The 10 Best Swimming Beaches in Kauai

With its luxuriant gardens, jagged sea cliffs and yawning canyons, there’s no question that Kauai is one of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world.

But what's the best news for beach lovers? This Hawaiian island (nicknamed the “Garden Isle”) is also blessed with 50 miles of sandy coastline. That means miles and miles of beaches on Kauai!

Some beaches are best for surfing, others for snorkeling. And some aren’t safe to swim. So if you’re looking for the best swimming beaches in Kauai, you’ve come to the right place!

Hanalei Bay

Anchored by two large coral reefs at either end. Nestled against a backdrop of 4,000-ft-high emerald mountains, the crescent-shaped bay boasts two miles of soft powdery sand.

One of the most beautiful Kauai beaches for swimming. The lagoon-like sandy beach is also very beautiful with its crystal-clear waters. It’s the ideal spot to spy green sea turtles!

Ke’e Beach

Anini Beach

Anini has an easy sandy beach entry, and you can walk quite a distance in warm, shallow water before you can no longer stand.

Kalihiwai Beach

You see this sweet cove of beach, lined by leadwood trees, at the end. The long, wide beach is bordered to the left (as you’re facing the ocean) by the mouth of the Kalihiwai River.

Poipu Beach Park

Dry and sunny, the Poipu area has its own microclimate. Even when the rest of the island is cloudy or drizzling with rain, you can often count on Poipu to be sunny with blue skies.

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