Plan Your Trip from Tampa to Kona
Flying From Tampa
The commercial airport offering flights from Tampa is the Tampa International Airport. It primarily serves Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines, and North American Airlines. The airport lies six miles west of downtown Tampa. Orbitz.com can help you find cheap flights from Tampa International.
Parking at the Airport
Tampa International Airport offers several parking options for your vehicle while you are away. Short-term parking is in a garage located above the terminal at the northern end of the airport. It costs no more than $20 for a 24-hour period. Long-term parking is the cheaper option; it costs $15 for 24 hours. The long-term parking area is adjacent to Airside A. Orbitz.com's flight planner option helps you choose parking options.
Transportation Options for Travelers
Getting to Tampa International Airport is easy by bus or taxi. HART makes regular stops at the east end of the red baggage claim near belt #15. Greyhound, meanwhile, has a terminal on Polk Street in downtown Tampa that has buses that travel to the airport. If you take a taxi, expect to pay at least $15. Orbitz.com may offer special deals for bus tickets, depending on your location.
Eating at the Airport
The landside building at the airport offers a variety of cuisines to refresh you before your flight from Tampa. If you want coffee and breakfast, you can have a latte at the Starbucks, which is open 24 hours per day. Terminal restaurants, including Burger King, are open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Traveling to Kona
Kona is the westernmost district on the Big Island of Hawaii and the shortened name for the city of Kailua-Kona. The Kona International Airport at Keahole located at 73-200 Kupipi St. services residents and visitors of the city looking for cheap flights to Kona. Airlines operating out of Kona include Air Canada, Delta Airlines, American Airlines and US Airways, among others. The airport is about seven miles from Kailua and still maintains an open-air design that takes full advantage of the beautiful Hawaii weather.
Transportation From the Kona International Airport
Travel to Kailua-Kona from the Kona International Airport is provided primarily by taxi or rental car, with shuttle services available to resorts in the area and limited bus services through the Hawaii County Mass Transit Agency for $1.00. Round-trip shuttle services are available for about $48, with trips taking approximately 15 minutes, and taxis are about $25 one way to the downtown area.
The Weather in Kona
The weather in Kona is tropical with warm temperatures lasting throughout the year. The average low in the coldest month of January only reaches 66 degrees Fahrenheit, with average highs in the warmest month of August only reaching 88 degrees. Rainfall is light and brief, so dress can be as lightweight as desired while in the region.
Things to Do in Kona
Kona is a tourist's paradise with beautiful beaches to relax in as you enjoy warm ocean breezes and beautiful sunsets. For those who want a more challenging time in Kona though, there's always the Ironman World Championship Triathlon in October. To race in the work championship, you'll first have to qualify through one of the many qualification races held around the world. Watching the race is free though, and it is often worth the price of one of the cheap flights to Kona available through Orbitz.com.
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-kona 3.5 out of 5.0
Located on the water next to Kona Pier, Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel is ideally situated for walking around Kailua-Kona village; ...
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr, Kamuela 4.5 out of 5.0
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is in Waikoloa on the Kohala Coast, a 5-minute drive from Puako Petroglyph Park and 15 minutes from the ruined ancient Hawaiian ...
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa69-275 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa 4.0 out of 5.0
Fronting a deep, half-mile stretch of beach on the sunny Kohala Coast, this family-friendly Waikoloa Beach resort is located next to 2 golf courses and across ...
Hilton Waikoloa Village69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa 4.0 out of 5.0
This 7-story Waikoloa beachfront hotel located on an island is adjacent to two golf courses and within a 5-minute drive of King's Shops and petroglyphs. Anaehoomalu ...
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona 4.0 out of 5.0
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay is located near an active volcano, snow capped mountains, and marine activities. You can observe majestic manta rays ...
The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii1 N Kaniku Drive Kohala, Kamuela 4.5 out of 5.0
This 32-acre oceanfront resort is set on the sunny Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island. The resort features water sports, including kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, ...
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