Kapaa Beach Park

Kapaa Beach Park: Breathtaking Beachfront Family Fun
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Kapa’a Beach is a quiet, lovely beach on the northwestern shore in the heart of Kapaa Beach Park, and together create a family-friendly destination to camp, fish, hike, shop, and enjoy the breathtaking views.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Small, private, and simply breathtaking. These three words don’t even begin to perfectly describe this one-of-a-kind beach located right on the Main Island. Kapa’a Beach is a quiet, lovely rocky beach on the northwestern shore. It’s the heart of Kapaa Beach Park, and together they create a piece of nature’s heaven. The coconut palm trees sway in the breeze and are almost hypnotizing. At the same time, they shade the sun in a most gallant way. Take it all in, because there is nothing like it anywhere in the world. Something about the sounds, smells, and enormous views draws you into its captive spell. After you enjoy the view head over to Kapaa Beach Park. It will instantly enhance your day.

If you like to fish, snorkel or simply watch the sunset, the beach is the perfect spot for you. Not very good for swimming in the ocean, though. It’s too rocky and there is no lifeguard on duty. The black rocks are everywhere on the beach and a bit dangerous, but they are what makes this such a serene and special spot. You can swim safe and free at the Kapaa Beach Park swimming pool that is located by the Kapaa Neighborhood Center. 

Kapaa Beach Park is full of family fun things to do and see. It has a variety of restaurants and shops to see while visiting the Kapaa community. Specialty boutiques, different restaurants, coffee shops, diners, and juice bars are ready to add pleasure to your day. You can even rent a bike and ride on the coastal Kauai Path.  If you’re visiting during one of their popular festivals and events you can enjoy that too. 

  • Coconut Festival: First weekend of October. It’s all about the coconut at this festival that includes cooking demonstrations, entertainment, and food.
  • Mayor-a-Thon: Held In June:  Join the Mayor and Get Fit Kauai for a free walk, bike or run. There is also music, entertainment and food.
  • Tahitian Dance: First Weekend in August:  This is a fabulous international Tahitian dance and drumming competition 
  • Kauai Pow Wow: Held In September: Enjoy a traditional Native American Pow Wow event for the Kaua’l community

It’s important to note that the conditions of Kapa’s Beach are extremely different throughout the year. You’ll need to know this in order to plan during your stay. In the summer the fishing conditions are awesome, and you can join other anglers right on the beach. Fishing is not the best thing to do during the winter. The surf is heavy with very strong dangerous currents. Please don’t go in the water in the winter. The best time to spend time at the beach is during the summer when the current is calmer and the water is exceptionally clear. Watch beautiful, colorful fish swimming underneath the water. It looks like they are putting on a show just for you! Take a video with your phone to remember how lovely it was and to show all your family and friends back home. It is almost magical.

If you are a camper, love to hike, and spend time outdoors, you’ll find so much to do and see. You can set up camp right on the beach! There are restrooms, showers, grills, a pavilion, and picnic tables to use. If you prefer to camp offsite, there are many campsites nearby to spend the night and then return to Kapaa Beach Park the following day.

  • White Knob Motel and RV Park is the closest site
  • Anahola Beach Park is about eight miles away
  • YWCA of Kauai is about 12 miles away
  • Anini Beach is about 21 miles away 
  • Lydgate Beach Park is about 5 miles away
  • Hanama’ ulu Beach Park is about 10 miles away
  • Niumalu Beach park is about 15 miles away 

Have fun…Aloha!

Insider Tip:
Rent a bike at Coconut Coasters Bike Rentals and explore the famous and scenic Kauai Path that goes all the way from Kapaa Beach Park to Donkey Beach