Many travelers flock to Kauai’s famous North Shore, but the true hidden gems of the island can be found on the south side. Namely: Poipu Beach.
Here you’ll find some of the best beaches on the island, which experience near-perfect weather all year round. When North Shore beaches get hit with high winds, the southern coast remains peaceful and calm –– perfect for vacationing!
Poipu is the central beach hub on the south shore of Kauai, home to a captivating mix of cultural sites, stellar restaurants, pristine beaches, and hiking trails. Those searching for adventure will delight in the snorkeling opportunities, sea caverns to explore, impressive surf breaks, and lush jungle trails. Of course, for a more relaxing trip, the sandy beaches are perfect for sunbathing and picnicking in Kauai, while the town center of Poipu has plenty of cafes, restaurants, and local shops to keep you busy.
For those seeking an ideal spot for a family vacation, the Poipu oceanfront is one of the best places in the entire country. With plenty of oceanfront vacation rentals, swimmable beaches, great food options, and a plethora of activities, it’s easy to see why Poipu has become a hub of tourism on Kauai.
Of course, every great vacation needs a suitable home base –– a place to relax and unwind after a day of exploring, a place where you can feel at home even in a new location. We have a stunning portfolio of Poipu beachfront vacation rentals to accommodate all group sizes and preferences.
Poipu Shores – 3-bedroom condo
This is Kauai’s premier oceanfront complex with unparalleled shoreline views and all the facilities one could dream of. Poipu Shores rental is three-bedroom condo boasts an oceanfront lanai, from which guests can spot sea turtles and whales. The complex’s pool, gym, waterslide, basketball, and tennis courts will keep the kids entertained at home –– plus you’re mere minutes’ walk from famous Brennecke’s and Poipu Beaches.
Paths from Poipu Shores wind along the coast (perfect for a morning walk!) to cafes and lengthy hiking trails that traverse the island. For a day-long adventure, tackle the Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail which winds from here to Maha’ulepu Beach and Makauwahi Cave. Browse Poipu Shores for more photos and details.
Honulani – 3-bedroom home
For breathtaking ocean views, it’s tough to beat the Honulani rental in Kauai. Perched right on the oceanfront, this private family home has a backyard pool and a massive lanai offering stunning water views at sunrise and sunset.
Though it’s just a three-minute drive from the center of town, it feels like a truly private oasis, ideal for families or friend groups looking for a low-key vacation rental. A twenty-minute walk will bring you to world-class restaurants, and the home is conveniently located near the boat harbor for day trips on the water.
Stone House – 3-bedroom home
The Stone House rental in Poipu is built on a point of land that has a 180-degree white-water ocean view, so don’t be surprised if you never want to leave home. But if you do, you won’t have far to go –– this vacation rental is smack bang in the heart of Poipu town, perfect for afternoon cocktails or evening date nights. The famous Kiahuna golf club is just a few streets away, while Baby Beach next door is perfect for sunbathing and splashing around with kids.
Perhaps one afternoon could be spent exploring the historic plantation town of Koloa, just a six-minute drive inland from the Stone House. With cute shops and restaurants, it looks just like it would have 100 years ago and is a great place for lunch or ice cream.
Hale O’he – 2 bedroom home
Known as the Bamboo House, it’s a cozy beachfront rental in Poipu located mere steps from an intimate white sand beach. Beloved by honeymooners and small friend groups, the Hale O’he vacation home sleeps six. With open living areas and lanais on all levels of the house, it’s the perfect spot to relax and soak up the Hawaiian lifestyle.
For a bit more adventure, travelers can take surf lessons at the nearby Kiahuna beach, or spend the day exploring the Hapa trail, which winds high above Poipu for stunning views.
The Bamboo House is conveniently located right near town –– for a high-end shopping experience don’t miss The Shops at Kukui‘ula. The farmers’ market on Wednesdays is worth a visit, and Eating House 1849 or The Dolphin are excellent restaurant choices for an upscale lunch or dinner.
Hale Nalu Poipu – 3-bedroom home
This roomy beachfront vacation home is perfectly located right on Baby Beach, just a few minutes’ walk from the center of town. A spacious home at 2,450 square feet, Hale Nalu Poipu is ideal for three couples or a family trip. The beachfront master suite features a Jacuzzi tub for soaking up the sunset.
Nature lovers will adore staying on Baby Beach. Keep an eye out for sea turtles bobbing around in the water just steps from the property… Hawaiian monk seals have even been known to hang out on the sandy beaches around Poipu!
For all your Kauai beachfront vacation rental needs, Allure Kauai has you covered. See our full collection of Poipu oceanfront homes here and get in touch with any questions –– we’d love to hear from you!