Kailua Beach Park, Oahu

Kailua Beach

  • Name: Kailua Beach
  • What: Half-mile beach popular with locals and great for water sports
  • Where: Kailua on the Windward Coast, 30 minutes from Waikiki
  • More Info: Restrooms, picnic facilities, showers, parking lot

With a half mile of soft white sand, turquoise water and gentle breezes, Kailua Beach Park located on the Windward Coast is a local favorite.

Kailua Beach’s proximity to several small islands makes it an ideal place for adventuring. Closest to the shore is barren Flat Island, and far off to the east are the Mokulua Islands, commonly known as “Moks” or “Twin Islands.” To the west of Kailua Beach is Kalama Beach, a family-friendly beach with mild waves great for teaching kids how to surf and body board. To the east is Kailua’s sister beach, Lanikai Beach, which is another beautiful stretch of sand, although less accessible since it’s nestled between residential housing and parking is limited.

On the way to the beach you’ll pass charming Kailua Town. You’ll find scattered along Kailua Road a variety of restaurants and shops to satisfy all tastes. Eat like a local and try a shave ice to cool down after the beach. President Obama famously treated his family to some shave ice at the Island Snow in Kailua Town. Or grab a plate lunch and head to Kailua Beach’s large grassy areas and picnic benches, perfect for eating lunch near the ocean.

As couples lounge on the sand with their dogs, teenagers play in the water and families throw parties on the picnic tables, you’ll learn that Kailua has a laid-back environment different from Waikiki. Consistently rated one of the best beaches in America, Kailua Beach is a great getaway less than 30-minutes away from Honolulu.