OFF THE BEATEN PATH: KAUAI, HI

KAUAI, HAWAII

While Hawaii might not seem like a particularly novel vacation destination, one island in particular is worth putting on your list this winter. Unlike the traditional Hawaiian hotspots of Maui, Oahu or the Big Island, Kauai has defied development and protected its raw natural wonder so that you can still find unspoiled beaches without another person in sight. Driving north from Lihue Airport, you’ll quickly appreciate why Steven Spielberg chose to film Jurassic Park in Kauai’s breathtakingly beautiful Waimea Canyon. A number of Airbnb options provide opportunities for you to stay in the town of Hanalei with its dazzling beaches, hiking trails and must-try restaurants like Red Salt and Bar Acuda, or you can head to the resort hotels five miles up the road in Princeville on the island’s northern coast. For those looking for the cushy, family-friendly resort stay, The Westin Princeville Ocean Resortand Villas checks all the boxes. And there has never been a better time for Nantucketers to make this trip thanks to Hawaiian Airlines offering new direct flights from Boston that launched this past spring.

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