The Ka’anapali Beach area is one of the most popular resort area in Maui (the other being Wailea). It is a 3-mile stretch of white sand beach. It is consistently named to many “best beaches” lists. We stayed on Ka’anapali Beach during both of our Hawaiian vacations. Last year we stayed at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas and this year we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. There is a reason that this beach is so highly regarded. The beach is absolutely beautiful, is not incredibly crowded and has decent waves and good snorkeling.
I was surprised how few people spent time on the beach in front of the Hyatt Regency. Most of the time we went to the beach, we were one of the only people on the beach. I’m guessing there were a few reasons for this. The pools at the Hyatt Regency are great and many people stay at them all day. The sand area in front of the Hyatt Regency isn’t huge and it’s non-existent during high tide. There is an area further down the beach that has a much larger sand area. You can see it just by looking at the map below. The Hyatt Regency is located at the bottom of the map. About half way up the map, you’ll see an area with much more sand. That’s located around where the Westin Maui Resort & Spa (different hotel than the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas). It’s not a very long walk at all. This area also has decent waves. You’ll see people surfing, boogieboarding and skimboarding.
The kids in front of the Hyatt Regency
At the sandier part of Ka’anapali Beach
Capital One 100,000 Promotion
Last year, Capital One ran an incredible 100,000 promotion where they would match the number of miles in one of your frequent flyer accounts up to 100,000 miles. That promotion is what made a lot of our Hawaii trip possible. I got the card with the 100,000 miles match and redeemed the miles for Hyatt gift certificates.
This year, Capital One is re-running the promotion but it is not nearly as lucrative this time around. Personally, I don’t think I would apply for the card this time around (I’m not eligible anyway because I got the card last year). This year, they will only match the amount that you spent on a travel credit card (not including sign-up bonuses). They will give you 2 miles for every $1 you spent on the other card. So you’d have to have spent $50,000 on one travel credit card last year to get a 100,000 match. Plus those 100,000 miles are really only worth 1 cent per mile (or $1,000). Capital One also pulls your credit report from all 3 credit bureaus.
Given all of that, if you want to get a credit card that will give you about $1,000 in sign-up bonus value, I would suggest the Chase Sapphire instead. Their current offer is a 50,000 point sign-up bonus after spending $3,000 on the card within 3 months. Those points can be transferred to a number of airlines and hotel frequent flyer programs. And since I value airline miles at 2 cents per mile, that would give you $1,000 in value. This card has become my go-to card.
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