Although one of the less remote beaches on the island, Poipu is postcard perfect and has a little something for everyone. Its double crescent shape and easily sloping beach offer opportunities for a number of water activities as well as facilities for barbecuing and picnicking. Poipu is also located within a stones-throw of Baby Beach, a little gem with a protected cove perfect for parents with younger children.
Perhaps one of the best tropical getaway destinations on the planet, Hanalei Bay is two miles of beach flanked by volcanic mountains. Constantly rated one of the top beaches in the world, Hanalei somehow still retains the aura of an undiscovered secret. Just west of Princeville on Kauai’s North Shore, Hanalei offers more privacy than Poipu, and is an ideal example of the true Kauai experience. Be sure to take a walk down Hanalei Pier and take in the panorama.
Located on the northwest side of Kauai, Ke’e is an end-of-the road beach that offers up stunning views of the Na Pali Coast, particularly at sunset. Best enjoyed during the calm waters of summer, the waves are held at bay by a reef, making it an ideal location for snorkeling. Ke’e is a popular spot, so be prepared to share this slice of paradise with a crowd. If its privacy you’re after, it’s best to show up early or stay late.