The Hawaiian royalty spent lots of time at Poipu on the south side of Kauai. The furthest south point on the Garden island of Kauai, Poipu is comprised of private homes, condos and a few larger resorts like Sheraton and Hyatt. It is a family kind of place. But there is activity too as new resorts are built and many multi-million homes are under construction.
Poipu Beach Park has been regularly named the top beach in America and one of the top in the world. If you want all night entertainment and lot of tourist hubbub you may be disappointed at Poipu. It is, first of all, a community park that surrounds a series of small crescent shaped beaches. There are green fields, sheltered pavilions for free use, keiki (kid) play areas and a daytime life guard. It can be busy and fun place.
In recent years Poipu Beach has become a frequent stopping ground for one or more of the highly endangered Monk seals who haul ashore among bathers and sleep away the day. In the water you'll find humhumnukanukaapuaa fish (Hawaiian Queen Trigger fish) as well as hundreds of other varieties in waters from two to six feet in depth. It's easy snorkeling even for beginner. Experts can venture further out to find huge green sea turtles.
December through March giant humpback whales parade back and forth just off shore. Binoculars are a help but you'll be able to see the spouts with the naked eye.
Temperatures at the beach hover around 80 degrees year round. The weather is so sublime it's difficult to tell the time of year by the temperature. Constant easy trade windows blow most of the time keeping the air balmy and fragrant. Many accommodations are within a block or two from the park. For others there is easy free parking.
Poipu Beach is about fun and sun and an easy going atmosphere that most guests fall in love with.
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