Nearly all visitors to Kauai will agree that Poipu Beach Park is the undisputed darling of Kauai’s south shore. Located nearby to a number of popular south shore beach resorts, Poipu Beach Park offers pristine snorkeling during the winter months, advanced surfing during the summer months, and ample stretches of golden sand for laying a towel out during any time of the year. The beach itself is broken up into two separate bays, one of which is calm and good for small children since it is protected by an offshore reef. The other side of the beach is much more exposed to ocean swells and provides experienced snorkelers with a tropical playground that is considered by most to be the best snorkeling on the island’s south shore.
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In addition to the water activities Poipu Beach Park is perfect for those who are traveling as part of a large family, and there is a grassy park area which is perfect for an afternoon picnic or simply escaping the crowds. Since the town is situated on the leeward coast of Kauai the beaches in Poipu receive much less rainfall than the the northern shores of the island, and many Mainland snowbirds and blissful newlywed couples choose the Poipu area as the venue for their winter Hawaii getaway. All the facilities you would expect from a world class beach resort such as showers and restrooms can be found here in Poipu, and the beach is so popular and amenable to all-comers that it was actually voted as the #1 beach in America back in 2001. Since Poipu Beach Park is set on Kauai’s south shore, it is located about an hour from other popular Kauai destinations such as Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast .