Beaches for Small Children
Baby Beach, as its name applies, is ideal for infants and toddlers for its shallow waters and rocky reef offshore that acts as a wall for incoming waves. The low waves provide a good snorkeling opportunity for the young ones or if they simply want to wade in the water. Planning on adding this special little spot to your “Things to do on Kauai” list? You’re going to have to find it first; it’s quite a good hiding spot. That’s one of the perks of being at this beach, you don’t have to worry about it being overcrowded.
Baby Beach is located in Poipu and is in walking distance from Kuhio Shores and Whaler’s Cove. From the roundabout, head down Lawai Road and make a left onto Hoona Road, then look for a yellow pipe that marks the beach access; you should be able to enter between the homes at 5142 and 5152 Hoona Road. Because it is nested right next to a residential area, parking is limited. Keep in mind that there are no lifeguards or facilities at Baby Beach so plan accordingly and do not be careless as ocean and weather conditions can change.
Sea turtles and Hawaiian Monk Seals will sometimes occupy this beach as well. I’m sure you feel this warrants a good selfie, but if you happen to encounter these animals please be respectful and keep your distance as they are protected species.
Salt Pond Beach Park
Salt Pond Beach Park is almost always sunny and perfect for families with shade pavilions and shallow pool areas for keiki to swim. Picnic or BBQ in the park. Lifeguard and facilities available.
The most popular beach on the South Shore is Poipu Beach which is fronted by Poipu Beach Park and a few resorts. Poipu Beach was names America’s Best Beach by The Travel Channel, ranking top among the 10 “best” beaches selected nationwide. This beach is a series of golden sand crescents, strung together where beach-goers will find snorkeling, swimming, a natural ocean wading pool, boogie-boarding and surfing. Lifeguards and facilities are available.
Lydgate Beach Park
Lydgate Beach Park in Wailua has two lava rock enclosed ocean pools that are perfect for inexperienced swimmers and snorkelers. Lydgate has numerous amenities including the Kamalani Playground for the kids, shade pavilions and picnic areas. Lifeguard and facilities are available.
Anini beach is a narrow reef protected beach that stretches for over 2 miles. The reef off of Anini is said to be the largest in Hawaii and as a result Anini Beach has the calmest ocean conditions on the North Shore and is one of the few beaches that can offer swimming during large winter waves. Always be aware that channels in the reef may have strong rip currents so try to snorkel and swim in the inside sections of the reef close to the shore. Facilities are available but there is no Lifeguard.