- Type: Beaches, Recreation
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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So few northern Kauai beaches are safe for swimming; the choice few are coveted by locals and tourists alike. Such is the case with crescent-shaped, two-mile long Hanalei. The summertime water is calm enough for laps; the winter season sees some wave action. Several hotels are located right on Hanalei's shore, but public access points also dot the area. Visitors particularly suggest Hanalei Beach Park or Wai'oli Beach Park, as both have changing rooms, showers, picnic tables, and grills.