The perfect beach house was a VRBO across the street from Richardson Ocean Park, just 15 minutes from Hilo. Traveling with our daughter, son-in-law and their 6 and 2 year olds and also with our son and his fiancé. It was tricky to find a place that would have something for everyone, but I think that this place came pretty close. A screened in lanai at the front of the house gave us front row seats to the changing colors of the sea and the sky, what a glorious show! The upstairs main floor has a nice living area: kitchen, bath and master bedroom. Below is the family unit with a kitchenette, beds for the family of four and a large bathroom. Across the street, in the park, there are numerous sheltered lagoon areas that were prefect for new and non-swimmers. Both kids enjoyed ocean play without the waves and could stand up in many areas of the pools. The owners thoughtfully included an outdoor shower with hot water and a BBQ, along with a kayak (that I can’t believe we never had a chance to take out!), snorkeling gear, sand toys, boogie boards and a surfboard.
The yard, which is planted with several tropical fruits and flowers, progressed from grass to jungle to a mini rainforest, enough to enchant anyone into island adventure fantasies.
Months ago, when we made our plans, we weren’t sure if our son would be able to join us, so we ended up getting a condo for our son and his fiancé, that was one mile down the beach road. It worked out really well. This gave them privacy and was also close enough to be part of the family party. They began the trip as boy friend and girl friend and a couple of day into the trip, they became engaged. (She may have said “no” if she was staying in the same house with his crazy family. )
So, yeah, I am looking up home prices in the area and thinking about how what life may be like to pick a papaya from the yard for breakfast, go for a swim in the ocean and read a book on the lanai, eat poke and drink Mahana porter for dinner…forever….