Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
Yes
Snorkeling / SCUBA
Yes
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Perhaps one of the most popular beaches on the southern coast of Kaua'i, Poipu Beach Park has plenty to offer for all ages, from swimming and surfing to a picnic. During summer months, the otherwise large swells are much smaller, keeping the waters along the shore protected by the outer barrier. Rip currents and other potentially dangerous conditions can still exist, but knowledgeable lifeguards are stationed at the beach as well. The little island of sand just offshore is a nice spot to swim to (or walk to, depending on the tides). Fewer people head around the bank to the right, so on crowded weekends and holidays, head over there for extra space on the sand. To the left is an even more sheltered "kiddie pool," a playground, and picnic shelters. Across the street are some beach and surf rentals as well as a beach restaurant overlooking the water. Beachgoers may encounter a rare Hawaiian monk seal flopped up and resting on the beach. Large green sea turtles are often seen as well, as Po‘ipu is a nesting site. Remember to keep your distance from wildlife and their nests!

The parking lot fills up fast, especially on weekends, so go early. The park itself has public restrooms, freshwater rinse showers, picnic shelters, and charcoal grill pits. The green lawn behind the beach is also perfect for some more traditional blanket-style picnics.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Lifeguards. Wide sandy beach. Protected from big swell. Picnic areas.

Cons

Busy. Noisy. Limited parking.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Features

ADA accessible
Picnic tables
Surfing
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Covered picnic areas
Shelters
Snorkeling / SCUBA
Fishing
Showers

Location

Field Guide

Comments

06/21/2019
A perfect beach to spend a vacation! Great for kids...and for photos! Turtles like to rest here at night in the summer.
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