Poipu Beach, Koloa, HI, USA

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Poipu Beach, Koloa, HI, USA

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Poipu Beach – one of the world's best beaches

Trust Kauai to give us all Poipu. No island other than this could have conceived of it – a series of resplendent coves, arcing their way along the blue-green shores of the Pacific Ocean between clusters of black volcanic rock and palm-topped dunes. This really is the stuff of travel brochures; the sort of place people dream about when they're stuck in the office. Poipu Beach vacation rentals can help you get your taste of the turtle-spotted bays of this iconic paradise in the Aloha State. There are many, from salt-washed shacks to family condos in sight of the surf.

Poipu is beach life at its best

You won't need long on Poipu to see why it's been voted America's number one beach. It's got wide, powdery, pristine sands that are separated in two by a narrow spit. On the one side, body boarders pull barrel rolls in the swells. On the other, children craft sandcastles and splash around in the shallow lagoons. Think you've spotted a turtle? Don't panic, they are common here, too, and so are monk seals that laze on the black-rock boulders. The upshot is that it's a great spot for wildlife viewing, especially when it comes to the creatures of the sea.

An aloha of attractions in Poipu Beach

Those who've been lucky enough to bag one of the coveted Poipu vacation rentals on the beach might not need any suggestions for local attractions – it's likely that the allure of those bisque-hued sands and aquamarine waters will be just too much to get away from. There is plenty more to see though. You can wonder at the curious Spouting Horn, erupting like a coastal geyser just around the headland, or burrow between the breadfruit blooms and coral trees of the Allerton Garden. Or, heading out from your Poipu Beach vacation rental, you can photograph the rugged Makawehi Lithified Cliffs.

Poipu Beach entices for much of the year

It's hard to imagine a time when Poipu isn't downright enticing. Loads of visitors flock to its sands and lagoons in the midwinter but most are just snowbirds fleeing the subzero temperatures of the north. It's actually better to dodge that boom time and book your Poipu Beach vacation rental in the long, drier period that runs between May and November. That's when you're most likely to get the Hawaiian rays to soak up, and when you won't have to compete with the big crowds for the best beach shacks and villas.

Poking into the Pacific at Poipu Beach

Poipu's famous beaches poke into the Pacific Ocean in a series of black-rock headlands – courtesy of Kauai's volcanic origins – and sparkling sandy coves. They are separated by a thin spit of land known as a tombolo, creating the perfect habitat for rare marine creatures like sea turtles and monk seals. Nearby, the coastline changes into sheer-cut cliffs and rugged headlands of metamorphic stone. That's where you'll find the spurting “coastal geysers", and some seriously dramatic sunset lookouts over the sea.