Top 10 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.

Naturally, there are tons of things to do in Kauai. But the best news for beach lovers? This Hawaiian island (nicknamed the “Garden Isle”) is also blessed with 50 miles of sandy coastline.

Some beaches are best for surfing, others for snorkeling. And some aren’t safe to swim in at all during certain times of the year.

Hanalei Bay

Anchored by two large coral reefs at either end, Hanalei Bay is right at the top of the list of the best beaches in Kauai. It’s a postcard-perfect setting.



Ke’e Beach

Part of Ha’ena State Park at the end of Highway 560 (the end of the road on the North Shore), Ke’e Beach is one of the most beautiful Kauai beaches for swimming.


Anini Beach

Anini has an easy sandy beach entry – and you can walk out for quite a distance in warm shallow water before you can no longer stand. A 2-mile coral breaker further out prevents the big waves.


Kalihiwai Beach

Drive down Kalihiwai Road and you see this sweet cove of beach, lined by leadwood trees, at the end. The long wide beach is bordered to the left by the mouth of the Kalihiwai River.

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