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Hawaii Beach Safety Tips: How to Stay Safe While Having a Fun Kauai Beach Day

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. 

A photo of a vacation rental overlooking a beach. Stay safe during a Hawaii beach day by following safety tips.Enjoy the Ultimate Beach Getaway with Kauai Exclusive

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.

Shop Local: Explore the Kauai Farmers Market Scene

When you stay at a vacation rental, you’ll have certain comforts of home that you just don’t get by staying at a hotel. A big one is being able to cook meals. While it’s nice to explore local restaurants and not have to cook, there may be some nights during your Hawaii getaway where you want to cook a meal as a family or group of friends. By renting a vacation home from Kauai Exclusive Management, you’ll have a luxury kitchen to create culinary masterpieces in. Utilize the freshest ingredients possible by stopping by a Kauai farmers market.

A Guide to Shopping Kauai Farmers Markets

There is a range of farmers markets throughout the island to explore during your stay, each filled with delicious, local finds.

  • Waimea Farmers Market: Visit this weekly market on Huakai Road open every Thursday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. You’ll find a variety of fresh produce like mango, papaya, and limes, along with other delicious items, including eggs, pesto, and sugarcane. 
  • Hale Halawai Hanalei Farmers Market: Voted one of the top five farmers markets by Hawaii Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards, this market, which runs Sundays from noon to 2:30 p.m., is a must-visit. Find fresh-baked bread, salsa, and fresh-squeezed juices. You can also shop for work done by local artists.
  • Anahola Farmers Hui Market: Open Saturdays from 9:30 a.m to noon, this market has a special time reserved for mothers with infants and Kupuna from 9 to 9:30. Shop local vendors to find the perfect ingredients for that night’s dinner. Don’t forget to check out the Markers Market on Tuesday. 

During your adventures around the island, keep your eyes open for roadside stands as well. These are the perfect place to grab a snack to enjoy while you are exploring.

An image of a vacation rental near Kauai farmers market spots.Enjoy a Tropical Getaway with Kauai Exclusive

With vacation rentals throughout the island, Kauai Exclusive Management has a rental that’s in your ideal area of Kauai. Whether you are hoping to be near a beach or fantastic hiking trails, we have a rental for you. Take advantage of all that comes from booking a vacation rental, like a luxury kitchen, by stocking up on fresh ingredients at a local farmers market perfect for a home-cooked meal or picnic lunch. Learn more about the amenities included in our rentals or about reserving one by calling 1-877-465-2824.

Unplug in Nature on the Best Hikes on Kauai

With stunning beaches, breathtaking overlooks, and lush forests, Kauai is the perfect tropical paradise for any getaway. When you book a vacation rental from Kauai Exclusive Management, you’ll have all the comforts of home while being close to the attractions and activities that bring visitors to this island year after year. Your vacation is the perfect time to unplug and decompress from the busyness of life. There’s no better way to do this than lacing up your boots and exploring some of the best hikes in Kauai.

The Top 5 Kauai Hiking Trails

Whether you are an avid hiker or someone who enjoys more of a leisurely nature walk, there are plenty of amazing trails to pick from. With rentals on three of the most popular sides of the island, you’ll be close to a number of trails regardless of where on the island you call home base.

  1. Makawehi Lithified Cliffs: Next to Shipwreck Beach, hike along the ancient limestone sea cliffs. This hike, which usually takes one to two hours depending on how far along the shore you walk, is a great hike to bring kids on.
  2. Awa’awapuhi Trail: This hike is an excellent option if you are looking for something a bit challenging. The roughly 6-mile trail starts at Kōkeʻe State Park and takes you through Nāpali-Kona Forest Reserve.
  3. Nounou East ‘Sleeping Giant’ Trail: You’ll enjoy breathtaking views as you hike along this roughly 3.5-mile round trip trail. Make your way through a shady forest as you work your way toward the mountain peak.
  4. Kuilau Ridge Trail: While this trail is around a 4-mile round trip, it’s on the easier side. You’ll hike your way through lush vegetation while catching views of Mount Waialeale and Kawaikin. 
  5. Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail: Shipwreck Beach to Punahoa Point: Make your way along the 3.7-mile seaside trail from Shipwreck Beach to Mahaulepu Beach near Kawailoa Bay. Take your time to discover sea cliffs, dunes, tie pools, petroglyphs, and sculpted lava formations during your hike. 

Whichever hike you embark on, be sure to bring your camera with you to capture the views along the way.

An image of a vacation rental near some of the best hikes and trails in Kauai. Book Your Paradise Escape with Kauai Exclusive

Whether you’re hoping to stay on the North, South, or East shores, Kauai Exclusive Management has a luxury vacation rental perfect that fits your needs and budget. Select from a range of accommodations, including penthouses, condos, homes, and suites. Rest easy knowing you have a warm and relaxing place to unwind in after a day hiking Kauai’s trails. To learn more about our accommodations, please call us at 1-877-465-2824.