Lanikai Beach, with its soft white sand and shimmering blue water, is an idyllic slice of paradise on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Kick back with a book on a beach chair, try snorkeling in the calm seas, or enjoy spectacular jungle hikes in the nearby mountains. When you want to venture further afield, Honolulu and Pearl Harbor are close by. Vacation rentals near Lanikai Beach are a great option that provide a comfortable, convenient base for your Hawaiian adventures. Check out 11 of our favorite places to stay near Lanikai Beach.

1. Lanikai Beach

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Stay just steps from the sand in the vacation rentals that line Lanikai Beach; for the fastest access, look at the homes along Mokulua Drive. If you stay farther from the ocean, numerous public access paths make it easy to reach the water. Choose from a wide variety of rental options, from compact apartments to full houses, many designed in classic island style. In the evening, take the short Pillbox hike to watch the sunset and check out panoramic ocean views.

2. Wailea Point

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Step out of your back door and onto a private stretch of shore in Wailea Point, which is just south of Lanikai Beach. Here, luxury waterfront properties provide stunning views; many also feature pools. If you’re looking for privacy, start your search at the southern end of Mokulua Drive. Rent a bike to enjoy sunny rides through palm-fringed streets, or opt for an adventurous Segway tour. For an elevated view of the area, drive up to the Kaiwa Ridge.

3. Kailua Beach Park

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The neighborhood near Kailua Beach Park offers both ocean and mountain access, making it one of the most convenient spots for active travelers. Head for the beach park, stopping for a shaved ice along the way, and enjoy sunny afternoons of swimming and water sports. At the beach, local companies rent everything from kite surfing equipment to boogie boards. A long bike path lines the beach so that you can ride safely on the water and your vacation rental.

4. Kalama Beach Park

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Learn to surf safely at Kalama Beach Park, which is known for its gentle water and low waves. A variety of oceanfront vacation rentals place you directly on the sand, and most other local rentals sit just a short walk from the beach. Pack a bag and plan to stay all day; the long stretch of sand is great for sunbathing, swimming, and walking. When your little ones are tired of the water, the park’s playground offers a fun alternative.

5. Kailua Town

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Blend into the relaxed Hawaiian lifestyle in Kailua Town. Here, locals and visitors stroll down charming streets, and verdant green hills create a stunning backdrop. The downtown area features a wide variety of local restaurants, so you can try a different cuisine every night. Alternatively, spend a day browsing through the funky local boutiques for one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Most vacation rentals in the area lie within walking distance of the stunning beach, so you don’t have to worry about parking or traffic.

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6. North Kailua Bay

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Relax completely in the calm residential atmosphere of North Kailua Bay. This peaceful neighborhood lies close to the restaurants and shops of Kailua Town, so it’s easy to bike or walk to the center of the action. When you want a quiet escape, head for the northern end of the beach. Vacation rentals on the northern edge of the neighborhood border the protected Nu’upia Ponds area. Many properties feature fenced yards, so your little ones can play safely.

7. Kawai Nui Regional Park

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Enjoy Kailua’s most spectacular wilderness area in the neighborhoods surrounding Kawai Nui Regional Park. A quick walk from your vacation rental, the Kawai Nui Marsh Trail brings you to the heart of the wetlands and provides unimpeded views of the Koolau Mountain Range; bring your binoculars to spot the many local bird species. Kailua Town and the beach are minutes away and the nearby John A. Burns Freeway makes it easy to get on the road to other parts of the island.

8. Ka’elepulu Pond

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Feel like a local in the Ka’elepulu Pond area, a family-friendly residential neighborhood southwest of Lanikai Beach. Vacation rentals inside the Keolu Drive ring road provide the lowest traffic levels and beautiful pond views; look for a property with a pool for a luxurious getaway. Walk over to the Ka’elepulu Playground for a casual picnic or an afternoon of fun on the play equipment.

9. Mahinui

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Wake up to spectacular views of Oahu’s craggy cliffs in Mahinui. Oceanfront vacation rentals look out over a beautiful bay; if you prefer a jungle escape, look for homes that are tucked into the nearby hills. Before you head to Lanikai Beach for an afternoon of swimming, enjoy a stunning 18 holes on the Bayview Golf Course, or visit the local mini golf course.

10. Heeia

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Revel in Hawaii’s unparalleled natural beauty in Heeia, a peaceful community located about 9 miles from Lanikai Beach. Here, palm-covered cliffs rise above sparkling seas, and quiet residential streets overflow with lush foliage. Take a tour or a community education course at the Hawai?I Institute of Marine Biology or rent a kayak to explore the quiet bay. Enjoy the postcard-perfect vistas at He‘eia State Park, or explore the mountains on foot via the Pu’u Ma’elielli hiking trail.

11. Kahaluu

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Get off of the beaten path in Kahaluu. Tucked into the side of a forested hillside, this lovely neighborhood provides beautiful ocean views. Accessing the shore is a breeze; simply head to the Waiahole Beach Park or the Laenani Neighborhood Park. Pack sturdy shoes to explore the rocky points, and bring a camera to capture some of the best views in the area.

 
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