Kapiʻolani Beach Park
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Kapiʻolani Beach Park information
Lonely Planet review
Where did all the tourists go? From Kapahulu Groin south to the Natatorium, this peaceful stretch of beach, backed by a green space of banyan trees and grassy lawns, offers a relaxing niche with none of the frenzy found on the beaches fronting the Waikiki hotel strip. It’s a popular weekend picnicking spot for local families, who unload the kids to splash in the ocean while adults fire up the BBQ. Facilities include restrooms and outdoor showers.
The widest northern end of Kapiʻolani Beach is nicknamed Queen’s Surf Beach . The stretch in front of the pavilion is popular with Waikiki’s gay community. Its sandy bottom offers decent swimming. The beach between Queen’s Surf Beach and The Wall is shallow and has broken coral. Long-boarders favor the offshore left-handed surf break Publics .