Hawaii's largest city, Honolulu is a winter sun destination unlike any other.
"Where else can you see businessmen in suits crossing the street next to people in bikinis carrying surfboards?" asks Jeanne Cooper, coauthor of Frommer's Hawaii.
The youthful, invigorating city offers excellent multicultural food and nightlife for all budgets—and there's a huge inventory of hotel rooms and airline seats that keep prices competitive, she says. You could stay a week in Honolulu and visit a different beach every day. Most famous is the touristy central section of Waikiki, fronting the historic Royal Hawaiian and Moana Surfrider hotels. It's a spectacle, but for a quieter scene head west to Fort DeRussy Beach Park, an 1,800-foot stretch of soft sand backed by green lawn at Waikiki's outer fringe. To the east, just beyond Diamond Head, locals may outnumber tourists at pockets of white-sand beach dotting the tony Kahala neighborhood.