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Po'ipu Beach is considered one of the most popular beaches in Kauai. This small shoreline situated on the southern shore of the island appeals to many types of beachgoers thanks to its golden sands, calm waters and convenient location in the heart of the Po'ipu resort area. Here, sun seekers can easily kick back, relax and layout for hours in between the palm trees while those with kiddos needn't worry about heavy waves interrupting a family swim. Those looking for a little more adventure can enjoy boogie boarding (the beach features small waves) and snorkeling.

Poi'pu's versatility can be attributed to its tombola, or sandbar, that sits in the middle of the beach, affording two types of swimming environments. Little kids can wade around the left side's shallow, calm waters while more advanced swimmers and snorkelers explore the open bay on the right side. What's more, if you visit during the right time of year, you can get an eyeful of local wildlife. During migrating season (December to May), you may be able to spot humpback whales spouting in the distance. And on the shore, you may see some endangered Hawaiian monk seals taking a siesta. The downside to Po'ipu's popularity is there's very little chance for privacy here, especially in the peak travel season.

Recent travelers agreed that Po'ipu is a beach worth visiting in Kauai, especially if you're taking a family vacation. Those traveling with kids were quite complimentary of the safe swimming conditions as well as the adjacent grassy beach park, which features picnic tables, benches and pavilions perfect for a picnic. Other beachgoers were particularly thrilled watching the monk seals and turtles swim ashore, though cautioned getting too close. Some said lifeguards keep watch over the wildlife just as much as swimmers and if a person is found disturbing local wildlife, they could incur a hefty fine and even imprisonment. Despite all its perks, some travelers found the beach to be underwhelming and recommended venturing to more scenic north shore beaches for fewer crowds. 

There are no set hours for Po'ipu Beach, however, it is not advised to swim at night or anytime a lifeguard is not present. You can find Po'ipu Beach in the Po'ipu Beach resort area, which features a variety of hotels, restaurants and shopping options, in southern Kauai. For more information about Po'ipu Beach, visit the Hawaii tourism website

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