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Where Should You Buy Your Next Beach House: Cabo or Kauai?

We compare top vacation residences in two of the Western Hemisphere’s top beach destinations….

Cabo or Kauai?

Mexican and Hawaiian beach resorts have long competed for the affections of vacation-home shoppers from the West Coast and beyond. Here we weigh the benefits of two new communities in these classic destinations.

Chileno Bay Resort & Residences

The Place

New to the Auberge Resorts Collection, this property sits within Discovery Land Co.’s 1,200-acre Chileno Bay community. The 32 residences are steps from a swimmable cove—a rarity in Los Cabos—that is ideal for snorkeling.

What $2.8 Million Gets You

A front-row view of whales from your four-bedroom, 3,100-square-foot penthouse outfitted with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances in the kitchen and a hot tub on the terrace. 

The Privileges

Access to the hotel’s spa, beach club, water-sports center, and more. Full membership opens up all the trappings of Chileno Bay, most notably its Tom Fazio golf course.

Amenity You Didn’t Know You Needed

Chileno Bay membership also affords harvesting privileges at its organic farm.

Best For

Active families looking for a casual getaway where they can fish at sunrise, golf in the afternoon, and swim and snorkel in between. (chilenobayresidences.com—Lisa Sweetingham

Hokuala Kauai—A Timbers Resort

The Place

Debuting in stages beginning this year, this 450-acre spread will be the last oceanfront development on Kauai, grandfathered in thanks to a decades-old deal. Timbers Resorts stepped in last year to build a community that will initially include 47 residences.

What $2.8 Million Gets You

A two-bedroom, 1,714-square-foot unit with three lanais overlooking a lagoon. Sliding glass doors open onto Kalapaki Beach. 

The Privileges

Preferential tee times at the Jack Nicklaus course, plus access to a spa, gym, clubhouse, and children’s programs.

Amenity You Didn’t Know You Needed

Water taxis to take you to the community’s retail center, running trails, event pavilion, and other spots. 

Best For

The private-jet set who can hop over to the island easily (the airport is next door) and enjoy hiking, paddleboarding, and other active pursuits. (hokualakauai.com—Heidi Mitchell

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