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  • Haena Beach Park

    1. Haena Beach Park


    This is a drive-up beach park popular with campers year-round. The wide bay here—named Makua—is bordered by two large reef systems creating...Read More

    Haena Beach Park
  • Hanalei Bay

    2. Hanalei Bay


    This 2-mile crescent beach cradles a wide bay in a setting that is quintessential Hawaii. The sea is on one side, and behind you are the mountains...Read More

    Hanalei Bay
  • Kalalau

    3. Kalalau


    Located at the end of the trail with the same name, Kalalau is a remote beach in spectacular Napali Coast State Wilderness Park. Reaching it...Read More

  • 4. Kee Beach


    Highway 560 on the North Shore literally dead-ends at this beach, pronounced kay-eh. This is also the start of the famous Kalalau Trail, and...Read More

  • Lawai Kai

    5. Lawai Kai


    One of the most spectacular beaches on the South Shore is inaccessible by land unless you tour the National Tropical Botanical Garden's Allerton...Read More

    Lawai Kai
  • Mahaulepu Beach

    6. Mahaulepu Beach


    This 2-mile stretch of coast, with its sand dunes, limestone hills, sinkholes, and caves, is unlike any other on Kauai. Remains of a large,...Read More

    Mahaulepu Beach
  • Poipu Beach Park

    7. Poipu Beach Park


    The most popular beach on the South Shore is Poipu Beach Park. During calm seas, the snorkeling and swimming are good, and when the surf's up...Read More

    Poipu Beach Park
  • Polihale State Park

    8. Polihale State Park


    The longest stretch of beach in Hawaii starts in Kekaha and ends about 15 miles away at the start of Napali Coast. At Napali end of the beach...Read More

    Polihale State Park
  • 9. Aliomanu Beach


    This narrow beach is lined with homes, most of them set back a bit and screened with vegetation that blocks access along the sand in a number...Read More

  • 10. Anahola Beach Park


    Anahola is part of the Hawaiian Homelands on Kauai, so Anahola Beach Park is definitely a locals' hangout, especially for families with small...Read More

  • 11. Anini Beach Park


    A great family park, Anini features one of the longest and widest fringing reefs in all Hawaii, creating a shallow lagoon that is good for snorkeling...Read More

  • 12. Baby Beach


    There aren't many safe swimming beaches on Kauai's East Side; however, this one usually ranks highly with parents because there's a narrow,...Read More

  • 13. Beach House Beach


    Don't pack the beach umbrella, beach mats, and cooler for this one. Just your snorkel gear, when the seas are calm. The beach, named after the...Read More

  • 14. Brennecke Beach


    This beach is synonymous on Kauai with board surfing and bodysurfing, thanks to its shallow sandbar and reliable shore break. Because the beach...Read More

  • 15. Donkey Beach


    This beach gets its unusual name from the former Lihue Plantation Company, which once kept a herd of mules and donkeys in the pasture adjacent...Read More

  • 16. Hanakapiai Beach


    Hanakapiai Beach is a small jewel you’ll discover after the first 2 miles of Napali Trail and crossing the stream. It’s a beauty, with fine...Read More

  • 17. Kahili Beach


    You wouldn't know it today, but this beach on Kilauea Bay was once an interisland steamer landing and a rock quarry. Today, it's a fairly quiet...Read More

  • 18. Kalapaki Beach


    Five minutes south of the airport in Lihue, you'll find this wide, sandy-bottom beach fronting the Kauai Marriott. This beach is almost always...Read More

  • 19. Kalihiwai Beach


    A winding road leads down a cliff face to picture-perfect Kalihiwai Beach, which fronts a bay of the same name. It's another one of those drive...Read More

  • 20. Kauapea Beach


    This beach went relatively unknown—except by local fishermen, of course—for a long time, hence the common reference to it as "Secret Beach....Read More

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