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With crystal clear waters and tranquil sandy shores, Kauai is the ideal place if you’re looking for a tropical beach vacation. Kauai Exclusive Management has luxury beachfront accommodations on three of the most popular sides of the island: North Shore, South Shore, and East Shore. This means we have a vacation rental that’ll put you within walking distance of a variety of beaches. Before setting off on your sunshine-filled day, be sure to read up on important Hawaii beach safety tips that’ll keep you and the environment safe.

1. Research Which Beaches Have Lifeguards

While all beaches on Kauai are picturesque, not all have the same safety measures. Even if you are a strong swimmer, we recommend picking a beach that has lifeguards. There are a number of beaches around the North, South, and East shores that have lifeguards keeping an eye on swimmers and snorkelers, like

2. Only Use Reef-Safe Sunscreen

Sunscreen is key to avoiding a painful sunburn, but you want to make sure your sunscreen isn’t harming the ecosystem. The reefs around the island are home to a wide variety of aquatic wildlife, and your sunscreen can actually harm them. Keep yourself and the reefs safe by only using reef-safe or reef-friendly sunscreen

3. Be Careful of Water Conditions

The warm waters that surround Kauai are perfect for everything from swimming to snorkeling. However, conditions can change, causing high surf and riptides. This is why selecting a beach with lifeguards is important. Pay attention to ocean safety signs and any directions from lifeguards. Before heading out, check the surf reports.

4. Keep an Eye Out for Wildlife

When you swim in the ocean, you swim with wildlife, including sharks and jellyfish, that call the waters home. While shark attacks are rare, you can help make them even rarer by avoiding swimming during dusk, dawn, and overnight. If you are stung by a jellyfish, don’t be afraid to ask a lifeguard for help.

5. Stay Hydrated and Take Breaks from the Sun

One of the easiest ways to stay safe while enjoying your beach day is by taking breaks from the sun. You want to reapply your sunscreen every two hours, more frequently on children. You also want to remember to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. 

Enjoy the Ultimate Beach Getaway with Kauai Exclusive

A Kauai vacation rental to enjoy while brushing up on Hawaii beach safety tips.

After a day soaking in the Hawaii sun at a nearby beach, rest and unwind back at your vacation rental from Kauai Exclusive Management. You’ll enjoy all the comforts of home, like cozy bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. We offer a range of suites, houses, condos, and penthouses on three sides of Kauai. Call 1-877-465-2824 to learn more about our accommodations and which one suits your needs best.