As I was asking for advice about which islands to visit, one common them I noticed was that everyone loved Kauai. They referenced it as the most peaceful and the most beautiful. Upon further research, it seemed to be the most focused on nature: my kind of place. I set up a rental, because I wanted to drive around to the west side to see the Waimea Canyon. But I also didn’t know if Uber would be prevalent.
I landed, grabbed my car, and went straight to the Marriott Kauai Beach Club. It was my first time to stay in a Vacation Club rental. It was a great experience. I plan on adding those in as options next time I travel. The hotel grounds were very spacious. The pool and bar setup is a little wonky. Waitresses stopped serving early, so you have to leave the pool and wander into a bar to get drinks. But, it gave me an opportunity to meet some new people.
I had to check out the local beer scene, so I made sure to stop by Kauai Beer. They didn’t do flights in a traditional sense. I was able to try most of their beers. The place was definitely bumping. There were several food trucks out front. This would be my hang out.
I wanted to get back and relax at the hotel, so I headed back and hit the pool. Beach cocktails were exactly what I needed for my broken tailbone. That night I walked over to Duke’s. I had only been to the franchised version of Duke’s, so I was pretty excited. The meal was good, the drinks were cold, and the Hula pie was HUGE!
I was pretty worn out, so I headed back for some rest.
I woke up and grabbed a donut at a local shop for the road. I was heading out for Waimea Canyon. I had heard it was like the Grand Canyon, only greener. I stopped a couple times to take pictures from the road, but this time built up, and cars passed me. I determined, I should drive all the way, then slowly come back. So that is what I did. As the road wore on, I could feel my tailbone radiating with pain. MORE AND MORE AND MORE with every bump. I did make it all the way to the end. I even did a little hike, but that was my limit. I could not go any farther.
After getting back in the car and making the return trip, I decided I needed some shave ice.
My next stop was an Urgent Care. It turned out that they used Epic. What a relief. Turns out that my tailbone was broken. I got some meds for the flight home, and went back to the hotel.
That night I had reservations at Gaylord’s upon recommendation. This place did not disappoint. I strongly recommend it. The whole plantation looked beautiful too. They had a wonderful beer list to add to the deliciousness. If you go, you should sit outside.
I am so glad that I went to Kauai. I feel like any Hawaii trip without it, is lacking. The nature is so wonderful. I felt refreshed when I left.