Poipu Beach Park

Poipu Beach Park

Where is Poipu Beach Park?

Poipu Beach is the most popular white sand beach on the South Shore of Kauai.

Why is Poipu Beach Park worth visiting?

Awarded “America’s Best Beach” by The Travel Channel, ranking top among the 10 most beautiful beaches in the nation, the beach is the safest in Hawaii. The location is also referred to as Brennecke’s Beach, Waiohai Beach, or Sheraton Beach.

Things To Do

Popular activities such as snorkeling, swimming, boogie-boarding, surfing, and bodyboarding are enjoyed by tourists and locals. Visitors are encouraged to check ocean conditions prior to traveling to the beach. If visiting to swim and snorkel, or to boogie board, keep in mind that this area has a sand bottom on the Southside, making the swimming area relatively small.

The area is also located close to the baby beach, where visitors can enjoy a secluded swimming experience. The beach has a lifeguard on duty 7 days a week. This popular beach has a shallow sandbar. Surf breaks occur over the reef, so is recommended for experienced surfers. Beginning bodyboarders often use the western portion of the point due to the shallow break and less risk of injury.

Its beach park is located on the southern coast of Kauaʻi island in Hawaii. As a top beach in America, it is the center of many events throughout the year. Well equipped for family-friendly fun, the beach offers picnic pavilions, playground for kids, small swim areas and restroom facilities.

An area known as Nukumoi Point divides the beach into two individual bays. This thin strip of land consistently attracts many a Hawaiian monk seal, an endangered species with fewer than 1,400 left alive today in the wild. You may catch a glimpse of the area’s sea turtles which typically come ashore in the evening. Contributing to the visual appeal, many local fish species can be seen including swordfish, five species of tuna (Yellow Fin, Bigeye, Skipjack, Wavy Back, and Albacore), and Mahi Mahi. Guests may also see sea turtles and snorkelers will be intrigued to find that the reef houses sea cucumbers and many exotic coral species. Fish hunting is allowed in the area.

Local Hotels and Resorts

Within close proximity, visitors will find an array of resorts and hotels for tourists’ rest and relaxation. Here are a few top picks to consider:

  • Ko’a Kea Resort and Spa: This Hawaiian-themed boutique hotel offers upscale accommodations ideal for honeymooners or a couple’s escape. Some rooms offer a lanai to take in the scenic view, and most units provide the guest with a direct or partial ocean view. Fine dining and high-end furnishings make this resort a true gem.
  • Grand Hyatt Resort and Spa: This highly acclaimed luxury resort unfolds on over 50 acres of lush gardens and open courtyards. Guests will enjoy newly renovated rooms. Adults can relax at the lava-rock river pool or saltwater lagoon while kids will love the waterslide. The resort also has six onsite restaurants and a luxe spa.
  • Poipu Kapili: This 4-star resort consists of 51 condo units, each with its own parking space, saltwater pool, and a lovely view of the beach. There are also fully stocked kitchens equipped with must-haves, impeccably maintained grounds, and terraces with breathtaking views that make this location a top contender.
  • The Villas at Poipu Kai: This newly developed 5-star resort offers fully equipped condo-style units with many of the comforts of home. With classy plantation-style decor, full kitchens, and washing machine, this has quickly become a top rated resort.
  • Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club: Oceanfront with resort-style lodging, full of amenities for the entire family. Each unit is a two bedroom villa. Golfing and spa packages are popular within this exclusive resort. It is located with direct access to Vidinha Stadium, host to many games and events.

Local Restaurants

To sample delicious island cuisine, the beach has easy access to many convenient restaurants nearby.

  • Brennecke’s Beach Broiler: Found on Kauai’s South Shore: known for its tasty fish and chips! Overlooking the beach, this oceanfront property offers an incredible view from the second floor. Watch the waves break and enjoy the Hawaiian ambiance. They serve fresh sashimi, coconut shrimp and macadamia crusted mahi-mahi, plus delicious tropical cocktails including a fantastic mai tai with over 1,000,000 sold! Visit during happy hour (3-5 p.m., 8:30 p.m. to closing) for great drink specials.
  • Koloa Fish Market: Serving fresh Hawaiian and Polynesian seafood, this establishment has received stellar reviews from travelers worldwide. Visitors have spoken highly of the fresh Smoked swordfish and sauteed ahi tuna. The spot also has multiple poke bowl options including avocado and tako.

The spectacular ocean waters exquisite resorts, park facilities, and an array of fresh seafood restaurants make this tropical locale the ultimate beachgoer’s paradise.