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Thinking of a warm weather getaway? A place with beaches, sand and sunshine? Perhaps you’re thinking of the Caribbean, Mexico or the South of France. Well, a new CDC rule related to COVID-19 may have you re-thinking your plans.

Under this new CDC rule that becomes effective January 26, all international air passengers (two years and older) arriving into the US will be required to get a viral test for COVID-19 within three days prior to their flight departure to the US. If you live in the US, you might think “OK what’s that got to do with me”?  Well, this rule applies to US residents as well as others. The rule states that passengers must provide the airline written documentation of their negative laboratory test results or documentation of recovery from COVID-19. If a passenger is unable or unwilling to provide the required documentation, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.  

Whoa, suddenly this makes things seem much more serious and complicated. Imagine flying to say, Mexico as an example, for a week of rest and relaxation at a nice beachfront hotel enjoying the warmth and sunshine.  Then suddenly having to scramble to find a place to get a test and the accompanying paperwork before you can get on a plane to go home. This then begs the question, what happens if just one person in your party is unable to get the test and paperwork? Do you leave them behind or does the whole party stay?  

What’s a person to do? You NEED to get away, you WANT a vacation to a warm place with beautiful beaches, warmth and sunshine. We at Ola Properties have the solution for you! Pack your bags and head to Ko Olina on the beautiful, sun filled Leeward Coast of Oahu! Ko Olina has some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet and the famous lagoons here are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and just relaxing. 

Admittedly, if you’re coming to Ko Olina you will want to get a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival in Hawaii so that you can avoid the state’s 10 day quarantine. Find the latest Hawaii travel and entry requirements by visiting  https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/

Personally, I would much rather get the COVID-19 testing out of the way before I go on vacation rather than dealing with it while there.  I could imagine myself waking up on day five of a seven day vacation, suddenly remembering that the family needed tests and spending the remainder of our vacation scrambling to find a testing site in unfamiliar territory and hoping to get tested in time to get on a plane back home: with the entire family!

Why create additional stress for yourself by traveling outside the country? Hop on a plane and come to Ko Olina instead. We have weekly rentals at the Beach Villas at Ko Olina or if you are able to work and school remotely, consider one of our longer term rentals and stay for a month or more. Maybe you can ride out the worst of the pandemic here on Oahu where our infection numbers are much lower than most of the Mainland. Give us a call at (808) 726-2878 Ext 1, or you can book directly from our website if you prefer.

Of all the places in the world you can travel to, Oahu is one of the most beautiful and most rewarding. With its year-round wonders, you’ll have a grand time no matter what time of year you venture here. Why make Oahu your holiday destination? It’s one of the best tropical family destinations! Here are a few compelling factors:

The Weather is Perfect

Here on the island of Oahu, winter blizzards are a thing of pure imagination. The weather is warm here, all year long! In the winter months, you’ll find average temperatures between the 60s and 70s, with some cozy tropical rain that invites you to curl up with a nice cup of tea.

It’s an Island Paradise

In many other places, attractions are shut down for the winter. Mountains are closed off from travel, the waters are too cold to brave. But not here on Oahu! When you come to Oahu for the holidays, you’ll be able to enjoy the lush island to its fullest. Take a whale-watching trip. Spectate a surfing contest. Take a hike into the mystical natural world here on the island (some of our favorites are the Seven Falls Hike, Olomana Trail, and the Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail). You’ll also be able to visit some of the cultural cornerstones of Oahu, like Honolulu Museum of Art or the Hale’iwa Art Gallery.

There’s Holiday Fun for Everyone

The holiday spirit is infectious here! We love the holiday season, and you’ll love the many ways we celebrate it in the Oahu community. Throughout the month of December, Honolulu City Lights is hosting various events, all free to the public and family friendly. Bring the family along for photos with Santa, family movies, milk and cookies, and even festival rides. Come and see The Nutcracker, one of the most classic holiday traditions, with a Hawaiian twist! This ballet will be playing at Ballet Hawaii for a limited time in December. There are tons of other holiday fun awaiting around every corner, like “Santa” visiting the North Shore, and even the Honolulu Marathon.

You’ll Have a Wonderful Place to Stay

When you make your way to Oahu this holiday season, you can rest easy knowing that a warm and comfortable Ola Properties rental home is already here, awaiting your arrival. Simply give us a call today at (888) 737-4188 or (808) 726-2878 and we’ll help you get started on finding your holiday home!