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Ke'e Beach, Kauai

(4.5/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
With its clear sea, greenery, and marine life, Ke'e Beach offers everything you would expect from a tropical paradise. According to the legend, the beach was the birthplace of hula dancing. You can hike coastal trails, swim, and watch the sunset here. Don't miss the opportunity to put on your snorkeling gear so you can see the colorful reef fish. The beach facilities include restrooms and showers, as well as a parking area. Due to the beach's popularity, finding a parking space can be tricky. Keep in mind that the beach is occasionally exposed to high surf that generates strong current; swimming and snorkeling during those times can be very perilous. For Ke'e Beach and beyond, use our Wainiha travel itinerary maker to get the most from your Wainiha vacation.
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  • High surf. Beach closed. It is not that great anyway. Parking is terrible. A million no parking anytime signs with cars lined up a half mile down the road surrounding them. But it is worth it for the ...  more »
  • Still a beautiful place, don't get me wrong... but when we first went there in 2001, was quiet, hardly anyone there, not much parking so people stayed away. Now it has a good size parking lot, facilit...  more »
  • Beautiful Beach. Parking generous, restrooms clean. Lifeguards (2) watchful - no fooling around. Quiet too except 4 the chickens.  more »
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  • Lovely beach! Snorkel reefs right by the sand. Safe for kids. They could just play in the sand all day. There are trees to provide shades. Beautiful mountain views surrounding the beach. Hikers just take dips in water after their hikes. Filled up easily in the afternoons. Parking is limited due to crowds. We just dropped off our beach gear, one person parked and the rest enjoyed the swim in nice blue water. Favorite beach so far! A little bit of a narrow and long drive, but local speed limit is 10-25mph so isn't so bad. Life guards were stationed there as well. Bathroom and rinse station. We ended up spending all day there and the kid just passed out in the car home... Very good time!
  • Great beach to relax after a hike along the Kalalau Trail. Sand is fine, although can be quite hot, so good thing the water is nice and refreshing. Lifeguards are well-situated to handle any issues. Occasionally seals will come up and sun themselves right on the beach. Parking is a bit of a mess between the limited paved spaces and the mangled, rocky lots, so plan to come early.
  • Came here during a storm and made it feel super raw and rugged. Big waves were great to watch from under the thick trees as it rained. A fun thing to do if the weather isn't in your favor for sun bathing and relaxing.
  • Great snorkeling if you walk to the right (facing the ocean) and allow the current to bring you back to ke'e. There is a trail to the left side of the beach that brings you to a secluded, small set of two beaches and also has excellent snorkeling in the mornings when the water and wind are calmer.
  • My favorite beach in the world! Compact, but absolutely perfect in every way. Not only is the climate perfect (most of the time!), but it has a scenic mountain range with a challenging hiking trail behind it. The beach is good for snorkeling, with a fair amount of coral reef to attract fish, urchins, eels and more. And the outer part of the beach break is good surfing in the winter.