The Perfect Vacation at Hanalei Beach in Kauai

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If you are seeking the perfect vacation for your next getaway, then look no further than Hanalei Beach in Kauai.

Hanalei Beach © by fortes

Hanalei Bay Beach is arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Hawaii. Found on the island of Kauai’s north shore, this beach has attracted sun-worshippers, surfers, and romantics for years. As recently as 2009, Hanalei Bay Beach was recognized as America’s best beach by the director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research, Stephen Leatherman. In being chosen as the best of ten gorgeous beaches around America, the island beach had been subjected to a range of rigorous criteria. These criteria covered everything from sand and water quality to safety and average climate.

The two-mile beach forms an almost perfect semi-circle and is flanked by the Hanalei and Waipa rivers. Part of Hanalei Bay Beach’s charm is the abundance of natural beauty from its green mountains to its waterfalls. Trekkers will love going up the picturesque mountains for an impressive view of the bay as they near the mist-tipped summit. You may even catch a glimpse of dolphins and sea turtles swimming in the Pacific Ocean on the other side of the island. Keep on going to the top for a chance to literally walk through the clouds. Large coral reefs extend at both ends of the bay, which is the largest on the island. They provide hours of adventurous fun for snorkelers.

Hanalei Beach
Hanalei Beach © by wlcutler

The water temperature and quality is said to be perfect for surfers. Waves can be rather high, so some caution is advised if you’re not a great swimmer. In the case of high waves and windy weather, you can still enjoy water-based activities on the River Hanalei, which is typically calm. Many visitors to Kauai rent a boat to take out on the river. Windsurfing and kayaking are also extremely popular activities. Anglers need not feel left out; they have full use of a very long pier (perfect for romantic walks), which extends into the ocean, ending in a public boat ramp. Technically, you aren’t supposed to jump off the pier and a number of signs are posted along the pier to warn you away from attempting it. The signs are blissfully ignored though, and many swimmers do use the pier as a jump-off point. Lifeguards are always nearby, keeping a watchful eye on the swimmers.

Swimming in the ocean where the waves are calmer is not dangerous. The seabed slopes very gently, and warning flags are posted if undercurrents have been detected in any particular area. Always pay attention to the flags and swim near the lifeguard station if you’re swimming with young children in tow.

For those who are looking for suitable accommodations, hotels are easily found within walking distance of this gorgeous beach. They offer a range in prices to suit every budget. The natural beauty and breath-taking views, easy availability of hotel facilities, safety of the region, and abundance of activities make Hanalei Beach, Kauai, one of the best destinations a beach lover could ever hope for. Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway with a loved one or just gentle solitude, Hanalei Beach is a must-add destination for your vacation list.

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