Poipu Beach: Turquoise Water, Soft White Sand

By Coco Zickos
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Photo: Ame Rainey.

Turquoise water paired with gorgeous soft white sand; coconut trees that lazily dance in the wind, providing beachgoers much-needed respite from Kauaʻi’s perpetually sunny South Shore—all the epitome of beach perfection. This is Po‘ipū Beach, a location on the Garden Isle that has received many accolades throughout the years, including rated the number one beach in America by the Travel Channel. This is one of best locales on the island to pull up a chair, sit back and relax or take leisurely dips in a soothing ocean.

Nukumoi Point, Poipu Beach

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Hawaiian monk seal resting on Poipu Beach, Kauai. Photo: Jeremy Hall.

The beach is broken into two bays divided by a tombola called Nukumoi Point. This sand spit, where Hawaiian monk seals like to lounge, made an appearance again in 2010 after being on hiatus for about a decade. Lucky for beachgoers, it’s part of what provides protection from typically torrent currents and makes swimming conditions favorable for people of all ages. The reef-protected bay with tranquil shallow waters is ideal during winter months when a rigorous ocean swell remains mostly on the opposite side of the island. But boogie-boarders and surfers might argue that summer is the perfect time to visit this beach to ensure good waves.

Poipu Beach is Great for Families

Either way, Po‘ipū Beach is the most frequented coast on the South Shore, especially in July, August and December. You might even have a hard time finding a private location to plop down during these months. Fronting Po‘ipū Beach Park with restroom facilities and showers, the beach is a hot spot for visitors and kama‘āina alike—you’ll probably find at least one birthday celebration nearby on any given weekend. Plus, it’s a perfect place for families, not only because of the watchful eyes of the lifeguards who patrol this shoreline every day from 9-5, but because there is a highly protected area called “Baby Beach” where even the littlest ones can safely dip their toes in the water.

What Else You Should Know About Poipu Beach

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Photo: Robert Linsdell.

Parking is ample, as there are two large lots adjacent to the beach; you won’t have to walk far from them to get to your desired destination. Another added bonus about this beach is the plethora of places nearby to eat like Brennecke’s Beach Broiler, right across the street, that boasts top views of the stellar scenery. Or, hop in the car and make a quick 5-minute drive to The Shops at Kuku‘iula where dining options, including shave ice, abound.

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