I will be heading to Hawaii in December for 2 weeks with a couple of friends. At this stage, we might be able to stay with some people we know over there however I can't be certain. To be safe, I want to take enough cash over so that we can stay in cheap accommodation.
How much approximately should I be looking at taking over there for the two weeks?
Well, you probably don't want to hear this, but the most expensive places to stay in the US are (in order):
(1) New York City
(2) Hawaii, and
(3) Washington, D.C.
with San Francisco next--and Las Vegas also being expensive if you plan to stay at the "super resorts"--which a lot of people do (including myself most of the times I'm there).
The economy is slow now--but you are talking about next December (a year away) and December is the high season in Hawaii (not summer, which is the high season everywhere else). I'd plan on at least $150 to 200 a night for most hotels near the beach, plus about $50-70 a day for food, plus plan on extras so that you can rent a car and so you can go to luaus, shows, Polynesian Cultural Center, Arizona boat memorial at Pearl Harbor, etc.
The cheap places to visit are places like the aquarium, local science museums, the hula shows in the park, and driving to the pineapple plantations, local beaches, blowholes, and places to go snorkeling.
look into wwoofing, or something similar. there are hostels there but you may have to book them now... haha
that time of the year is when people are hoping to surf those giant 60ft waves out in Oahu’s Waimea Bay. if you've never heard of it youtube it, it's crazy. maybe you'll see it first hand.
Thank-you Calcruzer and Cool Paul for your responses! It's given me a much better idea of what to expect
Remember that Hawaii is in the N. Pacific - they do get storms in winter - just so you know.
Thanks for the heads up Daawgon
So, Calcruzer (or anyone else who would like to input) what would you recommend I budget on a day if I was to stay in a 3 star hotel that's not right on the beach (I'm happy to walk a little bit to get to the beach)?
I have never been to Hawaii or mainland USA, is it true that food (and alcohol) is pretty cheap over there?
did you check hostelworld for hostels? ya never know.
Thanks Cool Paul - I'm a little unsure with Hostels regarding security. I'm talking from inexperience as well however, I'm just not sure how secure luggage will be when I'm not at the hostel??
I will check them out as an option of course though.