The perfect week on Oahu


By Sarah Sekula, published on USA TODAY 10Best

Oahu’s capital city, Honolulu, offers easy access to world-famous beaches and the undeniably fun vibe of a coastal city, so one could easily be content spending an entire vacation staying put. However, getting to know the rest of Oahu is well worth the time. Here are 10 ways to experience several parts of the island in one fell swoop.

Skip the lines and book a vehicle through a car-sharing service

First things first: You’ll need a set of wheels to explore beyond the city. Forgo the long lines at the airport counter and book a car through Turo, a rental-car app that allows you to rent cars from individuals rather than a traditional rental-car company. Think of it as the Airbnb of cars; everything is arranged through the app and keys are already in a lockbox on the car or provided by the host. Cool thing is: It’s often more affordable that a tradition car rental, and you select the brand you want—from Teslas to Mini Coopers—to fit your vacation vibe. 

Stay at ESPACIO and dine at award-winning Mugen

Settle into Espacio — The Jewel of Waikiki, a boutique property right across from Waikiki Beach. The nine spacious, suite-style accommodations come with chef-grade kitchens, private jacuzzis and balconies overlooking the Pacific. Whether you choose a filing breakfast of lemon ricotta pancakes and avocado toast or the seven-course tasting experience at Mugen, one of Hawaii’s top restaurants, your tastebuds will be pleased. The French-Japanese restaurant for creative dishes by chef Jason Yamaguchi. Top it all off with a deep-tissue massage at Espacio Spa or a dip in the rooftop infinity pool.

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