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Lydgate Beach Park

 

Lydgate Park in Kapa’a is always at the top of all the lists and with good reason.  It is the first beach many tourists see when welcomed by friends or family as it is used to “wash the mainland off” and help  you slip into the island’s low key vibe.  There is a comfort station to change into your suit and showers to rinse off the sand and salt when you are ready to head to your island home away from home.

It has two completely contained beaches that are perfect for kids to play as it has two rock walls that completely protect from the waves.  There is the very shallow, sandy bottomed baby pond side which is great for the toddler set and the bigger family side where kama’aina and tourists all bring their families to cool off in the water.  You can see the big waves outside the rock wall and sometimes they even come over making it fun for the older kids to try and stand on the underwater rocks and keep their balance. The second larger pond is great for all the family as it has some wave action for the littles to practice or learn to boogie board but calm enough to learn to swim.

Snorkeling here is actually really good, especially for first timers wanting to get  used to their gear and still be able to see lots of different fish;  you can even see the big blue school of yellowfin surgeonfish from above the water. Snorkeling is best near the rock edges so watch for many fish that are snuggled down into cracks and crevices. The fish are plentiful and always changing since they come and go through the openings in the rock wall.

There is a pavilion,  a large playing field and a really fun playground area across from the beach making this a wonderful place to hang out for the day!  Pick up lunch at any of the restaurants or food trucks that run along Kuhio Highway in old Kapa’a Town, bring lots of sunscreen (nothing ruins a trip to Kauai like a nasty sunburn), find your spot on the beach and let the sounds and surf bring your tropical dreams to life with the spirit of Aloha.