Popular Kauai Destinations
For being small in size, with only about a thousand residents, and vertically challenged — no building here taller than a coconut tree — Poipu packs a big punch. Meaning “crashing waves” in Hawaiian, this town is known as the sunny side and has been popular with both family and luxury travel for decades. In a case of the phoenix times ten, this resort area has tripled in size ever since Hurricane Iniki hit with a direct impact in 1992. It’s back bigger and better than ever. While vacation rentals are popular, most visitors opt for one of the hotels situated on or near the beach.
Named in honor of Hawaii's crown prince, Prince Albert, Princeville is considered to be one of the world’s top resorts. Located among the verdant sea cliffs that tower over Hanalei Bay and minutes from Napali and Waimea Canyon, access to the North Shore’s beauty from here is unparalleled. While these days golfing reigns supreme, Princeville still retains the peace of ancient days, when Hawaiians farmed in the green valley below.
Kauai's East Side, often referred to as the Coconut Coast for the groves of coconut palms, is a prime pick for value-minded travelers. Among said coconut trees guests will find historic sites, stunning beaches and attractions aplenty. Perfect for families and beginning snorkelers, the lava rock enclosed ocean pools at Lydgate Beach Park in Wailua offer safe fun for everyone. Spectators can also whale watch at Donkey Beach or check out the surfers at Kealia Beach to the north.
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