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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
American Restaurant
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“Actually not my favorite, but lots of people love it. It is very close to the cottage, offers fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, plate lunches, salads and more. The layout is awful, you have to wait in line to order while people have to squeeze by you to get into the shop to get their drinks and other items before squeezing back past you to get to the back of the line. Still it is like a right of passage on the North Shore and their malsadas are delicious.”
  • 88 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“WAIMEA BAY AND VALLEY TRAIL My most favorite Beach because I love the sandy beaches and shore line the best. There are lots of different choices on where to spread your beach towel or blanket or chair. Many times I stay down towards The Rock for live entertainment:) Waimea Valley has a trail and a farmers market and beautiful and stunning peacocks. The old historic Sts. Peter & Paul Mission is up on the hill. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Waimea Valley, the valley of the kings. So much Hawaiian culture, a nice place and garden, and a waterfall and pond to swim in.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This is the place to snorkel on the North Shore. Next best to Hanauma Bay. ”
  • 91 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“It’s a beautiful beach to go to for swimming and if your adventurous jump off the Waimea rock of course at your own discretion it can be dangerous for inexperienced swimmers or 1st time cliff jumpers. During the winter this place is amazing to see the big surf. ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Unreal! We saw surfers rocking 40' waves! Amazing. DO NOT TRY TO SWIM HERE UNLESS YOU ARE INSANE OR A PROFESSIONAL! NO KIDS SHOULD BE ANYWHERE NEAR THIS WATER WITHOUT A TIGHT LEASH. THE RIPTIDE PULL GROWN MEN FROM THEIR FEET. Go to Turtle Bay just up the street for a swimming and family fun.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Park
“You’ll pass it driving to Haleiwa. If you have time I’d recommend watching the sunset one day. It’s a great beach to swim at during any season but winter. Winter season is big surf and usually has surf competitions you can check out. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This is a scenic walk to a waterfall. It's a relatively easy hike, at 3/4 of a mile. Should you choose to skip the walk, you can take the trolley. Entrance fees vary but are generally under $20. It's best to arrive by 2:30 PM, as the park closes early and you want to allow yourself time to walk up there and enjoy the waterfall. Bring mosquito repellent! It's right next to Waimea Beach, so I like to go relax there and catch the sunset after the falls.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“World famous beach for surfing. Home to some of the biggest surfing contests in the world.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Food Truck
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“Amazing lunch truck with some of the best food on the North Shore. Local Favorite”
  • 19 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Walk or ride bikes to Sunset Beach, which also encompasses the inside beach zones of Shores & Mother's. To get there, find your way to Huelo Street and go to where it dead-ends, this is the right of way to this beach. Our neighborhood paddle out to surf Sunset.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Beach
“Our go to beach!! Best snorkeling on the north shore. easy shoreline access swell permitting. Remember, if in doubt don't go out!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Park
“This is a great hike with beautiful views. It will take you about 30 min to get to the top. It is located less then 10 minutes drive from us. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“This is a lovely hiking trail with beautiful foliage, nice sightseeing, and low sun exposure. keep in mind if it's rainy it can get quite slippery”
  • 10 locals recommend
Real Estate Agency
“Best snorkeling on the island, rent your gear here 15 dollars and snorkel for free. If our gear is available, you are welcome to use.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Surfing Capital of the World and this is the epicenter. Crowded during the Winter with a vibe and buzz like no other.”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“Actually not my favorite, but lots of people love it. It is very close to the cottage, offers fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, plate lunches, salads and more. The layout is awful, you have to wait in line to order while people have to squeeze by you to get into the shop to get their drinks and other items before squeezing back past you to get to the back of the line. Still it is like a right of passage on the North Shore and their malsadas are delicious.”
  • 88 locals recommend
Food Truck
“Amazing lunch truck with some of the best food on the North Shore. Local Favorite”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Feel like an amazing taco salad this is the spot. Beautiful view from this location of Sharks cove. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Attached to Texaco gas station right next to Sunset Beach park, you have to go here for the best acai bowls! Our favorite is "Da Kine" which has lots of peanut butter. The pitaya bowls are made with dragonfruit and are also great too! Regardless, make this a stop and be sure to get the small size because the large size is HUGE!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Small, rustic food truck painted bright hues doling out unique sandwiches, salads & avocado toasts.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Food Truck
“Truck across the street from Sunset Beach, so close to us! Love their Panang Curry with fresh fish, Green Curry chicken, green papaya salad. Really good! ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located across from Sharks Cove, Aji Limo Truck is a Peruvian Japanese fusion. All the dishes are made with the freshest local fish and organic produce bought from Pupukea Farms.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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