Where to Stay
Where to stay on Kauai? Good question; and compared to the other islands, it's a fairly simple answer. Kauai gives you four major geographic areas to select from. In order of popularity (by our account), they are as follows:
- The South Shore- including Koloa, Lawai, and Poipu
- The North Shore- including Princeville, Hanalei, and Kilauea
- The East Coast- including Kapa`a, Wailua and the county seat of Lihue
- The West Side- including the towns of Waimea and Hanapepe (It's worth noting that staying on the West Side is much less popular than the other locations)
OK, that may not seem that simple. However, it really isn't that difficult because it's hard to make a bad choice. Reviewing our Kauai Weather article and knowing When to Visit Kauai will also help you. But each area on Kauai has its own unique 'flavor' and atmosphere - including its own attractions and sights to see.
"The Garden Isle" Coasts
If beaches are your scene, then you'll be happy almost anywhere on Kauai. The entire island is full of them - more (arguably) than any other island in the state. If lush scenery is what you are looking for, again, it's hard to go wrong since the entire island is known as "The Garden Isle". Although, the North and East coasts are considerably more lush and verdant than the South or West coasts.
Let's take a look at the pros () and cons () of each of the areas we've briefly discussed above. These are in order of popularity, by our account.
South Side (Koloa, Lawai, and Poipu)
Sunny and dry almost year-round
Good selection of beaches available
Many good restaurant and dining options
Beaches are more crowded than on North Shore