We stayed next door at Marriott's Waiohai resort. Poipu State Beach Park is great. There's a playground and plenty of beach to sit at. You can also sit on the beach in front of Marriott; BTW, it's much less crowded.
Unlike other south shore & west shore beaches, the reef really calms the water so kids can play & swim. The beach is wide enough to provide some steep slope for older kids who want to do the boogyboarding stuff and other spots where the beach is less sloped and waves gently laps up on shore for less adventurous ones. Our 4 year old who is not a big water fan got the courage to run & in out of the water on our last few days. The beach extends slightly up to a tidepool, but unless you have surf shoes, it's tough to walk around and anyway there is not much to see.
The snorkeling apparently is good, i unfortunately had a broken arm so could not verify that!
Beautiful vast beach area. Gentle waves when we were then in January. Saw a variety of fish. Restrooms, outdoor showers and green spaces nearby. Warm water and temperatures on the south side of the island in January. Could have stayed here for days!
After looking around the area for the best "baby beach" we decided to spend a few hours at Poipu Beach - an ideal place to let our 2 1/2 year old play in the water without fear of him getting swept out by the waves or getting too scared of the ocean water.
We came in early Dec., so the water wasn't exactly warm, but this public beach was still busy with families with young children. It sports lots of amenities, including lifeguards, picnic tables, bathrooms, showers (outdoors), and a playground too. The calmest part of the beach (next to the play structure) was completely protected from the waves and currents. From the shore, our son was able to run about 20-30 feet into the water, and still didn't come bast his waist most of the time. He was able to play in the ocean water with confidence, learning to kick around on a boogie board and even try out a snorkel mask. Tons of fish are in the area too (I spotted several dozen different kinds) so be sure to bring your snorkel gear if you don't mind exploring very shallow waters.
Park in the lot near Brennecke's Beach Broiler to save a bit of a hike to the calm "baby beach" area. This is to the left as you enter the Poipu Beach area and the best spot on the beach for the toddlers is just next to the playground (on the east side of the beach).
Loved this beach for our daughter 2 1/2 at the time. Lots of shade and mellow waters. We enjoyed the park area and grass as well. The locals were very nice and so friendly. What a great beach to take little ones. I even had a chance to relax and watch from the shore as at the time I was pregnant with our boy. close parking and so much room for everyone to enjoy.
We absolutely LOVE Kauai and would LOVE to live there!!!! It is so beautiful and the beaches are too good to be true :) Poipu Beach is great! White sand, good swimming areas for the kids and lots of room for even when it is crowded. We cannot wait to take the kids when they are old enough!!
This is a great beach for families! It is a nice sandy beach and kids have a lot of fun here. The snorkeling is supposed to be pretty good here, although be careful because in the summer, the water is actually pretty rough! Overall, this beach is really beautiful and relaxing and is a great place to bring your family!
Poipu Beach is an expansive area of beach & yard. There are plenty of picnic shelters and lots of room for the kids to roam around. They even have decent parking. The water is great and it made it hard to leave this wonderful island. The baby pool is located here as well for the littlones.
It was really nice to walk on the different rocks and look at the pristine crystal blue water. There was a seal having a baby on the beach when we went, so we didn't get to play, but we got to explore. It was neat to see the lava rock and to see what the county does when an animal has a baby on the beach. :)
Poipu Beach County Park, at the end of the road, is a well-tended park that’s great for families and is the most popular beach on the south shore. The waters are quite clear here, ideal for close-to-shore snorkeling, as well as swimming and boogieboarding. Great for picnics too. There are restrooms, showers, a playground, picnic tables, and a pavilion. A naturally formed sheltered pool, surrounded by lava, is tame enough for toddlers and young, inexperienced swimmers. Poipu is one of the safest beaches on the island.
Poipu Beach is a great expanse of sandy beach. This is where they shot Harrisson Ford and Anne Heche's mountain climbing expedition. This is very realxing beach - queit and clean. The golf course is close by and great golfing to be had - professional tournaments are played in the course.