The peaceful seclusion of Princeville and Hanalei, swaddled by the majestic peaks of the Na Pali Coast and draped in nature’s rugged beauty make it the perfect place for you and your family to spend some quality time together. With no shortage of kid-friendly activities and fabulous beaches where even your littlest ones can learn to swim, surf, and build sandcastles, you’ll find a wealth of wonderful Kauai sites and attractions just minutes away from your new vacation home with Princeville Vacation Rentals.
Let’s Go To the Beach!
While Kaua‘i’s North Shore beaches have breathtaking scenery and panoramic views, not all are good for swimming thanks to large winter waves and rough conditions. The two best beaches for swimming are right next to Princeville; Hanalei Bay to the west, and Anini Beach to the east. Hanalei offers wide stretches of sand, grass, and shade trees, perfect for every type of beachgoer. The bay shelters swimmers, and many young kids learn to surf in the gentle break here. Swimming is great year-round, and the sunsets from the pier are spectacular. Anini Beach boasts a nearly 2-mile long barrier reef that blocks the ocean’s powerful waves, leaving a lagoon that is perfect for young children learning to swim or snorkel. Rent a SUP board or a surf board from the beach vendors (or the shops in town) and practice your balance in the water. Adults, we’re looking at you too. Check out Kaua‘i Explorer, an excellent online resource for beach information and conditions.
For more Kaua’i, Hawai’i top attractions, take the family to Lydgate Park in Kapa`a. The beach features two naturally enclosed swimming areas so little ones can enjoy the ocean while you don’t have to worry. It also has a lifeguard on duty. Next door is the Kamalani Playground, a hit with kids big and small. They’ll love the swings, balance beams, musical bells, and of course the volcano slide. This massive, Hawaiian-themed play area is a huge hit. Closer to home, the Princeville Playground has a selection of slides, swings, and climbing trees. The library across the street is a great family stop as well, including the odd collection of statues that mark the entrance to Princeville town.
Family Fun at Kaua’i, Hawai’i Top Attractions
The entire island is a playground for the entire family, with plenty of Kauai sites and attractions to offer. Visit the famous Waimea Canyon, explore the beginning of the rugged Na Pali Coast (kids as young as 4 can handle the first half-mile of the trail before it gets truly rugged), visit the working dairy farm of Kaua‘i Kunana in Kilauea, or take a relaxing kayak trip down the Hanalei River.