Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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 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.


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.

Natural features

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.

Where to stay around Poipu Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,393 vacation rentals near Poipu Beach. From 292 Houses to 912 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Poipu Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Poipu Beach?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Poipu Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Kauai: 4,079 vacation rentals
  • Poipu: 1,496 vacation rentals
  • Kapaa: 2,477 vacation rentals
  • Hanalei: 1,844 vacation rentals
  • Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai: 169 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Poipu Beach! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Poipu Beach?

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

  • Kapaa: 2,477 rentals
  • Hanalei: 1,844 rentals
  • Kilauea: 1,571 rentals
  • Waimea: 4,078 rentals
  • Kekaha: 4,079 rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Poipu Beach?

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

  • Koke'e State Park: 1,576 rentals
  • Kiahuna Golf Course: 2,506 rentals
  • Poipu Bay Golf Course: 2,504 rentals
  • Nukolii Beach Park: 3,965 rentals
  • Kauai Lagoons Golf Club: 2,576 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Poipu Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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