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10 Dreamy Airbnbs on the North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

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Last Updated on October 14, 2022 by The Noms

We have compiled a list of the best 10 Airbnbs located on the North Shore. Oahu, North Shore Airbnb options that are about 45 minutes away from Honolulu are a great option for traveling with other couples, your family, or just a romantic vacay for 2!

We visited Hawaii almost two years ago and absolutely fell in love with it. Not only did we stay on the North Shore, right on the ocean, we also spent time on the Big Island! Oahu was perfect for those first few days, and being steps from the water was an absolute dream.


Beach at dawn


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We went with Jay’s parents, sister and our boys. So the place we stayed was great for families, but we will give you all sorts of options in this list for places to stay with your family, another couple or 2, or just you and your love!


Sunset in Hawaii


North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

We spent five days on the North Shore, and fell in love with certain places to eat like Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck and the Sunrise Shack was a great option for breakfast. Good pastries were found at Ted’s! Poke and fresh fish were great options at the local grocery stores and that is where we got most of our fresh fish and poke for lunches and easy dinners!


Green smoothie bowl with dried fruit and nuts on top Pink smoothie bowl with fruit on top, and a tiny umbrella Blue Smoothie bowl with fruit on top Hand reaching for shave ice and plates of shrimp


We also found some great local honey, fruit, veggies and fish at the Waialua Farmer’s Coop Market at the Old Waialua Sugar Mill in Haleiwa.


The place we stayed a few years ago was right on Papailoa Beach, but explored Banzai Pipeline and watched surfers, Waimea Valley (bring your swim suit!), toured Ko Hana Distillery, and even checked out a few bars in Honolulu. We just enjoyed being right on the beach, and relaxing in the warm breezes and the boys absolutely loved being in the water and playing on the sand.


Waterfall and stream

Aged rum being poured in tasting glass Distillery vats Green buildings at Kohana


I think Jay and I both agreed it was the best sleep we ever got in our lives that week with our sliding door open in our bedroom at night and hearing the waves crash on the beach. It was the best natural sound machine we could have asked for!


Palm trees at dawm with a little light behind


Spirited Travel

Since starting our blog, Gastronom, we have been traveling all over the US. We always call our traveling “Spirited Travel” because we make sure to always make a visit to local breweries, wineries and distilleries! It’s always a great part of our trip, and we went to a great one on Hawaii!

We do judge a cool airbnb rental on style, decor, location, price and fun, special amenities they may offer. We personally love to be able to cook at least breakfast for ourselves while traveling, and while doing a quick weekend away, this is completely up to you!



Equally, we love a nightcap, or a cocktail before going out to dinner! But, on the North Shore, just know its a bit of a drive to Honolulu (about an hour each way) and there are some farther north, or in Haleiwa, but probably not right near where you are staying.


2 cocktails on bar


Can You Swim on the North Shore, Hawaii?

Yes, and no. The water is rough during the winter, which is when the surf competitions are. But summer and fall are usually more calm, and you can swim and go snorkeling!


North Shore in 1 Day Ideas

  • Matsumoto‘s for Shave Ice!
  • Watch surfers at the Banzai Pipeline (best during the winter months)
  • Shark Diving
  • Turtle Beach: see the sea turtles, but don’t touch!
  • Dole Plantation Tour
  • Ehukai Pillbox Hike
  • Make sure to stay for the sunset – we never had a bad one while we were there. Definitely worth waiting for. Take a picnic to the beach and enjoy!


How Long Does it Take To Drive from Honolulu to the North Shore?

It takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour from Waikiki to Haleiwa. If you go during rush hour it will take slightly longer, but otherwise the traffic moves pretty quickly. We went back and forth across the island quite a few times and only got caught in rush hour traffic one time, and it only delayed us about 10 minutes.


lady and man in front of ocean


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Airbnbs on the North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

These dreamy airbnb options are great for a vacation rental if you are staying on Oahu, Hawaii on the North Shore for vacation.


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