Great beaches are within walking distance of our Poipu Beach vacation rentals. It will be easy to find your own favorite beach because Kauai is blessed with over 50 miles of white and black sand beaches that ring the island. Some of our beaches are better for walking, snorkeling, swimming, people watching or sunbathing. Adhere to safety guidelines. Kauai’s location in the Pacific makes it ideal for large waves and undertows we always recommend to our guests to swim at beaches that have lifeguards on duty. Remember, a lifeguard cannot guarantee or warrant your safety, that is your responsibility. “If in Doubt, don’t go out”.
Kauai Beach Map
View Kauai Beaches in a larger map
Click on the pins on the map for names of beaches and additional information
Kauai Beaches with Lifeguards
Following is a list of beaches on Kauai that have lifeguards.
Hanalei Beach Park:
The backdrop for many of Hollywood’s greatest films. 41 miles from Turtle Cove Suites, 1 hour by car.
Makua (Tunnels) Beach:
Beach park available for permitted camping. 45 miles from Turtle Cove Suites, 1.2 hours by car.
Poipu Beach Park:
Beach park facilities for picnics and BBQ’s. Located 1 mile from Turtle Cove Suites or 5 minutes by car. Famous for its reef protected shore line. It is easily the most popular beach for locals and visitors alike. Expansive lawn leads down to golden sand and beautiful water. The prize of our south shore. Bring snorkel gear to see and play with the local residents.
Long span of beach and a great walking path along the ocean. When calm a great place to swim.
Lydgate Beach Park:
A great beach for family fun and a 2.5 mile coastal path. Located 17 miles from Turtle Cove Suites, 34 minutes by car.
Salt Pond Beach Park:
A beach with a protected reef, available for permitted camping. Located 12 miles from Turtle Cove Suites, 20 minutes by car.
Beginning of the longest beach in the state of Hawaii. Easy access from the road. Great sunsets. Located 17 miles from Turtle Cove Suites, 27 minutes by car.
Kauai Beaches with No Lifeguards
The following beaches do not have lifeguards:
Located steps from Turtle Cove Suites. Reef protected and uncrowded. Please click the Video Link above to see a short video of Baby Beach.
Popular beach for body boarding. Waves break further out for more experienced body boarders and again close to shore for the inexperienced.
Kiahuna and Sheraton Beach
Beautiful beach with golden sand. Not as gentle swimming area for children as Poipu Beach Park, but the waves can make for fun sports. Current can be strong sometimes.
Polihale Beach Park:
A remote beach on the west side of the island. Camping by permit. The drive out to Polihale Beach is an adventure in itself old crush coral cane haul roads bring up a great deal of dust as you drive out to the beach. The sugarcane has been replaced but it has been replaced with corn and mango trees. Polihale Beach is nestled up against the famous cliffs of Polihale which is also the start of the Napali Coast. There are bathroom facilities, picnic tables and fresh water at the grounds. Swimming here can be dangerous, the high rolling waves are powerful and combined with the currents its a part of the Ocean best to enjoy from the beach.
A gorgeous location and the start of the NaPali Coast.
Hawaii’s largest coral reef and a place to see the best wind and kite surfers in the islands. Permitted camping is allowed.
A beautiful remote stretch of beach.
A short beach located in Poipu.
Kauapea (Secret Beach):
A remote beach accessed by a steep trail on the North Shore.
One of the most remote beaches on Kauai. An 11 mile hike to access this beach at the Kalalau Valley.
At the start of the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail. The name is justified, enjoy this beach from land. Beyond the surf break there are large rocks and the currents are powerful. The locals you see surfing have a great deal of knowledge about the area. Stay on shore and watch the surfers from the beach.
Located at the mouth of the Wailua River, be mindful of the rip currents created by the Wailua river.