Hawaii has so much to offer: luxurious resorts, spa retreats, incredible golf resorts, and some of the world’s most spectacular beaches. When planning your next trip to the Hawaiian Islands, put these beaches on your must-see list:
Hanalei Bay, Kauai
With a backdrop of 4,000-foot tall emerald mountains, Hanalei is jaw-dropping to the first-timer. The area consists of several beach parks in a two-mile stretch along Kauai’s north shore. If surfing is on your agenda, come during the winter when the waves are at their peak. But if you prefer to swim, the summer time is when the waters are at their calmest.
Polihale State Park, Kauai
The beautiful Polihale State Park in Kauai is another one of Hawaii’s best beaches. It is also one of the more secludes as you’ll have to travel 17-miles in a four-wheel drive vehicle to get there. Located on Kauai’s western shore, the journey is half the fun. You’ll trek through lava fields and sand dunes on this bumpy ride. But it’s all worth it for the serenity that awaits.
Waimea Bay Beach Park, Oahu
Located on Oahu’s north shore, Waimea Bay is renowned for surfing. If you’ve got killer surfing skills, come during the winter months between November and February for some swells of a lifetime.
Poipu Beach Park, Kauai
If you love snorkeling, swimming, and surfing, Poipu Beach Park is the place to be in Hawaii. It’s particularly a great place for kids to swim, as a lifeguard is on duty seven days a week. Just around the corner is the fabulous Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort and the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa.
Hapuna Beach, Hawaii
You simply cannot visit the Big Island without checking out Hapuna Beach at least once. What people love about this beach are its soft, white sand and breathtaking half-mile stretch on the Kona-Kohala Coast.
Ko Olina Beach, Oahu
One of Hawaii’s most pristine beaches, Ko Olina Beach is a must-see when visiting the island of Oahu. It is kid-friendly, too, as the water is shallow enough for them to play in. Close by is Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa and the five-star Four Seasons Oahu.
Hulopoe Beach, Lanai
If you have your sights set on Lanai, plan on staying at the Four Seasons Manele Bay. This luxurious resort has front and center access to Hulopoe Beach. It is excellent for both swimming and snorkeling, plus spotting wildlife like dolphins or humpback whales as they migrate during the winter months.
Kalihiwai Beach, Kauai
Adults and kids alike will love this one. Kalihiwai Beach sits on a tiny cove that is exceptionally beautiful, so don’t forget your camera. It features two amazing cliffs and a shallow fresh water lagoon for surf-free relaxing. It’s actually a favorite hangout for the people who live in Kauai, too, so pack a picnic lunch and get ready to hang ten with the locals.