If your perfect vacation day includes soaking up the sun, playing in the sand, or swimming in the ocean, then our Maui guide is just what you need. Our 10Best list highlights the best places to soak up the sun, with Wailea Beach being a favorite of our editors and readers. Turn off the laptop, pack your beach attire, and get ready for a relaxing day of taking in rays.

Wailea Beach


There's a reason that some of Maui's most prestigious resorts located on this part of the island: the beach. Gently sloping, protected, calm – there's nothing that's not good about this stretch of coastline, except maybe the crowds. But...  Read More



Calm waters and golden sands make this beach one of the best in the area for swimming and sunbathing. For those who are interested but haven't been initiated into the intricacies of water sports, this is also a good place to test the waters, so...  Read More

Makena Beach State Park


Undeveloped and serene, this beach looks out across the water to Molokini Island. Its pale sands and impossibly blue water render it a popular destination, even though there are no public facilities. Depending on the weather, the water can be...  Read More



Surrounded by resorts and shops, this beach – known as one of Maui's best – can be quite crowded. With its golden sands and calm waters, it's no surprise that its appeal is wide-ranging. Whether you want to swim, snorkel, sunbathe, or...  Read More

Red Sand Beach


Although the beach is spectacular, getting to it is somewhat perilous. Still, if you must go, you must, especially since photos alone don't do justice to the vibrant juxtaposition of sand, water, and vegetation. The beach itself is set in a...  Read More

Kapalua Beach


Sheltered from powerful currents, this inviting beach lets swimmers relax in gentle waters. The curved shoreline attracts visitors but not enough that sunbathers are on top of each other. Warm, soft sands ensure that leisure time is comfortable....  Read More

Hamoa Beach


Situated at the base of tall cliffs, this beach feels somewhat secluded even though it stretches out in a long, gentle curve. Its grey sands, formulated from lava and coral, give it a unique character. The surf is most gentle during the summer,...  Read More

Kamaole Park III


As you might expect, there are two other beaches with this name in the vicinity, and they all share long stretches of white sand. They also offer terrific swimming opportunities and the presence of lifeguards. Public facilities are available, as...  Read More

D.T. Fleming Beach Park


Glistening with white sand, this expansive beach offers a great place for sunbathing. If you need a respite from the heat, the beach also benefits from a stand of trees that shades its inland side. Throughout the year, swimming is ideal,...  Read More

Ho‘okipa Beach


A mecca for wind-surfing enthusiasts, this beach is one of the best anywhere according to those in the know. It's not great for swimming, but it's a terrific place to hang out and watch local and international talents negotiate waves up to...  Read More