Located on Kaua'i's sunny southern shore, Po'ipu Beach Park was chosen by Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a.k.a. "Dr. Beach," as Americas Best Beach for 2001 and hence retired from competition. In 2003 it was named "America's Best Beach" by the Travel Channel.
The Travel Channel sited Poipu for its "unspoiled beauty, sandy bottom lagoon, sunsets, warm people, and superb weather. It's setting, safety, climate, creature comforts, and list of unending activities."
As outlined by the Po'ipu Beach Resort Association, "This beach is a series of golden sand crescents, strung together where beach-goers will find snorkeling, swimming, wading and surfing.
Palm trees dominate the coastline here with an expansive lawn at the park. The surf spots are slightly off-shore where a reef establishes perfect wave-breaks for beginner, intermediate and advanced surfers. Nearer to the shore, swimmers scan enjoy swimming in calm waters or snorkeling near a couple of interesting rocky points."
Our favorite area of the beach is the section fronting the Sheraton Kauai Resort. Don't be surprised if you see a monk seal sunning on the beach.