Kekaha Beach Park Guide
Located on the west side of the island, Kekaha Beach is a beautiful and secluded spot that’s perfect for a day of sun, sand, and surfing. Read on to learn more about this great beach.
Kekaha Beach Park Overview
Located on Kauai’s western side, Kekaha Beach Park is a great location for a range of activities.
Kekaha Beach is the beginning of the longest stretch of white sand beach in the state. However, sometimes the water may appear brown due to strong winds, waves, and river runoff. Nevertheless, Kekaha Beach is a favorite spot for both local surfers and fishermen. It’s not the most kid-friendly beach in the area, as the waves can be dangerous to swim in, but it does offer a great spot to take in the sunshine, enjoy a picnic, and play on the sand. It’s located on the dryer side of Kauai and can be a place to escape the rain on other regions of Kauai. Kekaha Beach Park also offers some pretty direct views of Lehua Rock and Niihau on a clear day.
This is the very last beach along Kauai’s west side, with lifeguards and amenities. If you plan on venturing further, this can be a great place to stop first (or last).
Kekaha Beach Park Amenities
Kekaha Beach Park is lifeguarded
Shaded Picnic Tables
Can you swim at Kekaha Beach?
You can swim at Kekaha Beach, but the surf does change often. Always check on the ocean conditions or check with the lifeguard stationed at Kekaha Beach. If you’re unsure or not confident in ocean conditions, just avoid swimming that day. To be safe, swim close to the lifeguard stations. Overall, swimming at Kekaha Beach is not highly recommended.
Can you snorkel at Kekaha Beach?
The waters of Kekaha Beach are not ideal for snorkeling due to river runoff, surf, fishermen, and coral reefs.
Getting to Kekaha Beach Park
Kekaha Beach Park is located in the town of Kekaha, which is about a 45-minute drive from Lihue Airport. To get there, simply take Highway 50 West/South (depending on where you are starting from) until you reach the town. You’ll see signs for the beach park along the way, so it’s easy to find.
Once you see mile marker 28, you know you’re close. You’ll see a lifeguard tower and a large parking lot towards the ocean. Enjoy the sunshine and wide-open beach!
Parking at Kekaha Beach Park
One of the great things about Kekaha Beach Park is that it has plenty of parking available. There are several lots right next to the beach, so you won’t have to worry about finding a spot.
However, it’s worth noting that the lots can fill up quickly on weekends and holidays, especially during peak tourist season. If you’re planning to visit during these times, it’s a good idea to arrive early to ensure that you get a spot.
Popular Activities at Kekaha Beach Park
Kekaha Beach Park is a great place to spend a day, whether you’re looking to relax or have some fun in the sun. Here are a few of the activities you can enjoy:
Fishing: Due to river runoff and other factors, fishing here can be great.
Picnicking: Kekaha Beach Park has several picnic tables and grills available, so you can bring lunch and enjoy a meal with a view.
Sunbathing: Of course, one of the main draws of Kekaha Beach Park is simply relaxing on the sand and soaking up the sun. Bring a beach towel and some sunscreen, and enjoy a day of lounging in the warm Hawaiian sun.
Surfing/Body Boarding: You’ll find plenty of people surfing or body boarding around here. Just make sure you know the basics and are familiar with ocean conditions. As we said earlier, the surf can be rougher here.
Sunset Watching: This is one of the best beaches in the region for watching a sunset. Get comfortable, bring your camera, and enjoy!
Tips for Visiting Kekaha Beach Park
Before you head out to Kekaha Beach Park, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Be sure to bring sunscreen and plenty of water, as the sun can be intense, and there are no concessions available at the park.
- While the water is generally calm, there can be strong currents at times. Be cautious, and don’t swim alone. If you’re unsure, don’t get in the water.
- The beach is generally uncrowded, but it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your belongings and not leave valuables unattended.
- If you’re planning to surf, be aware that the waves can be quite powerful. Only experienced/confident surfers should attempt to catch them.
Enjoy Kekaha Beach!
If you’re looking for a beautiful and secluded spot to spend a day on Kauai, Kekaha Beach Park is definitely worth a visit. With its calm waters, an abundance of sunshine, and long stretches of sand, it’s the perfect spot for a day of relaxation and fun in the sun. Just be sure to take some precautions, respect the beach, and enjoy your day in paradise!
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