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Weekend Getaway: Nonstop from San Francisco to Kailua-Kona

If you’re looking to take a relaxing weekend trip from San Francisco to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, we can’t blame you. Between the environment and the people, it’s a beautiful place to be and one you’re going to want to revisit over and over again. Should you decide that it’s the ideal location for you to visit, the following are some tips to make the most of your weekend trip.

Pick Your Nonstop Flight
As you probably already guessed, taking a nonstop flight from San Francisco to Kailua-Kona is likely going to be more expensive than if you were to take a flight with stops, but the good news is that you’ll have more time to see and do what you want in the city when you choose the flight that requires the least amount of time.

Consider the Cost
Booking a nonstop flight can be expensive, and actually—although worth it—visiting Hawaii in general can be expensive even if you’re going for a weekend. You have the distance working out in your favor, however, considering you’re flying from the West Coast and not further, and more good news is that you have several options for where you can stay. When it comes to the flight, you may find that you’re better off booking it together with the hotel to increase your chances of getting a pretty good discount. When you visit also plays a part. For example, if you are planning on being there during New Year’s Eve, expect to pay more than what you probably would throughout the rest of the year. Unless you’re absolutely set on traveling one particular weekend, take your time to search around for good deals on different dates.

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Get Some Coffee
If you’re a coffee fan, you probably already know that there is some incredible coffee that comes out of Hawaii. It’s especially revered for its Kona coffee which also happens to be one of the most expensive coffees not just in the United States, but in the world. The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival—the oldest food festival in Hawaii—takes place every year in Kailua-Kona, so if you’re interested in attending make sure to check the dates.

Check the Dates of the Ironman World Championship
Every year, the Ironman World Championship is set in Kailua-Kona, and if you want to be there for the event then you’re going to want to start by checking when it’s going to take place, but if you would rather not be, then you’re going to want to look into going when the event isn’t. Should you decide you’re going to want to attend either of the two events mentioned or any others, make sure you make your reservations as far in advance as possible before everyone else does.

Lastly, if you’re going to take the time to travel from San Francisco to Kailua-Kona, think about making it a long weekend rather than trying to jam everything into only two days. It’ll give you more time to do what you’d like and leave some extra time to travel so you don’t have to rush.

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