Guest post by Jake Garrett from Villas at Po’ipu Kai
Vacationing on Kauai’s South Coast is like going to your local buffet – without the regrettable, over-stuffed feeling that follows. The island is small enough that discovering each of its regions is easily accomplished within one trip. But, like a buffet, there are the definite “Eat Me” spots that you will want to try at the beginning so as to maximize your enjoyment. Although it goes against buffet protocol you might even give repeated attention to one dish. Kauai’s southern coastline is this island’s version of the repeated dish.
Finding accommodations in the southern region is not difficult since there are several resorts, hotel chains, and rentals to choose from. Your home base will you give you better access to certain beaches and restaurants and will require a little travel to get to the others. By car, the whole coastline can be travelled in a leisurely hour. You will find, however, that the attractions on the south shore are so many that you can spend plenty of time in one area.
There is no shortage of beaches on Kauai and the south shore is no exception. It would be impossible to go through them all in one article, so here are the most notable. Po’ipu Beach Park is a nationally awarded beach which makes it a must-see. Good for families and a variety of activities the beach sometimes becomes crowded but is worth the visit. A few miles to the east of Po’ipu Beach you will find Maha’ulepu Beach which is actually a chain of beaches. Much less crowded than Po’ipu but with less friendly waters, Maha’ulepu is best for relaxing or strolling on the shore. And finally, back on the other side of Po’ipu is Kiahuna Beach. This beach is visually stunning and is perfect for every beach activity you could want. Check it out at sunset for a special treat.
Now what are you going to do for food? If you are staying a while there is a Wal-Mart a few blocks from the airport in Lihue. As you travel from there towards the south you will pass a Costco. The biggest local grocery store is called Big Save and can be found in several locations, including in Koloa in the south. Eating out is easy both in hotels and in locally owned spots. A couple of local favorites are Bubba’s Burgers and Lappert’s Ice Cream. With homegrown ingredients Bubba’s gives burgers a unique flavor with a great variety of burgers to choose from. There are only a few locations on the island, but make it a point to get to one. Just around the corner from Bubba’s in the south is Lappert’s, a Kauai original. This fast melting ice cream is delicious, so eat quickly or get it in a bowl to preserve it.
There are many more attractions along the south shore that will fill out your trip. On your next visit to Kauai make sure to see as many as you can but start with the ones above and you will leave with a great taste in your mouth.