Dr. Beach’s 2009 Top U.S. beach pick is Kauai’s renowned Hanalei Bay.
The selection of Hanalei Bay certainly comes as no surprise to us here at Beat of Hawaii, or to our readers. This beautiful crescent-shaped jewel has been our own No. 1 beach year after year. You’ll typically find me in the water there at least twice a week during summer for long-distance swimming.
Dr. Beach bases his selection on 60 criteria including water, sand, environmental quality, safety, services, and management.
Hanalei runs from mammoth waves in winter to complete tranquility in summer. It is warm, clean and lush. In the past few weeks the water clarity has been the best I can ever recall, such that you can literally look around and see a vast distance in nature’s own swimming pool.
The broad, soft, blond-sand beach stretches two miles and with its gentle slope into the water is perfect for long walks.
Hanalei Bay is quintessential Hawaii, pure and simple. The backdrop is of majestic green mountains repleat with many waterfalls, and in the background, iconic Bali Hai also known as Makana.
- Showers and bathrooms (which are in need of renovation)
- Picnic facilities with barbeques
If you’re at Hanalei Beach this summer and see me, be sure to give a “shout out.”