Fodor's Expert Review Poipu Beach Park
At the most popular beach on the South Shore, the snorkeling and swimming are good during calm seas, and when the surf's up, the bodyboarding and surfing are good, too. Frequent sunshine, grassy lawns, play equipment, and easy access add to the appeal, especially with families. The beach is frequently crowded and great for people-watching. Even the endangered Hawaiian monk seal often makes an appearance. Take a walk west on a path fronting numerous resorts. Note that at time of writing, this beach is one of a few on Kauai that may institute a parking fee for nonresidents. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; parking (free); showers; toilets. Best for: partiers; snorkeling; sunbathing; swimming.