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Poipu, the Most Popular Beach on Kauai
by Barbara Weibel at Hole In The Donut Travels
Ask any ten beach-goers to name the perfect beach and chances are, youÕll get ten different answers. Some seek primo surfing or snorkeling. The younger crowd often prefers beaches that are home to fabulous resorts with excellent amenities and loads of water sports activities. Families with young children usually choose beaches with calm waters and gently sloping bottoms. Only rarely do all these qualities come together at a single beach; Poipu Beach Park on the island of Kauai in Hawaii is one of these rare instances.
Located on Kauai's spectacular southern coast, Poipu is a series of golden crescents connected by sandbars and rocky outcroppings. This beach has something for everyone: rocks on the eastern and western ends of the beach create a protected swimming area for families with little children, a bodyboarding site lies directly in front of the park, surfers can choose from a reef break on the western side of the beach and a good beach break off the sandbar on the east end, and snorkelers find lots to see around the submerged reef and rocks.
Poipu has been named America's Best Beach by The Travel Channel, ranking it one of the ten best beaches in the nation. It is also considered among the safest in Hawaii, with a lifeguard on duty seven days a week. In fact, the only things to beware of at Poipu are the Hawaiian Monk seals that regularly climb up onto the beach to sleep. But not to worry, whenever this happens lifeguards surround the seals with "do not cross" tape, ensuring that the giant mammals nap unmolested and beach-goers maintain a respectful distance.
It is perfectly acceptable to spread a blanket and spend the entire day at Poipu. However for those who love to explore, the park is an excellent stepping-off point for visiting other beaches that fringe Kauai's southern shoreline. Located within a few short miles of Poipu, Baby Beach, Brennecke's, Lawai, Mahaulepu, and Shipwreck's Beaches are just begging to be discovered.
For more information about attractions and things to do on the island of Kauai or specifically in the Poipu area, you may want to try UpTake.com.
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