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Honolulu is a modern, multicultural city and the gateway to the legendarily beautiful island of O‘ahu. Rent a car through Orbitz to get a great deal, then explore the city and its surrounding area on some of the most scenic roads in the world.
Other parts of O‘ahu are more famous and, perhaps, more scenic, but Honolulu wins the award for the most authentic corner of the island. Catch some of the highlights of the real Hawaii with our guide below.
The heart of Honolulu’s dining and cultural scene is the city’s sleepless Chinatown district. Stroll around its ever-busy streets to mingle in markets, find famous theaters and some of the best restaurants on the island. Naturally, there are plenty of Chinese dishes to choose from, but the neighborhood also offers dishes from Cuba, Malaysia, Vietnam and more.
The region of Honolulu can lay a claim to having one of the most famous beaches in the world. The neighborhood of Waikīkī is lined with glamorous and historic hotels, as well as dozens of entertainment, nightlife and dining venues. The beach, one of the birthplaces of surfing, is rightly famous, but Waikīkī also offers a zoo, aquarium and sightseeing trail.
Sightseers roaming Downtown will get the chance to spot the only royal palace in the US, as well as the iconic Aloha Tower and the State Capitol building. Rub shoulders with employees at the local businesses and politicians in the operational hub of the state beneath some of the city’s most impressive skyscrapers.
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Renting a Car Hawaii isn’t necessarily the same as driving elsewhere in the US – so we’ve answered some of the biggest questions below.
All car rental agencies in Honolulu will let you rent a car if you are over 25 and carry a clean US driver’s license. If you’re between 21 and 24, renting a car isn’t impossible, but could be more expensive with younger driver surcharges. Use Orbitz to compare prices between the different companies.
Most companies don’t require a deposit but do book ahead. You’ll get better prices if you reserve in advance and few companies will charge for cancellation.
Bring your driving license, proof of where you’re staying and a credit card. If you don’t have a credit card, ask your rental company what else they require in its place. If you are traveling from outside the US, bring an International Driving Permit (IDP) along with your license.
Major international brands such as Avis, Enterprise and Hertz operate in Honolulu. Eco-conscious travelers may want to try local companies such as 808 Smart Car Rentals for lower-emission vehicles.
The appeal of O‘ahu is the slower pace of life, and that extends to driving. Drive like the locals: take the roads slowly and never honk your horn. Few other drivers are ever in a rush, but it is polite to let faster cars overtake.