Summer is the time we all long for lazy, sunny days spent at the beach, and Oahu is a great place to get your beach on! With a wide range of beaches to choose from, from urban to rural, Oahu’s stretches of sand are some of the best anywhere. Take your pick of things to do in Oahu, Hawaii and pack your bags for the summer!

Beaches in Town

One of the things that makes Honolulu such a special city is its proximity to the beach. No matter where in the city you are, you can always get to the beach in a matter of minutes. If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of a busy urban beach, with nearby snack options, rentals, and lessons available, and lots of opportunities for people-watching, you really can’t do better than the old classic, Waikiki. Learn to surf, hop aboard a sunset catamaran cruise, visit the aquarium, or many more must-do’s in Oahu all right from the beach! It’s also fun to walk through some of the historic hotels and designer shops there and have a look around.

If you’re looking for a great spot to enjoy a family picnic, or just take a jog in a gorgeous location, stop by Ala Moana Beach Park. Located right across the street from the famous mall, Ala Moana is a more local and low-key urban beach park, with good swimming, a walking path, and awesome views of Ala Wai Boat Harbor and Waikiki.

Go for a Drive

When you’re ready to head out of town, check out Kailua Beach on Oahu’s windward side. This popular family spot is a miles-long stretch of sand, known for its super-fine white sand, and for occasional strong winds enjoyed by kiteboarders. One fun thing to do in Oahu, Hawaii is rent kayaks in Kailua town, and paddle out to Flat Island, the bird sanctuary just offshore. Don’t forget to stop off for some shave ice afterward at Island Snow, President Obama’s favorite spot.

Summer is a great time to enjoy the beaches of the North Shore, because those famous waves calm down a lot when the weather is warm. Spend a day at Waimea Bay (beware of steep shorebreak, even in summer), swimming in the ocean and also visiting Waimea Valley across the street. It’s an arboretum and cultural center, with a pleasant walk that leads back to a swimmable waterfall.

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