7 Best Beaches on Kauai’s North Shore

With its white sand and majestic mountains, Kauai boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Even better, there are literally dozens to choose from. Kauai has 111 miles of coastline, over 50 percent of which is sandy beach.

We want your Kauai vacation to be flawless. That’s why we’ve compiled this guide to our favorite North Shore beaches. There’s something for everyone—whether you’re looking for scenic vistas, the next big wave, or a sandy place to bask in the sun.

Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park

Hanalei Pavilion is the perfect setting for long walks by the water, sandcastle building, and simply relaxing on the sand. The beach is located just before Black Pot Beach on Weke Road. Make sure to bring a beach umbrella for shade.

Hanalei Pier

Located a half-mile north of Hanalei Pavilion, the pier was originally built in 1892. Now it marks one of the most popular beaches on Kauai. The protected bay makes this a great place for the whole family to swim, surf and bodyboard. Lifeguards man designated pavilion areas.

Pine Trees (Waioli Beach Park)

Surf’s up at Pine Trees, a beach park dedicated to surfing and bodyboarding. Trees provide plenty of shade, and there are two permanent volleyball courts near the lifeguard station. Please note that swimming is discouraged.

Anini Beach Park

Anini is popular for windsurfing, snorkeling, and playing in the water. The water is more shallow here than at other beaches, and an offshore reef keeps the surface relatively calm. Trees and pavilions provide ample shade. Look out for the strong current in the marked channel near the boat ramp.

Ha’ena Beach Park

The jungle meets the ocean at this gorgeous strip of sand on Maniniholo Bay. The strong waves make this beach less ideal for swimming and surfing, but it’s certainly a beautiful place to spend the day. Tunnels Beach is within walking distance.

Tunnels Beach

Tunnels Beach was featured in the 1958 movie South Pacific. More than half a century later, it remains a tourist favorite and a great spot for snorkeling and diving. Novice snorkelers appreciate the shallow inner reef, while more experienced divers rave about the underwater caverns near the outer reef. The sparkling blue water is complemented by a lush mountain landscape, making this the ultimate Kauai beach.

Ke’e Beach 

Ke’e is one of the loveliest spots on the island and a definite “must see.” Take a short walk along the lagoon for incredible views of the Na Pali Coast at sunset. The snorkeling here is excellent in the summer, when the water can be as calm and clear as a swimming pool. The beach facilities include restrooms and showers. There is no cell reception, so make sure to bring some change for the payphone.

Looking for the perfect Kauai accommodations?

There’s nothing quite like a full day at the beach followed by a relaxing evening in your own condo with friends and family. Click here to explore one of our favorite North Shore resorts,  Makai Club Resort, and book your next adventure!

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