Two surfers carrying their boards are silhouetted against an orange sky as the setting sun reflects off the water.

Snorkeling vs. Surfing in O‘ahu: The Importance of Weather

During Hawai‘i’s winter, from October to April, and sometimes into spring, storms in the North Pacific create very large, open ocean swells. Big waves are great news for surfers, but they’re a worst-case scenario for snorkelers and divers. Learn more about the best times to visit O‘ahu for both surfers and snorkelers.

View from a highrise of the Pacific ocean and the crescent of Waikiki beach.

Beaches in Waikiki

Waikiki’s narrow beaches are generally packed for most of the day. Author Kevin Whitton gives an overview of the area’s beaches, including when to go and where to park.

View of the ocean stretching to the horizon with the ocean floor visible through emerald water.

A Day at Diamond Head

Today, the profile of Diamond Head as seen from Waikiki has become an iconic image, but there’s more to do at this natural wonder than just take a picture for posterity’s sake. Author Kevin Whitton shares some great ways to explore Diamond Head.

Craggy rocks rise up along a smooth sandy beach as waves wash up on shore.

The Best California Beaches

From wide, golden beaches with abundant sunshine to boardwalks crowded with kids, cotton candy, and roller coasters, California has any kind of beach you could possibly want. Author Stuart Thornton shares a helpful overview of some of the state’s best options for sun, sand, and surf.

View from a hotel room of Mismaloya Beach, a crescent of white sand dotted with umbrellas.

Puerto Vallarta’s Best Beaches

Looking for the perfect beach in Puerto Vallarta? Justin Henderson suggests great all-purpose beaches with convenient access, fun amenities, and opportunities for everything from snorkeling to kayaking. He also shares the best hidden beaches, the best beaches for wildlife viewing on the Nayarit Coast, and more.

Setting over the water, the sun illuminates the cut-out letters reading Ocean Beach on a metal gate.

San Diego City Beaches: Point Loma and Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach’s streets are a maze of unique local shops and eateries, and the neighborhood attracts bohemians and beatniks with its distinct counterculture vibe. Point Loma tends to be a little less irreverent, but just as easygoing. Ericka Chickowski tells you all you need to know to navigate this unique corner of San Diego.