When it comes to our multi-centre holidays, California and Hawaii offer a whole host of exuberant experiences, so you can bet your itinerary will be bursting at the seams. California enjoys balmy temperatures with an average of 30°C; tour across the Inland Empire where summer days are known to be even warmer, or venture out to San Diego and take a road trip up the coast with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
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Can you hear Cali calling?
California is known for its rugged beauty, with stunning Pacific coastlines, vast deserts, and breath-taking national parks. Of course, there are iconic and lively cities too, from Los Angeles to San Francisco, perfect for those who want a faster pace. Discover the Californian way of life and – trust us – you won’t want to leave.
From the long stretches of golden sands at Malibu and Laguna Beach, to the lively piers at Santa Monica and Newport Beach, to the rugged coastline of Monterey – there’s more to California beaches than meets the eye. Pack your sun cream and enjoy a day of ocean breeze and Pacific waters.
California is home to nine national parks – more than any other US state. Each has their own appeal, from the ominous Death Valley to the charm of Joshua Tree. Yosemite is perhaps its most famous, attracting millions of visitors each year. It boasts some of the best hiking trails and views in the country.
There’s more to California than beaches and parks though; the state’s cities are well worth a visit (although, granted, most are coastal cities offering the best of both worlds!). From Los Angeles and San Diego to the state’s capital, Sacramento, or the excitement of San Francisco, get ready to explore.
Picture California and you’ll likely think of at least one of the state’s famous landmarks, from the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. But there are lesser-known landmarks to discover too, including Hearst Castle on Highway 1 and Glass Beach in Fort Bragg.
A trip to Hawaii is a feast for all the senses. Dine on its exquisite, Asian-inspired foods, dance its ancient hula routines, and take in its otherworldly landscapes, which will transport you to heaven on earth.
Hawaii’s incredible and diverse landscape is instantly recognisable, from its rocky promontories and lush mountain peaks to its golden swathes of sand and its rugged volcanic craters. It’s no wonder that these islands of striking natural beauty are the backdrop for many Hollywood films and TV series. You can rent a car and drive some of the most scenic coastal routes in the world or book a boat or helicopter tour and see the full scope of the islands’ splendour from a distance.
The beaches in Hawaii are the true definition of paradise and if you close your eyes and picture the perfect beach, you’ll end up here. Miles upon miles of golden sands are edged by turquoise-blue waters and flanked by swaying palm trees, while its jet-black volcanic beaches are equally as captivating and provide the perfect backdrop for a Pacific Island holiday. From the bustling tourist vibes of Oahu’s Waikiki Beach to the tranquil lagoons and unspoiled coves of the smaller islands, there’s a beach to suit everyone in Hawaii.
Much like the famed outlet shopping in Orlando, Hawaii has its own fair share of excellent malls and retailers where you can pick up designer clothing for a fraction of the original price – you may need to bring an empty suitcase for all those bargains. And if luxury shopping is more your thing, then Ala Moana Center in Waikiki will be your mecca!
Steeped in history and deeply spiritual beliefs, Hawaii observes many traditional customs through music, dance, arts, and cultural practices, and is proud to share them with its visitors. There is a profound connection with the land, the ocean and the natural world that shapes these magnificent islands, running through everything from the food, the landmarks and everyday life. Dive in and absorb the magical culture of Hawaii, whether it’s a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center, witnessing a fiery hula performance at a beachside lū’au, or taking a trip to one of its many sacred ancient sites.
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California and Hawaii Holiday FAQs
California and Hawaii Holiday FAQs
California and Hawaii Holiday FAQs
Want to beat the crowds and explore California at your own pace? We’d suggest planning your visit in April - May or September - November. You’re less likely to be faced with crowded attractions and busy beaches, but the weather will still be pleasant enough for you to explore at your leisure - you’re also more likely to avoid peak season prices when it comes to activities or car rentals.
However, if your plans revolve around working your way through the beach cities of the state, then you may want to plan your visit for the summer peak season - this way, you’ll be guaranteed sun-soaked days for lounging on the warm sand.
Coincidentally, the prime time for visiting Hawaii is between March and September, and the same principle applies. Towards the start of the period and during August and September you can expect less tourists, and the temperature will be anywhere between 23°C and 30°C. It’s almost as if our California and Hawaii multi-centre holidays have been created especially for giving you the best experience possible!
Craving fresh, salty air and crystalline waters? California has plenty of options to choose from when it comes to beautiful beaches. Malibu is home to Zuma Beach, a wide sandy stretch which enjoys scorching summer temperatures. If you’re eager to get out onto the water, then head to Surfrider Beach - given its namesake for the immense waves that it’s known for. Alternatively, head west of Downtown Los Angeles and visit Santa Monica, where you’ll find the incredible coastline complete with the iconic Pacific Park - the West Coast’s only amusement park located on a pier!
If you’re looking for quieter spots, then plan a trip to Laguna Beach or Seal Beach in Orange County - these are great options where you’ll be able to avoid the crowds and bag a prime spot on the sand.
California is just 3 hours ahead of Hawaii, so you’re certain to touch down in this mesmerising oasis feeling refreshed and ready to go. California observes Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), and Hawaii abides by Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST). It’s worthwhile noting that while HST does not follow any daylight saving time, PDT does.
If you plan your California and Hawaii twin-centre holidays during March-November, you’ll be 3 hours ahead of Hawaii, but if you visit from November, you’ll be just 2 hours ahead.
California is 7 hours behind the UK and Hawaii is 10 hours behind, so you’re likely to experience a touch of jet lag - it’ll be totally worth it, though.
California is a great destination for families, and there’s plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained. When it comes to local attractions, you can include a range of different options in your multi-centre itinerary. If you manage to pack in visits to Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, and LEGOLAND (all highly recommended) you’ll certainly be ready to laze on a beach in Hawaii afterwards!
Alternatively, many of the state’s natural beauty spots are also perfectly kid-friendly. From excursions around Lake Tahoe and an evening of star-gazing at the Griffith Observatory to a fun-filled day at San Francisco's Exploratorium - there’s endless options for families on multi-centre holidays to California and Hawaii.
We offer guaranteed prices 36 months ahead of your twin-centre holiday, plus flexibility through monthly payment plans. You even have the option of securing your break with a low deposit today, spreading the remainder of the cost across monthly instalments. Easy!
There are a handful of major airports across California and our friendly team of travel experts can provide guidance based on your California multi-centre itinerary. Some of the biggest airports to fly into include Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), San Diego International Airport (SDO), San José Mineta International Airport (SJO).
Some of the UK’s main airports offer direct flights to California, including London Gatwick Airport and London Heathrow Airport.
When the crystalline shores of Hawaii are calling, it’s best to plan your arrival into one of the state’s main airports - but there are also airports across the main islands such as Honolulu International Airport, also known as Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Kahului Airport (OGG), Kona International Airport (KOA).
Choosing the best islands to visit in Hawaii for families largely depends on your own preferences, but we’ve picked a few favourites to give you a taster - feel free to pinch them for your Hawaii multi-centre itinerary!
Oahu: Combining adventure and excitement with laid-back relaxation, Oahu has it all, making it ideal for families that want to sample some variety during their stay in Hawaii. From experiencing the vibrant culture of the island, to watching the kids marvel at the aquarium, there’s plenty to see and do for all ages here. Many families choose to stay in Waikiki, near the beach - this spot tends to be better suited to families, too, with smaller waves. You can fly directly into Honolulu, taking some of the strain off for those travelling with toddlers and smaller children.
Maui: If you’re looking for the perfect beach destination, then Maui should be your go-to island in Hawaii. It’s perfect for families that want to soak up as much sunshine as possible, but there are also many ways to enjoy more than just the serene beaches. From scuba diving and watersports to spotting some of the island’s aquatic residents, the island provides you with the perfect balance between rest and play.
Boasting lots of family-friendly accommodation, the island offers up plenty of dazzling beauty spots and adventure opportunities. Maui has a real majestic ambience, and it’s famed for the daily display of staggering sunrises and sunsets, so be sure to have your camera at the ready.
Kauai: If staying active is your priority, then Kauai is a must-visit. With a multitude of hiking trails, climbing routes, and walking adventures suitable for all ages, this is a great spot for families that have an appetite for adrenaline-fuelled days. Tour across the awe-inspiring Waimea Canyon State Park and feel the sheer force of the world-famous Wailua Falls first hand when you visit this sublime spot in Hawaii.
Luckily, the climate in both destinations is pretty similar, so you won’t need a drastically different wardrobe for your trip. Given that the weather will likely be between 20°C-30°C, we’d suggest loading your suitcase up with light, breathable layers. Of course, a swimsuit and shorts are musts, as you’ll need to cool off from the Californian/Hawaiian sunshine at some point! A hat would also be a smart addition, as it’ll keep you sheltered from the rays when you’re exploring on foot. When the sun goes down, the temperatures won’t necessarily drop, so your evening outfit rotation should still be lightweight, throw-on layers to keep you comfortable.
While you’ll be hoping to avoid any downpours, there could well be brief tropical bursts of rain in both destinations. California has a ‘rainfall season’ from July-June, and though Hawaii does have a distinct rainy season, showers can happen at any point throughout the year - you can always pick up a packaway poncho!