Best Beaches (and where to find free parking)

Known as the ‘Garden Island’, this slice of paradise is blessed with epic cliffs, forests, and, of course, some of the best beaches in Kauai.

When it comes to idyllic beach vacations, you’d be hard-pressed to find the level of picturesque beaches on offer here. This unspoiled, sandy coastline offers a variety of Kauai's best beaches to suit every type of traveler. 


When it comes to planning a day at the beach, Kauai offers a wide variety of beach experiences.

North Shore

Kauai’s dramatic North Shore is characterized by rugged sea cliffs, mountains, and lush valleys. In addition, you’ll find some of Kauai’s best beaches here.

Hanalei Beach

This two-mile stretch of beach is one of the most popular on the island – and for good reason. The landscape here is exceptional. With a backdrop of towering mountains, Hanalei Bay is set between two rivers and offers a fine sandy beach.

Kauapea Beach (Secret Beach)

If you don’t mind the steep 10-minute walk to reach this paradise, you’ll be richly rewarded. If you have mobility issues or are lugging a bunch of gear, this beach isn’t recommended.

Tunnels Beach

If you’re up for a day of water sports, Tunnels Beach should be high on your list. The conditions here are great for intermediate and advanced surfers, as well as kite and windsurfers.

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