Located on a picturesque bluff on the north shore of Kauai, Princeville has long been a place of rest and recreation. As the largest planned community on Kauai, there are a variety of lodging options ranging from the swanky The St. Regis Princeville Resort, to surprisingly value-priced golf course condos. Unlike most other communities in the islands with Hawaiian names, Princeville is named for the Albert Kamehameha, the only son of Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma, who during his very short life, was the Crown Prince of Hawaii. Where to stay? Westin Princeville $650-$1,500 St. Regis Princeville, 252 rooms, $875-$6,625
Activities: Nearby beaches include Hanalei Bay for surfing and paddle boarding, Kee Beach for sunbathing, and Lumahai Beach, the setting for the film South Pacific. Some of the top sightseeing spots include: * The Kilauea Lighthouse, on Kauai's northernmost tip, a wildlife refuge offering amazing views; * Hanalei Town, home to taro farms and art galleries and Waioli Mission House and Church: a Hanalei landmark, giving a glimpse of what Kauai was like in the early 1800s. * Napali Coast, a 17-mile stretch of coastline with cliffs up to 3,000-foot tall, accented with lush green valleys, cascading waterfalls and sea caves. Inaccessible by car, the Napali Caost is accessible by hiking or taking an air or boat tour. * Additional popular activities include horseback riding, surfing, paddle boarding, and of course: golf. The Prince Golf Course, recently renovated, has been rated by Golf Digest as Hawaii's No. 1 Golf Course. The 18-hole, par 72 links-style course boasts stunning views from 300 feet above the Pacific Ocean. The newly-renovated Makai Golf Course weaves its way around lakes, greenery, and the beautiful coastline, offering views of Bali Hai and Hanalei Bay. The 72-par course has received numerous accolades and awards, including Golf Magazine's top 25 Gold Medal Resorts, and accommodates golfers of all playing ability.