5 Best Beaches in Kauai

It’s nearly impossible to dream of Hawaii without envisioning pristine beaches and swaying palm trees. Whether you are hoping to snorkel, swim, surf or simply lay on the warm sand with that book you’ve been dying to read, Kauai has plenty of options. And unless you are spending a month on the island, you will sadly not have time to enjoy every beach. Here are five of the best beaches to help you narrow down your very tough decision:

Hanalei Beach 

A two-mile stretch of sandy beach with scenic mountain vistas on the island's north shore. The perfect spot to sit with your take-out fish tacos and enjoy the sunset over the bay. 

P.S.  I saw one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen here, so pack a blanket because you’re not going to want to leave until after dark.

Polihale Park Beach

The longest stretch of beach in Hawaii located in Polihale State Park (on the west coast of Kauai). Getting there alone is an adventure due to the miles of bumpy, unpaved road. Though the waters are notoriously rough, the beach is remote and often empty, making it the perfect spot to camp out for the day and soak up some sunshine. But don’t forget a picnic & plenty of water as there aren’t any restaurants or stores nearby.

Ke’e Beach

Located at the farthest point accessible by car on the north shore.  Ke’e is protected by a reef, surrounded by dramatic cliffs and perfect for snorkeling and swimming. Just beware, you may never want to leave.

Anahola Beach

Located on the east side of Kauai. Though I prefer the northern beaches, Anahola Beach is pristine and a great pitstop if you’re making your way around the island.

Haena Beach

Where the jungle meets the bluest sea on the north side. Mount Makana provides a dramatic photo backdrop, especially at sunset. It neighbors Tunnels Beach which is said to be the very best spot for snorkeling.

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Anna Foushee
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