Located in the heart of the Coconut Coast, Kealia Beach is a magnificent half-mile crescent of golden, powdered sand overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Kaua‘i’s eastern shore. An ideal spot on your next vacation for a relaxing walk on the beach, a bicycle ride on the Kapaa Coastal Path (the Ka Ala Hele Makalae), or a lookout for watching the migrating humpback whales in winter, it is also a popular spot for surfers and boogie boarding.
Wonderland for Waves
Thanks to steady on-shore breezes and reliable Pacific swells creating beautiful sets of waves, this is a popular beach for surfers and boogie boarders, and has earned its name as one of the best beaches in Kauai. Offshore, beautiful barrels are a hit with experienced surfers, and watching them from the safe confines of your beach blanket is always popular. Most days the waves are subdued enough to enjoy frolicking in the surf close to shore, but conditions can be rough so always check before you go. If in doubt, ask the lifeguards who are happy to help.
While this is not one of the best beaches for swimming (or snorkeling, as the sandy bottom supports little marine life), there is still plenty of fun to be hand. Fly a kite and take advantage of the steady trade winds, try your hand at body surfing in the active surf break, or go fishing on the rocky outcrops that flank both ends of the beach. Of course, you can always work on your tan as well. A word of caution: The currents here can be quite strong, and the powerful waves can be a hazard when they break on the sandbars just off the beach. If the waves are high, try the left side of the beach where conditions tend to be milder.
Kealia Beach: One of the Best Beaches In Kauai
Thanks to its readily accessible location on the eastern shore between Kapaa and Anahola, this is a popular beach for an early morning sunrise (grab a coffee at one of the many delicious cafes in Līhu‘e or Kapaa), a picnic lunch, or a roaring bonfire in the Hawaiian twilight. The beach boasts clean bathroom facilities as well as sheltered picnic benches, reasonable amounts of parking, and easy access to the Kapaa Coastal Trail. Kealia Beach is located just off the Kuhio Highway (Route 56) in Kapaa.