Rough waters, but long sandy beaches, plenty of sun, beautiful sunsets and views of the “Forbidden Island” of Niihau make Kekaha Beach a popular beach among locals on the far side of Kauai. Here you will find fishermen, campers, sunbathers and a few expert surfers at Kekaha, and with miles of sand there’s plenty of room for everyone.
Easily accessible, Kekaha Beach is right off the highway. Just pull right off the road onto the beach. A section of the beach sits at the beginning of a popular route to Waimea Canyon (Alae Road to Kokee Road).
The “Forbidden Island” of Niihau can be seen from the beach.
Be careful in the water at Kekaha Beach. Conditions can be rough with powerful currents and pounding waves. And be careful on the sand too. Sitting next to the highway, and with a history of picnics, gatherings and the like, you might run into some sporadic trash on the beach.
Nevertheless, Kekaha Beach is one of the best places in Kauai for a long sunset walk. Plus, since it’s on the dry side of Kauai you have a good chance of sunny conditions. If it’s raining in your area, just head to Kekaha.
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