Kee Beach: the End of the Road Never Looked So Beautiful

By Coco Zickos

Kee Beach, Kauai. Photo: Brock Roseberry.

Sometimes when you say you’ve reached the end of the road, it has negative connotations. This is certainly not the case, however, when you’re speaking of the end of the road on the north shore of Kaua‘i. Home to one of the most spectacular beaches in Hawai‘i with ethereal views of the Nāpali Coast, reaching the end of the road here is anything but unfavorable.

The Journey There

Hanalei bridge, Kauai. Photo: Aida Baghdasarian.

The drive entails traversing a long, twisty highway that wraps around mountains like Mt. Makana (also known as Bali Hai), which is actually one of the bonus aspects of visiting this beach. All kinds of scenic goodies are around every corner like Limahuli Garden and Preserve and Maniniholo Dry Cave.

Unless you’re staying nearby, make sure to leave extra early in the day to take this journey, as the roads get crowded as time goes on and temper fuses shorten for the folks who live in the area trying to go about their day stuck in traffic. Additionally, Ke‘e Beach is best enjoyed without the hustle and bustle and you have a greater likelihood of nabbing a parking space once you get there.

Soak It In

Kee Beach, Kauai. Photo: Jim Mullhaupt.

When you arrive, take joy in the salty ambience and plunge your toes into the golden sand. Although Ke‘e Beach has a lifeguard on duty, it’s not the safest place to swim, as elusive rip tides are almost always present – even when the sea appears calm. So, an ideal way to spend your time here is simply meandering the beach and appreciating the company of the ocean.

Kalalau Trail?

View of Kee Beach from the Kalalau Trail. Photo: Jan Herbert.

You might, on the other hand, have the famous Kalalau Trail on your agenda. Ke‘e Beach is where the trek begins. Again, arrive early and get ready for some calorie burning and cliff hugging action, as well as astounding vistas. The first two miles of the trail take you to Hanakāpī‘ai Beach. And, of course, the last nine bring you to the famed Kalalau Valley.

Stay for Sunset

Kee Beach, Kauai at sunset. Photo: Alex Schwab.

Hiking aside, you could always brave the potential throngs of other people with the same idea and catch a dazzling sunset, and maybe even an elusive green flash that Ke‘e Beach is legendary for.

As long as you allot ample time for your travels, remember to remain courteous to kama‘āina, locals, along the way and snag an appropriate parking space, you’ll have all kinds of wonderful things to say about your experience reaching the end of the road on Kaua‘i.

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