You might know of Paia as a destination for surfers—this is basecamp for the North Shore’s phenomenal, world-record surf breaks—but for casual visitors, there’s also a major draw: the vibe, which hints at 1960s California. Beyond watching the daring ride those waves at Ho'okipa Beach, you’ll get to partake in that small-town surfer lifestyle via homey burger stands, fresh markets, and locally run shops and art galleries. (If nothing else, don’t miss Mana Foods and Paia Fish Market.) Bonus: It’s an easy stop on the Road to Hana.
This article features additional content written by Jacqueline Kehoe.