Of all the places Hawaiian royalty could have chosen as their preferred vacation destination, Kailua-Kona won out. Today, over 200 years of Hawaiian history is everywhere. The King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel has a collection of 18th century artifacts. Join a luau at the site of the king's former residence, or tour the 1838 royal Hulihee Palace. ... Read more
Along the coast, there are plenty of opportunities to sip the region's most famous export -- coffee -- or to take a plantation tour. See fitness personified each October at the Ironman World Championship.
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Although the temperatures at sea level remain largely the same around the island with daytime highs reaching 80F (26C) in winter and 90F (32C) in summer, the amount of rain you’ll see depends on which coast you ... Read more
are on: the northern and eastern sides have a wetter and more tropical, whereas the western and southern sides are drier and more and desert-like. High-season from December to April means there are fewer bargains to be found and more tourists in Hawaiian shirts to battle for beach space, so if you can afford the vacation time in any other month, it’s definitely worth it.

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Dickinson, North Dakota

A great town! It can be a little touristy, but it still has a small town feeling. I would highly recommend visiting!

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The hot, dry, desert side of the Big Island. If you are looking for sun tanning and white sand beaches on the Big Island you have come to the right place! Our beaches on the other side are volcanic rock and sand. Apparently Hawaii is the only place in the US where coffee is grown and Kona is famous for its coffee. You won't have any trouble finding cafes to sample the island blends walking around the streets of downtown Kailua.

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Sydney

Not much to do in the city itself. It is quite small but the tours run from there

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Quaint little town, slow paced with monthly street fairs. Every October is the World Championship Iron Man competition.

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Spokane

This is the biggest Island lots of things to see, traffic is easy and the very laid back atmosphere if you want night life go to Oahu and Waikiki beach but if you like the outdoors and quite relaxing adventures see the Big Island.

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This is where you'll be strolling, enjoying the little restaurants, shops, hotels and markets. There's always something going on - it's a fascinating, pretty Hawaiian town. Enjoy!

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Home of the famous Hawaiian Kona coffee, this western area of the big island is a must see. You can also see evidence of inland Tsunamis as most of the roads are built 50-60 feet above sea level.

Fun Fact- Jurassic Park was filmed here.

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Berkeley, California, USA

This town does what a town is supposed to do, with an airport, supermarkets, marina, lodging, restaurants, and bars. Over all though, it is not really that charming a place. The place is a very large town, when it should be a very small city.

I have been there a few times but don't have a favorite hotel, bar, or restaurant, it's all just ok.

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San Francisco, California, USA
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Touristy and small, it's a nice place but pales in comparison to Hilo. You definitely need a car if you plan on moving about, unless you really want to spend all your time in the little stretch of road that is Kona.

The true magic is in the Kona coffee plantations, the coast covered by volcanic rock and, yes, Costco (it's the only one on the island). Kona Brewing Company is also a favorite of mine.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Every time I set foot on the Big Island I am reminded why, if given the chance, I would move to Hawai'i in a heartbeat. For obvious reasons, many people feel this way – the sun, the endless stretches of beach, the island time – but as a relatively frequent visitor to Kona, my brain has grown increasingly used to the idea that part of me does, in fact, live here. With every visit, it's like coming home to a place I have never lived. Even over the years, as the town grows and becomes more of a tourist hub, I am forever grateful to Kona (and the Big Island in general) for maintaining its quiet, laid-back, and welcoming atmosphere, a perfect place to sit by the ocean and allow time to pass by. With any luck, it will resist the pull of major tourism and stay that way.

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