Beach + Island

Budget Beaches

by Sarah Tuff

Kauai, Hawaii

Those Hawaiian surfing fantasies? They can come true without having to live on Spam during your time on the islands. Kauai is much less developed than Maui or Oahu, and its laid-back vibe extends to beach bum–friendly prices. Many surfers make for the southern shore and the prime summer breaks at Poipu Beach Park. Soft boards (best for beginners) rent for just $5 an hour, while a fiberglass board goes for a mere $80 a week. You'll find them at Nukumoi Surf Company, which also offers $75 lessons. Stay at Poipu Plantation, which has garden suites with air-conditioning and cheery tropical decor, for as low as $125 a night for two, including a breakfast of macadamia nut pancakes and guava French toast—and not a speck of Spam.

Fly Buy:Winter travel specials on Delta and Hawaiian Airlines include flights for under $200 each way from Los Angeles to Kauai.

Poipu Plantation
Tel: 800 634 0263
Double rooms, including breakfast from $125

Nukumoi Surf Company
Tel: 808 742 8019

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