Destination guide

Reconnect with nature in Kapaa

Set your eyes on the Kapaa coast and you'll be tantalized by a layer cake of emerald-green grass, sugar-white sand and aquamarine water. It's the kind of place you come to rest, relax and reconnect with nature. In fact, Kauai's relationship with Mother Nature is so deep-rooted that, by law, no building is allowed to surpass the height of a coconut palm. If this is your idea of barefoot luxury, Kapaa vacation rentals fit the bill perfectly. Take your pick of low rise condos, just steps from the sand.

Things to do

Chasing waterfalls in Kapaa

Considered one of Hawaii's most sacred sites, Wailua River State Park is dotted with ancient stone temples and high chief monuments. Kayak tours offer a unique chance to explore the river's tangled jungles and tumbling waterfalls. For one of Kauai's best photo opportunities, don't miss Wailua Falls. They cascade down a sheer cliffside dripping with tropical foliage. After a long day of chasing waterfalls, there's nothing better than sunset Mai Tais on the deck of your Kapaa vacation rental condo.

Activities

Shopping for treasures in Kapaa Town

Kapaa Town may be one of Kauai's top shopping destinations, but you can banish visions of designer boutiques and sparkling window displays. Instead, you'll find colorful stalls selling Hawaiian shirts, handcrafted jewelry, island-inspired art and a host of other unique finds. Visit on the first Saturday of the month for live music and sizzling street food stands. While Kapaa's local beaches are a treat, head up the coast and you'll find gems like Kealia Beach Park. One of Kauai's best-kept secrets, it's fringed by golden sand and rolling breakers.

Weather

Catch the Kapaa sweet spot

Summer is high season on Kauai, when Kapaa and its fellow beach towns hum with activity. Expect clear skies, calm seas and sultry temperatures. School holidays mean the Memorial Day to Labor Day stretch is always busy. However, with access to lush gardens, sparkling pools and private beaches, Kapaa vacation rentals provide a textbook setting for sun-filled family memories. Things don't slow down in the winter, when Kauai serves up world-class surfing and incredible whale-watching opportunities. Late spring and early fall are considered sweet spots. You'll enjoy quieter beaches and irresistible discounts, despite there being every chance of flawless weather.

Natural features

Kapaa – a gateway to the "Garden Isle"

Kauai is blessed with the kind of raw natural beauty that made Jurassic Park film scouts go weak at the knees. It's known as the "Garden Isle" in a nod to the lush tropical rainforests that cover much of its interior. For a quintessential Kauai experience, spend an hour or 2 getting lost in Smith's Tropical Paradise. The botanic garden is a wonderland of grassy lawns, glassy ponds and tropical flowers. While Waimea Canyon tends to steal the spotlight, Kapaa's Sleeping Giant Mountain is just as impressive. Take your pick of 3 trails that unlock access to Kauai's Hollywood-worthy views.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Kapaa

Fly into Lihue, HI (LIH), the closest airport, located 7.3 mi (11.7 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Kapaa?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,443 vacation rentals near Kapaa. From 1,424 Condos/Apartments to 453 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kapaa for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Kapaa?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kapaa:

  • Poipu: 1,501 vacation rentals
  • Nawiliwili: 873 vacation rentals
  • Hanalei Palms: 333 vacation rentals
  • Kaiulani: 419 vacation rentals
  • Queen Emmas Bluffs: 412 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Kapaa?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Kapaa. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kadavul Hindu Temple: 4,065 vacation rentals
  • Opaekaa Falls: 4,058 vacation rentals
  • Iraivan Temple: 4,047 vacation rentals
  • Town Park: 3,884 vacation rentals
  • Kapahi Park: 3,884 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kapaa listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Kapaa?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,424 Condos/Apartments in Kapaa. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kapaa include:

  • Houses: 453 rentals available
  • Cottages: 41 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 41 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Resorts and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Kapaa?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,859 vacation rentals with pool available in Kapaa. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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