Both San Francisco and Hawaii were fabulous destinations in different ways and they made for a great contrast/combination.
San Fran had a great atmosphere but I couldn't believe how steep some of the roads were there. My daughter and I visited all of the popular sites; Alcatraz, Goldengate Bridge, Painted Ladies (not the 2 legged variety I hasten to add), crooked street. Pier 39 was fascinating - you could watch those sea lions all day!
Recommend taking the open top city bus tour as you get to learn a lot about all of the TV films made in and around the city including the Godfather by Frances Copola. Apparently the sadly deceased Robin Williams got his big break in one of the Comedy Houses in the city.
It was nice to arrive in Hawaii and some real sunshine and but for one day it was wall to wall sunshine in the 80's F! My daughter Phoebe enjoyed the retail therapy in Honolulu and we drove to some fabulous beaches. One problem with the outlying beaches was that there was not a lot of cover or shade and it was so easy to get sun burnt or it might just be that I am getting older and cannot take the heat like I used to!
One of the first beaches we visited we were told it was the most dangerous beach on the island with the highest incidence of broken backs and necks due to the strong currents and undertow. Needless to say we did not stay there too long!
I did notice that eating out both for breakfast and evening meals was considerably more expensive than I am used to when travelling East to Bali or Malaysia and drinks too were very expensive. It did get a bit cheaper once out of the main tourist drag.
The Mustang convertible we hired was brilliant but after a couple of days it was more comfortable with the roof up and AC on - also stopped my head getting too burnt. Once again must thank Siobhan and Gill at Traveltext holidays for making it possible!
Travel operator: Crick Travel in association with Traveltext (www.cricktravel.co.uk)
Hotel tip: In Honolulu at the Pacific Beach Hotel it was great to have a balcony on the 27th floor overlooking Waikiki beach! The higher the floor the better the view over Waikiki, Honolulu and the Pacific! Strangely I noticed there was no level 13 in our hotel - those Hawaiians must be superstitious!
Avoid the 'rooms with the view' - very noisy!
Forgot money and shoes in the hotel room after check out. Called hotel next morning and was informed no money had been found ????? (Guess what ? they did find the pair of shoes!)
Very disappointing stay........
Travel operator: none
The room we were given although it only had a view of the pool area was really big,a lounge area and then through to the bedroom and bathroom, the room itself was a bit dated but very clean which is all important as far as we are concerned.
We had 2 TV's and a fridge as well as a hairdrier, iron and ironing board and a safe.
Travel operator: United Vacations
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