It’s not hard to fall in love with Poipu, a little beach town with plenty to do. Whether you’re looking for action packed adventure or a restful getaway after (or before) your Kauai Marathon experience, Poipu offers a little bit of everything to make your trip memorable. Here are a few of our favorite things …
Perpetual Sunshine. Although Kauai is known for having one of the wettest spots on earth, Poipu remains sunny throughout most of the year. Thus, its nickname, ‘Sunny Poipu.’
Restaurants. Poipu has become known as the ‘restaurant row’ of Kauai. Chefs Peter Merriman and Roy Yamaguchi, two original members of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement, have opened restaurants here. From the flavors of Hawaii to Italy and Mexico, a variety of cuisine is within your reach.
Beaches. Whether you want to tackle the surf, explore underwater sea caverns and coral reefs or simply find a stretch of sand to dive into your new book, Poipu has you covered. Poipu Beach has been rated by Travel + Leisure and The Travel Channel as one of the best beaches in the world for its crystal clear waters, variety of activities, keiki (children) ponds and lifeguard services. Aside from Poipu Beach, there are many other nearby beaches. Find your inner peace with a stroll on the secluded shoreline of Mahaulepu Beach or watch surfers brave the shore break at Shipwreck’s Beach.
Adventure. The beaches aren’t the only attraction in Poipu. Local outfitter adventure companies have found ways to showcase Poipu’s natural beauty through heart pumping adventures. Zipline through tropical forests, get deliciously dirty on a mudbug or zoom through old sugar cane roads on an ATV.
Endless Shopping. Gourmet grocery stores, local souvenirs and small boutiques featuring locally made items are quickly accessible throughout Poipu. Trying to find that perfect memory of your Kauai stay is as easy as stopping by one of Poipu’s shopping centers for items that are eclectic and unique.
Abundance of Fresh Fruit & Veggies. Every Wednesday, The Shops at Kukuiula hosts its culinary market. Farmers from all over Kauai showcase their inspiring produce while local musicians serenade you with their smooth islands sounds. As you meander through the village, restaurants tempt you with samples of their savory menu items. Nearby Koloa Town also holds the Sunshine Market at Koloa Ball Park on Mondays at Noon.
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