Coco Ho’s North Shore travel tips

The biggest lesson surfing has taught Coco Ho is a respect for the ocean and that every bit of knowledge in what you're doing goes a long way. Photo courtesy of Volcom
The biggest lessons surfing has taught Coco Ho is respect for the ocean and that every bit of knowledge goes a long way. Photo courtesy of Volcom

Coco Ho hails from the North Shore of Oahu, a breathtaking stretch of coastline considered one of the surfing meccas of the world. It’s famous for its waves and clockwork winter swells that can reach 50 feet high, making it an ideal spot for swell-chasers. But given island-hopping’s summertime appeal, we asked the newly minted Los Cabos Open of Surf winner and youngest descendant of the Ho dynasty—father Michael Ho, uncle Derek Ho, and brother Mason Ho have all earned their places in the surfing annals—to offer some local insight into her hometown. We’ve got the best places to stay and what to do and eat on your next visit to Hawaii’s North Shore:

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The famous Pipeline on the North Shore, Oahu. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

What is the North Shore best known for? The best waves and beautiful beaches!

Where should we stay when we visit? Anywhere on the Seven Mile Miracle (a stretch of land between Haleiwa and Turtle Bay). It consists mostly of residential homes, so renting rooms is common. But if you want a hotel experience, Turtle Bay Resort is the spot.

The best spot to grab a coffee or breakfast is … I mostly do coffee and breakfast at home, but the Coffee Gallery Hawaii in Haleiwa has the best coffee and on-the-go breakfast (in my eyes), and Cafe Haleiwa and The Beet Box Cafe (vegan) have great breakfast menus too!

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A favorite lunch spot of Coco Ho’s. Photo courtesy of The Beet Box Cafe

Your top three places for lunch are … 1) The Beet Box Cafe is healthy, filling, and oh so tasty! 2) North Shore Tacos truck (in Haleiwa) has the best fish tacos ever!!! 3) Wailua Bakery & Juice Bar has amazing sandwiches, cookies, and smoothies, and they make all of them to perfection, so go there hungry and order all three!

Your favorite place to grab a cocktail and relax is … At Lei Lei’s Bar & Grill! I go there because a lot of my friends work there and because the appetizers are yummy! Go to the Pool Bar if you want an amazing view!!!

Our packing essentials for visiting the North Shore should include … Sunscreen, bikinis, and an open-minded, positive attitude!

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Jumping Waimea Rock is on Coco Ho’s must-do list. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Things we can’t leave town without doing are … Surfing, jumping Waimea Rock, going to Foodland, going to Lei Lei’s, and going to yoga—we have lots of good classes!

We should surf … Anywhere that suits your ability on the Seven Mile Miracle.

A favorite local surf shop is the North Shore Surf Shop.

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Three things on Coco Ho’s bucket list include winning a world title, going to Santorini, Greece, and having a family of her own. Photo courtesy of ASP World Tour

When we want to shop like we mean it, we should head to … There’s no real shopping on the North Shore. Pealridge is the closest mall, but Ala Moana is the better mall, and totally worth the 20 additional minutes of drive time.

One thing we should avoid is … Forgetting to go home!

A souvenir that we can’t go home without is … A Haleiwa Joe’s cup—which means you have to have a drink while you’re here! And if you’re under 21, SHAVED ICE!

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