If you’re looking for paradise, there’s a good chance you’ll find it on Oahu’s North Shore in Hawaii. The area is famous for its seven miles of pristine beaches — home to some of the world’s most prestigious surfing competitions, like the Vans Triple Crown.
If sunbathing, strolling, and relaxing are more your speed, no worries. You can do all of the above on Oahu’s North Shore. Although Oahu is known for Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach, the North Shore beaches of Waimea Bay, Ehukai Beach, and Sunset Beach are less crowded and beloved by tourists and locals alike.
If you want to catch some waves (or just watch experienced surfers do it), winter is a great time to go, with waves reaching heights of 30 feet! Summertime is a calmer ocean experience.
Oahu’s North Shore is just about a 40-minute drive from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu near Waikiki. Having a rental car is the easiest way to navigate around the North Shore, although popular rideshare services are available.
There’s no shortage of gorgeous rental properties on Oahu’s North Shore. We scoured Vrbo to find our Hawaiian favorites, evaluating photos, descriptions, and guest reviews. Here are our top 10 vacation rentals for a fabulous stay on Oahu’s North Shore.
North Shore Loft
How cool is this place? Understated luxury at an accessible price point – we love to see it. This spacious loft has an elevated design aesthetic but looks super comfortable, not stuffy.
Take advantage of the fully stocked kitchen to prepare your own meals. No one wants to do laundry on vacation, but you’ll also have a washer/dryer on site just in case.
Luxury Beachfront Ocean Villa
This villa is right on the beach, but we wouldn’t blame you if you stayed inside the whole time. It’s gorgeous.
The unit is part of a community called Turtle Bay Resort. You’ll enjoy direct ocean views here from the private lanai. In fact, the beach is just 60 feet away.
Relax after a long day at the beach in the large soaking tub, or make a delicious dinner in the fully equipped gourmet kitchen. Heck, why not both?
Pupukea Tropical Paradise
If you need lots of space, you can’t do much better than this luxurious estate with ocean views.
Guests rave about the secluded feel, beach vistas, and convenient location of this house rental. We think this property would be perfect for anyone vacationing with a large family or group of friends.
The owner calls the views at this property “mind-bending.” We believe them!
At this great location, you’ll have the beach right outside your door. Enjoy 180-degree views of the entire coast — including occasional dolphin and whale sightings.
You’re just a short walk from the supermarket and Starbucks, though we probably wouldn’t be able to tear ourselves away from the private deck. The sand — and paradisiacal shore — are steps away.
Villa With Ocean Views
This beautiful villa is perfect for the couple looking for a luxurious beach rental with the conveniences of a resort. You’ll have access to a community swimming pool and hot tub, along with access to 12 miles of hiking and biking trails, a beach volleyball court, and even luau shows! It’s the perfect location to explore Oahu.
Guests rave about the cleanliness of the rental, its excellent amenities, and the convenience. We can totally picture ourselves watching the ocean waves from the beautiful lanai with a tropical drink in hand. Cheers!
Hale Pono Gated Oceanfront Estate
This estate, just steps from the beach, really has the wow factor. We think it would be the perfect place to share with extended family for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Oahu.
The owners call this 5,000-square-foot home “an architectural masterpiece.” It features an open floor plan and huge windows, providing sightlines of the Pacific Ocean from several rooms throughout the home.
Bali-Style Beachfront Home
We hope you like beach views, because you’ll have lots of them if you stay here. The beach house is all about the indoor/outdoor living experience, with breathtaking lanais that overlook stunning beaches. Snorkeling, surfing, and shelling are only steps out the door.
With three full bathrooms, this is another great choice for a big family trip. The gourmet full kitchen includes Viking appliances, so don’t be shy about cooking. In fact, you can try your hand at preparing the catch of the day — some of the island’s best fishing is just a two-minute walk from the property.
Sandy Beach Estate
This estate is our priciest pick, but we can dream, right? Bring the whole family to this estate, which features two separate, fully appointed living spaces.
The owner says it’s perfect for vacations, family reunions, and even small weddings. Personally, we’re most excited about the turtles who make afternoon visits to the beach to hang out with the local fishermen.
Tiki Bar House
Need something cozy and classy? Check out this pad, which, yes, has its own little tiki bar. You’ll also enjoy vaulted ceilings, a jacuzzi, and free laundry.
This property has direct beachfront access. The owners say it feels a bit like being on a boat. After all, the seawall is just about 20 feet away.
North Shore Beachfront House
We love this gem on Oahu’s North Shore, with sweeping views of the ocean just outside your door. Imagine grilling your dinner and enjoying it alfresco on that porch while admiring the sunset. Doesn’t that sound divine?
This home is just steps from a small, sandy beach with reef and tide pools. About 100 yards away, you’ll find a swimming area.
This home is one of four that are situated side by side, so the owners say it’s great for large family events like reunions or weddings.
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