Kaua'i has a multitude of gorgeous, white sand beaches, and we had time on our last trip to explore some that we hadn't been to in prior years. We also spent a good deal of time at the beach by our hotel, Kalapaki Beach, due to its convenience and accessibility. Despite its convenience, it got a little crowded some days, so we went in search of a quieter spot.
Probably the most popular beach in Kaua'i is Poipu Beach on the Western side of the island, but when we were there briefly on Friday, it seemed as though every square inch of this tiny, crescent-shaped bit of sand seemed was covered by someone's beach towel and coconut-oiled body. One of our local friends characterized it as "the new Waikiki." The abundance of timeshares, hotels, and guest-houses in Poipu make it a popular tourist spot. While it's a nice spot, with shallow pools for kids to play in, and interesting fish to look at, it wasn't quite what we were looking for in terms of "beach getaway."
We drove a little further north to the equally beautiful (and relatively empty) Salt Pond Beach Park. Near the historic town of Hanapepe, the Salt Pond is where Hawaiians have traditionally gone to gather sea salt for cooking. It's a lovely park, with a grassy area leading to a sandy beach, with a rock-enclosed space perfect for kids to splash around it in, protected from the rough waves.