It's safe to say that most visitors to Honolulu choose this destination with visions of relaxing on long white sand beaches with crystal clear blue water. Luckily for those ocean goers, the coast of Oahu is riddled with the kind of beaches featured on travel agency posters and brochures. From beaches that offer a calm paradise in the summer, to others with world class surfing in the winter, and even more that are great for cocktails and people watching, Honolulu has a wide spectrum of sun, sand, and surf.
For beach goers looking for true paradise by the ocean, head out to the North Shore picturesque, white sandy beaches. At Waimea Bay treats visitors to a pristine calm bay in the summer, contrasted by monstrous surf in the winter. A jump rock and river add to the fun. Down the road at Sunset Beach, visitors will find... You guessed it, a wonderful place to watch the sunset. In addition, in the winter it's a perfect place to watch pro surfers dominate mind blowing waves, and in the summer it's generally calm.
On the east side, gems like Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach Park are ideal beaches for ocean activities. These two locations are perfect for snorkeling, kayaking, boogie boarding, and wind surfing. In the heart of Honolulu is Kuhio Beach Park, a good spot for a break from the busy streets of Waikiki.
When exploring Oahu, remember that a wonderful beach is never more than ten minutes away.