Top Reasons to Stay at Pacific Beach Hotel
- This oceanfront hotel sits on Oahu’s legendary Waikiki Beach—the island’s top spot for swimming and surfing.
- The hotel is located along Waikiki’s main thoroughfare, which is lined with luxury boutiques, art galleries, and award-winning restaurants.
- The three-story oceanarium onsite supports a marine reef and more than 400 fish. For the best viewing experience, stop by during one of the scheduled feeding times or have a meal of your own at the Oceanarium Restaurant.
- Spacious guest rooms have flat-screen TVs and private balconies with gorgeous views of the ocean, mountains or Waikiki city lights.
- You can lounge by the outdoor pool, play a game of tennis on the onsite courts, and indulge in a hot-stone massage at the full-service spa.
- Groupon hotel guests receive 50% off self or valet parking (normally $25 and $33 per day) plus discounted Amenity Fee of $15 plus tax, normally $20.
Waikiki, Honolulu: White-Sand Beaches, World-Class Surfing, and Luxury Entertainment
In 1911, local Waikiki kid Duke Kahanamoku beat the world record for the 100-meter freestyle swim by 4.6 seconds at an amateur swim meet—a feat so unimaginable athletic officials refused to recognize it. But when he won an Olympic gold medal the following year, Duke became an international sensation despite them. Photogenic and frequently in the press, he was rarely seen without his board, popularizing the local pastime of surfing. This publicity helped turn Waikiki from a private playground for Hawaii’s ruling class into a travel hot spot as people came from all over to take surfing lessons with a celebrity athlete. Today, you can see Duke’s likeness immortalized in a bronze statue on Waikiki’s Kuhio Beach.
When they’re not surfing or sprawled out on the beach, most travelers explore the area’s sunny avenues lined with everything from upscale boutiques and nightclubs to craft booths and street performers. Other attractions include the Honolulu Zoo, which houses exotic and endangered species such as sumatran tigers and white-handed gibbons, and the Waikiki Aquarium, where more than 3,500 creatures of the Pacific glide throughout glassed-in galleries.
Also nearby is one of Hawaii’s most recognizable natural landmarks, Diamond Head State Monument, a 300,000-year-old saucer formed by a single explosive eruption. Hikers can walk along a trail where molten lava once smoldered to ascend to the crater’s 560-foot-tall lip.