re eating outside, the chickens will sit right under/beside your feet and stare at you while they wait for you to drop food on the ground!
- Kauai is expensive. I knew going into it that Kauai would be fairly expensive, but prices really do sneak up on you. The best advice I could give you in saving money on groceries, sunscreen, etc. is to find the Walmart in Lihue. You will save so much money if you go to Walmart over the local grocery stores.
- Some of the best places aren’t on the map. While Gary and I were driving through Hanalei, I saw a car or two pulled over off the side of the road and told Gary to pull over too. We got out of the car and to our surprise, walked up to the most amazing unmarked beach that had a total of four people on it. Don’t be afraid to explore and get out of the car if something interests you – you may find a secluded beach like we did!
- Be aware of the local beaches. Before Gary and I travel anywhere, I research intensely. This trip was no different. One of the main topics that stood out to me were beaches that were used by locals. I tried to avoid these beaches purely out of respect for the locals. However, if we did visit one of them, we made sure to read about the “unsaid” rules as to not impede on a local hangout.
Have you ever been to Kauai?