Growing Tourism and the Award Winning Restaurants of Kapaa, Kauai Announced by Fern Grotto Inn.

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Visitors are choosing to spend their money in dining out, especially on the east coast of Kauai around the Kapaa area.

When asked which restaurants he would recommend to visitors to Kapaa, local businessman Paul Juma of Fern Grotto Inn replied “Monico's, Mermaids and Kintaro are the ones that I prefer.”

Tourism is leading the economic recovery on Kauai, with the most recent figures being very encouraging. The Hawaii Tourism Authority reported that visitor numbers for the island rose by 12.1% in October 2012, and that visitor spending had also increased in the same period to $119.6 million. Vacationers are staying in a variety of accommodation, be it vacation rentals, hotels or timeshare properties, and enjoying all that the excellent tourist infrastructure Kauai has to offer.

One of the areas in which tourists are choosing to spend their money is in dining out, especially on the east coast around the Kapaa area. The reason for this, is that there are a number of award winning restaurants to choose from, mixing tastes, cuisines and influences from around the world. When asked which restaurants he would recommend to visitors to Kapaa, local businessman Paul Juma of Fern Grotto Inn replied “Monico's, Mermaids and Kintaro are the ones that I prefer.”

Monico's Taqueria is a huge favourite with locals and visitors alike who have a taste for Mexican food. Over the years, this popular place has won several awards, such as the Best New Restaurant 2004, Best Mexican restaurant 2005 (Los Angeles Times), and Best Mexican Restaurant in Hawaii 2008 to name just a few. A family run business, the fish dishes are a speciality, and it gets very busy after 6.00 pm.

Mermaids is another popular place for anyone that likes to eat different foods from around the world. Various dishes such as wraps and salads appeal to those looking for a healthy alternative to fast food, and the ingredients are all sourced locally, again, helping to fuel the local economy. Vegetarians are also well catered for at this establishment that can be found on Kuhio highway.

Traditional breakfast lovers head out to Eggberts cafe not only for the hash browns and eggs Benedict, but for a caffeine fix. They also serve locally inspired food and drinks, with papaya coming highly recommended by many people, and it is easily found near to the Coconut Market Place. Occasionally, they also showcase local Hawaiian talent, and table top Hula dancing has been known to occur.

Monico's, Mermaids and Eggberts are just three of the many fine restaurants to be found in the Kapaa area. Other restaurants based there include Japanese, Korean and Chinese and these not only cater to those tourists used to international cuisine, but also to visiting nationals from those countries. Although Japanese tourists are still a minority when compared to visitors from the United States, the numbers are rapidly growing year on year. The Korean and Chinese markets for tourism are still relatively small, but in the coming years, the Hawaii Tourism Authority will be looking at ways to increase this.

For more information about staying in the area and places to eat whilst there, visit the Fern Grotto Inn blog which is a continually updated source of information about all matters relating to Kapaa and its surrounds.

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