Here's where to eat, stay, and play
Kauai is typically wetter than the other Islands overall, but the south shore is usually drier than the north. For general information, contact the Kauai Visitors Bureau (800/262-1400).
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa. A fantasy vacation hotel. Many guests never even venture out to the rest of the island. Spacious rooms; six restaurants. 602 rooms and suites from $455 (many special rates available). 1571 Po'ipu Rd., Po'ipu; www.grandhyattkauai.com or 800/554-9288.
Poipu Kapili. Intimate, oceanfront property near the Sheraton Kauai Resort. Pretty pool area. 60 condos from $220 (five-night minimum). 2221 Kapili Rd., Koloa; www.poipukapili.com or 800/443-7714.
The Beach House Restaurant. Make reservations here as soon as you arrive on the island. Spectacular views, outstanding fresh fish. $$$$; dinner daily. 5022 Lawa'i Rd., Koloa; 808/742-1424.
Plantation Gardens. Ask to sit on the veranda. Good mix of seafood and steak. $$$; dinner daily. At Kiahuna Plantation Resort, 2253 Po'ipu Rd., Koloa; 808/742-2121.
Poipu Tropical Burgers. Extensive, please-everyone burger menu. $; breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. At rear of Poipu Shopping Village, 2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr., Koloa; 808/742-1808.
Princeville Ranch Adventures. Zipline tours. Choose the Zip n' Dip (41/2 hours; $125), which includes a picnic lunch and swim, or the Zip Express (3 hours; $110). Must be 12 years or older and 80 to 280 pounds. On Kuhio Hwy. (State 56), just past milepost 27, Princeville; www.adventureskauai.com or 888/955-7669.
Spouting Horn. Watch as the tide rolls in and blasts dramatic geysers into the air, and listen for the moaning sound that sometimes accompanies them. Nearby vendor stalls are open from 10 to about 4 daily. On Lawa'i Rd., just west of the National Tropical Botanical Garden's Allerton and McBryde gardens.
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