The Hawaiian island of Kauai is home to an exquisite coastline and pristine white and black sand beaches. Some people make a point of finding "hidden" beaches on Kauai, while others enjoy popular locations linked with small hotels or remote towns. Garden Island has plenty of space to spread out a towel and relax, snorkel, surf, sail and become one with nature. These are some of the best beaches in Kauai, which makes them some of the best in the world. They are also the right destinations in the Hawaii Islands to enjoy beautiful spaces on your own terms.

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01Kauai Beach Geography

Kauai is towards the northern end of the Hawaiian Islands with only Niihau further north. Flights to the island arrive in Lihue, and it's often a long drive to your destination from there. Haena and access to the Na Pali Coast is about an hour and fifteen minutes' drive, for instance. Poipu is 25 minutes away, black sand Waimea beaches are almost an hour away and Hanalei 50 minutes.

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