Best Kid-Friendly Beaches on Kauai

Lydgate State Beach Park

When we got to Kauai, I had big plans to visit all the different beaches. I researched different beaches, I made lists of different beaches, I made an itinerary of different beaches. My son had other plans. 

He’s six. And to him, he doesn’t care how many different beaches we see. He just wants to go to the beach. Just to enjoy the beach. Not to check a bunch of beaches off of a to-do list. So I took a lesson out of his six-year-old playbook, and we stuck to the first beach we checked out in Kapa’a: Lydgate State Beach Park.

Lydgate Beach in Kauai
Lydgate State Beach Park, Kapa’a, Kauai Hawaii
tropical trees and beach at Lydgate State Beach Park
Lydgate State Beach Park, Kapa’a, Kauai Hawaii

Here are the three things we loved about Lydgate State Beach Park and why it’s SO great for kids:

1. There are two enclosed areas that kids can safely swim in.

Waves still come in and out, but since the areas are enclosed it’s a little more mellow and you don’t have to worry about currents. My son was not quite swimming on his own, so this was a great way for him to enjoy the ocean without me having to hover.

Lydgate State Beach Park
Enclosed swimming area at Lydgate State Beach Park, Kapa’a Kauai Hawaii

2. There are bathrooms and showers.

Enough said. 

3. There’s a really big playground just across the way.

My son – who usually is a big playground fan – never made it there. He had too much fun at the ocean. But it was a great option to have nearby. 

Other Kid-friendly Beaches we Liked:

Shipwreck Beach 

Shipwreck Beach Kauai
Shipwreck Beach near Maha’ulepu Heritage Coastal Trail on Kauai Hawaii

This is at the trailhead near Maha’ulepu Heritage Coastal Trail. It’s MUCH rougher than Lydgate State Beach Park, but my son had a ton of fun jumping the waves at the shore line! It’s a nice start or end if you’re doing the coastal trail. 

See more on Maha’ulepu Trail here

Hanalei Bay

On the north shore, this is my idea of the quintessential Kauai island experience. It’s a bay, so the water is very calm, even though it’s not enclosed. 

See more on our visit to the north shore at Hanalei Bay here. 

Mountains and beach at Hanalei Bay
Hanalei Bay on the north shore of Kauai Hawaii
Hanalei Bay Pier
The pier at Hanalei Bay on Kauai’s north shore.

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Kid-friendly Beaches Kauai