Popular Kauai Beaches
North Shore Kauai Beaches
This long stretch of sand is protected by an equally long stretch of reef, which makes it one of the most protected beaches on Kauai's North Shore.
With two miles of sand ahead of you, there is plenty of time for beachcombing. Anini also features great swimming, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, and windsurfing during the summer months. Camping is also allowed with a permit. Facilities include showers and restrooms.
The official campground is located on a large lawn. Local families often set up large camps and have family events here during the summer. Bounce houses and waterslides for the keiki are a common sight. Anini is one of the best beaches for kids on Kauai, as the entire beachfront is protected from swell and the water is shallow.
The campground area also features several pavilions, kiteboarding and windsurfing lessons are held here, and there's also boat ramp where deep sea fishing boats head out through the channel. Be aware of the channel markers and stay out of the boat channel when snorkeling. Also, be aware of the places where the channel exits the reef, as this is a common area for strong rip currents.
The rich and famous have also discovered this strip of coastline and have built mansions in the cliffs high above the beach as well as some very elegant beachfront properties on the eastern edge of the beach (one home was previously owned by Sylvester Stallone). In between these homes is a rarely-used beach access to the east end of Anini Beach; a strip of beach with far fewer visitors than near the main campground. When the trade winds are blowing strongly, this is a good part of the beach to visit.
If you continue driving past the official campground, you will reach another part of Anini mainly used by locals. There are several vacation rentals here (not as fancy as the ones on the opposite end of the beach), and some interesting rock formations in the water. The beach does not have a lot of depth here and at high tide one often has to duck under the false kamani trees and walk through the shallows to continue along the beach.
At the far west end of the beach is a stream which drains down from Princeville Golf Course. This flat area and the river mouth is popular for fishing and some people search for shells here. There is a distinctly local vibe in this area. In the past, this part of the beach was used mainly by people who were born and raised on Kauai.
On the other side of the stream, look for a trail that heads up the hill. The trail terminates at the entrance to the Westin Hotel and next to the Princeville Golf Course.
Directions to Anini Beach: Take Highway 56 past Kilauea. Cross over the Kalihiwai Bridge and then take a right on Kalihiwai Road (the SECOND road with this name). Then take a left on Anini Road and follow it to the beach. Alternatively, park at the end of Wyllie Rd. in Princeville near the Westin Hotel and walk down the trail to the west end of Anini Beach.
Popular North Kauai Beaches
North Kauai offers up a stunning array of beaches, and each lovely slice of sand is special in its own way. Whether you're looking for exciting activities such as kitesurfing, need to relax with a good book on the beach, or want to take the little ones snorkeling and exploring, you'll surely find the perfect North Shore beach right here.