eastern shore, from Lihue (where the airport is located) to Wailua
and Kapa'a the Coconut Coast has location
as its main advantage. Its about midway between Poipu and Hanalei
and about a half-hour drive from each, so you can explore the island
in either direction, depending on the weather and your inclinations.
Youll find hotels, condo developments and B&Bs, and many
can accurately be described as beachfront. You should ask careful questions,
however, because eastern shore beaches often have tricky currents, and
swimmers must be very cautious.
Some excellent beachfront condos are in the Wailua area (Lae
Nani, Wailua Bay View, Lanikai, Kapa'a Sands) and the Kauai
Holiday Inn near Lydgate Park. The best beachfront location is the magnificent
sandy swimming beach at Kalapaki Bay, home to the Kauai Marriott.
Our favorite swimming beach is Kalapaki Beach (pictured) wonderful
for swimming, skim boarding, and when the surf is right, boogie boarding.
The sand is perfect for playing ball or frisbee, running, or simply
Park in Wailua is perfect for families an enormouse lava
rock-rimmed pool offers wonderful swimming and snorkeling and a smaller
rock-rimmed pool (pictured) is just right for toddlers.
Beyond the pools, the beach is great for long walks. Lydgate also offers
the best playground on Kauai, the Kamalani playground for the climbing
and swinging set, and its a great spot to watch glorious golden