A Tropical Travel Blog
by Cate Lincoln

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Things to Do in Hanalei, Kauai North Shore

Things to Do in Hanalei, Kauai North Shore

The north shore of Kauai is probably the dreamiest place in the Hawaiian Islands. Lush and tropical, this is the stuff your Jurassic Park dreams are made of. It’s less developed than the more tourist-centric south shore of Kauai and has more of a local feel giving...

Things to Do on Oahu’s North Shore

Things to Do on Oahu’s North Shore

Hawaii is home to some of the most famous waves in the world, and the north shore of Oahu is ground zero for surfing in Hawaii. The legendary surf breaks from Haleiwa to Kahuku have created a “scene” that’s a world away from Honolulu, and whether you’ll be on island...

Ultimate Guide to Kihei, Maui

Ultimate Guide to Kihei, Maui

A good many of visitors to Maui are attracted to the Kihei area because of it’s central location, sunny weather, beautiful beaches, large number of restaurants, and bargain priced accommodations. It feels more like a “town” than a lot of Maui’s resort areas even...

Molokai: The Most Hawaiian Island

Molokai: The Most Hawaiian Island

This trip to Molokai was sponsored by Maui Nui (the tourism board for Maui County), which means all of my expenses were paid for and the itinerary was organized for me. As always, I only recommend my absolute favorites to you. Thank you for supporting the brands that...

Things to Do in Paia & Haiku, Maui

Things to Do in Paia & Haiku, Maui

Home to big wave, surfers, hippy towns, and so many sea turtles, Maui’s north shore is a region that you definitely don’t want to miss. Even if you’re staying in the resort areas in south and west Maui, it’s worth at least a day trip to see the sites. There are three...

16 Best Maui Breakfast Spots

16 Best Maui Breakfast Spots

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and with the time difference in Hawaii, I ALWAYS find myself ready for a big breakfast early in the morning. Here are some of my favorite Maui breakfast spots, divided up by each part of the island. Also check out my post on...

11 Best Fine Dining Restaurants on Maui

11 Best Fine Dining Restaurants on Maui

If you’re anything like me, your vacations may occasionally (alright, often) revolve around food. There’s nothing wrong with planning your days around meals right? Right?? Anyways, if you’re going to be on Maui, you've got to squeeze in at least a couple of nice...

Best Food in Maui: 23 Local Restaurants

Best Food in Maui: 23 Local Restaurants

Are you heading to Maui and looking for some off the beaten path local spots? I’ve rounded up some of the best food in Maui including my favorite places to eat for plate lunches, seafood, loco mocos, and more! They're sorted by different parts of the island, and not...

Ultimate Guide to Ka’anapali, Maui

Ultimate Guide to Ka’anapali, Maui

Ka’anapali is a resort area in West Maui that’s anchored by the ultra nice Ka’anapali beach. Originally developed in the 1960s, it remains the most popular place to stay and play on Maui. The old whaling village of Lahaina is nearby so you’ll be right in the middle of...

Ultimate Guide to Wailea, Maui

Ultimate Guide to Wailea, Maui

Of all the amazing resort areas in Hawaii, Wailea – a resort community in south Maui – is by far my favorite. If you’re never been to Maui before, chances are it’s exactly what you think Maui would be like – manicured and lush, quiet and luxurious with gorgeous...

Mama’s Fish House: Is It Worth It?

Mama’s Fish House: Is It Worth It?

When asked for my list of must dos on Maui, I can provide you with endless things to do, see, and places to eat. Maui is my favorite Hawaiian Island and easily the island I know best (I used to live there). But the list you really want is my “short” list. Not...

Guide to Ko Olina Oahu, Hawaii

Guide to Ko Olina Oahu, Hawaii

Ko Olina is an oceanfront resort area on the leeward (west) side of Oahu. It’s a preplanned community (as in, much of the infrastructure was laid out before many of the resorts and restaurants moved in) so it has a bit of a curated and idyllic vibe that although is...

Best Food on the Big Island

If you’re a self-proclaimed foodie like me, a lot of your vacation probably centers around where you’re going to eat. And there’s nothing wrong with that! So to help you out, I’ve rounded up 20 of the best Big Island restaurants so you’ll know exactly where to find...

Best Food on Oahu: 17 Must Try Restaurants

Best Food on Oahu: 17 Must Try Restaurants

Oahu is a foodie’s paradise, so if you’re like me and you plan your trips around eating (oh wait, that’s just me?), you’re going to be busy on Oahu! Oahu is home to a lot of “Hawaii famous” places as well as both iconic and trendy restaurants. So I’ve done a LOT of...

Best Food on Kauai: 21 Must Try Restaurants

Best Food on Kauai: 21 Must Try Restaurants

If you’re like me, eating is a big part of any vacation but instead of stumbling blindly into a restaurant and hoping it’s good, I like to do a little research before hand to make sure I’m hitting the best spots. I’ve done a LOT of research, tried a lot of places, and...