10 Best Beaches on Kauai for Sun, Sand and Surf

Kauai is the oldest Hawaiian Island, and itʻs geological age has blessed it with a huge array of beaches with fine white sand. The entire coastline is dotted with gorgeous beaches, all offering soft sand for sunning and plenty of space for swimming, but each beach is unique with what other activities they offer. Some are great for surfing, other for watching the sunset, while others have amazing snorkeling or hold title as great family beaches.

On Kauai, a great beach is never far away. On the North Shore gems like Keʻe Beach Park and Haʻena Beach Park are just minutes apart from each other by car, and actually blend into each other on the beach. While the former is home to a wonderful snorkeling pool made naturally, Haʻena is a great place to camp, swim and watch surfers on epic waves.

The east side draws avid snorkeling into Lydgate Beach Park with itʻs natural ocean pool that hold the title as the islandʻs best snorkeling spot. This amazing family beach offers places for picnics, safe swimming, the best snorkeling, and has a huge playground.

At the end of the road of the west side lies Polihale Beach Park. Miles and miles of fine white sand offer the islandʻs best seats for the sunset, and the secluded beach is great for camping and beach combing. Spend a day out here with lunch and exploring and donʻt leave before sunset.

Salt Pond Beach Park
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Come to Salt Pond Beach Park for the best of Hawaii's beaches in one, with white sand, black rocks, tide pools, fairly protected swimming and a large lawn with food trucks and camping. This isn't one of the most remote beaches but it is the...  Read More

Ha`ena Beach Park
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A truly gorgeous beach, Ha`ena Beach park is near the end of the road on the North Shore. The park offers full amenities - bathrooms, cold showers, a lifeguard, grassy lawn, picnic tables, and often a lunch wagon or two. This beach is quite...  Read More

Queen's Bath Pond
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Mother nature constructed this natural swimming pool right in an ocean side cliff. This is a popular spot with visitors, and is quite unique to anything you've probably seen. It's a medium size pool right on the water, and the amount of salt...  Read More

Poi'pu Beach Park and Brennecke's Beach
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Thanks to its proximity to South Shore resorts, this stretch of beach gets a good amount of traffic. It doesn't hurt, of course, that it boasts abundant sunlight, soft sand, incredible views, and a good mix of surf and gentle shallows. Families...  Read More

Anini Beach County Park
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Thanks to a substantial protective reef, this North Shore beach is one of the area's most popular for watersport novices. The three-mile-long stretch of beach invites folks to sunbathe and enjoy the weather, while the shallow waters are perfect...  Read More

Hanalei Bay


This large, crescent-shaped bay on the North Shore hosts a number of enviable beaches, which all share golden sands and clear, calm waters. The bay is protected by coral reefs, and along its two-mile stretch, folks soak in the sun, build...  Read More

Lydgate Beach Park


Lydgate Beach Park truly has everything you could need for a day at the beach - two protected natural swimming pools, spectacular snorkeling, white sand, amenities, lifeguard, and an amazing playground for children. This is where snorkel...  Read More

Lumahai Beach


Immortalized in the movie "South Pacific," this gorgeous beach garners ample acclaim for its beauty, although its swimming opportunities are less than optimal. Rip currents plague the waters, which are generally too dangerous to broach except in...  Read More

Ke'e Beach State Park
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Located at the western end of Ha'ena State Park, this spectacular beach is a North Shore favorite. Offering a protected swimming environment (thanks to offshore reefs), the beach is at its best in the summertime, when waters are serene. The...  Read More

Polihale State Beach Park
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A treasure at the very end of the road on Kaua`i's West Side, is Polihale Beach Park. All together, Polihale encompasses about 13 miles, much of which is blocked off my the military. Yet the accessible part of the beach is about three miles...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade