Kauai in Technicolor
Pack a picnic and enjoy the show
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Kauai’s beaches with its picturesque setting, gentle breezes, swaying palms and the alluring sound of the rhythmic ocean create the ideal environment for anyone ready to enjoy the amazing beauty and splendor of this island paradise. A few places in the world can rival some of the great picnic spots found in the Garden Isle with surreal sunsets to take in nature’s gifts. So pack some picnic fare, unwind and take in the view.
Salt Pond Beach Park
Just outside the sleepy little town of Hanapepe on Kauai’s West Side, you’ll find a great little beach park that embodies the local laidback lifestyle and true Aloha Spirit. Salt Pond Beach Park hosts the only natural salt pond in Hawaii and is still used today by descendants of ancient Hawaiians to make sea salt. This public beach is small, but not crowded, and has a variety of picnic terrain to choose from. Salt Pond Beach Park offers full amenities such as: restrooms, showers, picnic pavilions, cooking grills, even lifeguard supervision. The quaint and protected cove usually offers safe swimming year-round, ideal for a late afternoon dip. One of the best family destinations for a sunset picnic, camping by permit is also allowed and the weather is usually nice at any time of the year. Be sure to check out the pond itself, but be respectful and do not enter the salt making area.
Salt Pond Beach Park can be found by taking Hwy 50 west toward Hanapepe. Just past mile marker 17, turn left on Lele, then turn right on Lokokai Rd. and drive until you reach the beach park.
Photo by Jason McCartney