Where to Stay

  • Lihuʻe Most skip this commercial hub and head to the North or South Shore.
  • Hanalei Bay and the North Shore It rains more up north, but it's also more verdant. The areas around Hanalei are the accommodations center.
  • Eastside Anahola and Kapaʻa have some nice places, fun beach scenes and good snorkeling, but it lacks the drama of the scenery further north.
  • Poʻipu and the South Shore Because of rain patterns, the area around Poʻipu is the driest on Kauaʻi. Beaches are gorgeous, and you'll get way more sun than up north.
  • Westside There are a few good beach houses and inns in towns like Waimea and Kekaha. There's less restaurants, practically no night life and a cool zen quiet that may just be perfect.