Kailua Beach Park
With a wide sandy beach, relatively calm water, and ample picnic spots, Kailua Beach Park is a family favorite. The beach is a short walk from Kailua Town, a lively small community with grocery stores, a number of restaurants, cafés, coffee shops, and boutiques. Many visitors opt to just relax on the beach and swim in the clear water, while others take advantage of water-sports rentals and get out on a kayak or kite board.
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Things to Know Before You Go
- Kailua Beach Park is a short walk from Kailua Town, which offers plenty of dining and shopping options.
- Kayaks, surfboards, and other water-sports equipment is available to rent at various locations in Kailua Town.
- There are showers but no public restrooms at Kailua Beach Park.
- Bike rental is available in Kailua Town.
How to Get There
Kailua Beach Park is on Oahu’s windward coast in the town of Kailua. Since parking at the beach is limited and traffic can be quite bad in Kailua Town, it’s best to drive to town and then walk or cycle to the beach or take the bus. City buses run frequently to the park from Waikiki and towns all over the island.
When to Get There
Kailua is a popular destination year-round, and Kailua Beach is well known for its beautiful sunrises. Parking is available but quickly fills up on weekends and most weekdays, so arrive as early as possible if you’re driving. Walking from town, cycling, or taking public transit allows for more flexibility in arrival time.
A small town with a local feel and markedly more relaxed than Waikiki, Kailua has a wide array of shopping and dining options. Visitors could easily spend an afternoon or full day in Kailua exploring brunch spots, bikini shops, upscale boutiques, and a fantastic Thursday evening farmers market with live music.