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Kauai’s South Shore is home to some of the country’s best beaches—for swimming, diving and all sorts of water sports. If sunbathing on a gorgeous beach isn’t relaxing enough, try a spa (where many treatments incorporate local ingredients). And if you’re in Poipu for a romantic escape, splurge on an oceanview room—the sunsets are spectacular.

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Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail
Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail
Attraction type: Trails
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Makawehi Lithified Cliffs
Makawehi Lithified Cliffs
Attraction type: Beaches; Geologic Formations
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Poipu Beach Park
Poipu Beach Park
Attraction type: Beaches; Parks
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Allerton Garden
Allerton Garden
Owner description: NTBG’s Allerton Garden Garden is located on the south shore of Kauai in the picturesque Lawai Valley. Tours run daily and include a ride from the Visitors Center in Poipu along a... more Owner description: NTBG’s Allerton Garden Garden is located on the south shore of Kauai in the picturesque Lawai Valley. Tours run daily and include a ride from the Visitors Center in Poipu along a scenic coastal route and continue along the valley rim on a former sugarcane train railbed. Visitors disembark on the valley floor to explore this former private estate, named by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of the 50 places to see in a lifetime. Plants form the walls of outdoor rooms, the canopy of trees the ceiling. Housed within are elegant statuary and water features. A popular spot for photos is the ‘Jurassic trees’, with their massive curving roots.National Tropical Botanical Garden is a nonprofit institution, dedicated to saving and studying tropical plants. less
Attraction type: Gardens
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National Tropical Botanical Garden
National Tropical Botanical Garden
Owner description: NTBG’s McBryde Garden and Allerton Garden are located on the south shore of Kauai in the picturesque Lawai Valley. Individual tours of each garden run daily and include a ride... more Owner description: NTBG’s McBryde Garden and Allerton Garden are located on the south shore of Kauai in the picturesque Lawai Valley. Individual tours of each garden run daily and include a ride from the Visitors Center in Poipu along a scenic coastal route and continue along the valley rim on a former sugarcane train railbed. Visitors disembark on the valley floor to explore these outstanding gardens. McBryde, NTBG’s flagship garden, is home to the world’s largest collection of native Hawaiian flora, many endangered or having gone extinct in the wild. It is a “botanical ark”, filled with palms, flowering trees, ornamental flowers, and unusual plants from the tropical world. Allerton is a former private estate, named by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of the 50 places to see in a lifetime. Plants form the walls of outdoor rooms, the canopy of trees the ceiling. Housed within are elegant statuary and water features. A popular spot for photos is the ‘Jurassic trees’, with their massive curving roots.National Tropical Botanical Garden is a nonprofit institution, dedicated to saving and studying tropical plants. less
Attraction type: Gardens
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Papalani Gelato
Papalani Gelato
Ranked #1 of 29 restaurants in Poipu
Price:
Cuisines: Dessert, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Ice Cream
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dessert
Red Salt
Red Salt
Ranked #2 of 29 restaurants in Poipu
Price: $25 - $75
Cuisines: Asian, Seafood, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Da Crack
Da Crack
Ranked #3 of 29 restaurants in Poipu
Cuisines: Mexican
Tidepools
Tidepools
Ranked #4 of 29 restaurants in Poipu
Price: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Hawaiian, Contemporary
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Koloa Mill Ice Cream & Coffee
Koloa Mill Ice Cream & Coffee
Ranked #5 of 29 restaurants in Poipu
Price: $1 - $12
Cuisines: Bakery, Coffee Shop, Dessert, Ice Cream

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Poipu Plantation Resort
Poipu Plantation Resort
$124 - $220
Ranked #2 of 2 Poipu B&B and Inns
Kauai Cove Cottages
Kauai Cove Cottages
$95
Turtle Cove Suites
Turtle Cove Suites
$130 - $250

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Poipu Bay B&B
Poipu Bay B&B
$199 - $339
Ranked #1 of 2 Poipu B&B and Inns
Kuhio Shores Condos
Kuhio Shores Condos
$175 - $280
Hideaway Cove Poipu Beach
Hideaway Cove Poipu Beach
$210 - $494
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
4.5 of 5
Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
$399 - $609
Ranked #1 of 6 hotels in Poipu
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Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
4.5 of 5
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
$379 - $640
Ranked #2 of 6 hotels in Poipu
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Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach Wyndham Grand Resort
4.0 of 5
Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach Wyndham Grand Resort
$332 - $638
Ranked #3 of 6 hotels in Poipu
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