Kailua Beach Park
Kailua Beach Park
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Located on the southeast end of Kailua Beach, this pristine shoreline on Oahu's Windward side is popular for water sports and scenic strolls.
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  • Don K
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Beach!
    One of the best beaches that I have ever been to. If you are looking to get away from Waikiki crowd, go here. Very nice sandy beach, not crowded, crystal clear water. Kailua town itself is very interesting.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • markbkeller
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Favorite Beach in the World
    This beach was so nice we went twice. We are seniors so this was perfect. Totally beautiful, ample parking, bathroom, clear calm water, some trees, perfect sand which does not stick, calm breeze.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Emma W
    Auckland, New Zealand728 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice beach but poor facilities
    We chose Kailua Beach over Lanikai Beach, as we heard it can be impossible to get parking there. It was a bit difficult getting to Kailua with lots of roadworks in the area. Got a park straight away at Kailua, although it was a weekday afternoon. Lovely big beach and partner even thought he saw a turtle swimming. The beach facilities could use some upgrades. We changed as quickly as possible as the changing rooms looked really dirty and smelt disgusting. The beach shower was surrounded by sand so it was difficult to wash your feet. Some workmen were moving sand from a footpath, which seemed like a waste of time as it just blew straight back. Would have been better to clean around the beach shower.
    Visited November 2023
    Written February 4, 2024
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Amitava Michael K
Lake Stevens, WA578 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
The beach was beautiful, the water was warm and wonderful, and even with a bit of a rain squall approaching from Coco head, the scenery was absolutely gorgeous!

There was enough space on the beach, and ample access points, to make this easy to bring out a sit on top kayak, although parking did leave a little bit to be desired, the only really bad thing about this particular location where the washrooms, which were in pretty bad condition, but that’s probably more of a testimony to the people using the beach than anything else.

Washing stations with freshwater were adequate and ample, and reasonably well-maintained. The beach was clean and there wasn’t any garbage visible, so that was an added benefit. It was also nice to watch the kite surfers in the odd helicopter passing overhead.
Written August 14, 2021
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SolarSoar
Half Moon Bay, CA126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
This is my favorite beach, so it can get quite crowded. I've tried going there at sunrise and there were already people there. The sand is quite clean. Waters are calm so you can stand-up paddle board with ease. For parking you need to hit the round-about in front of Kalapawai Market, go down Kailua Road. Don't necessarily take the first spot you see, sometimes there are more spots empty further down.
Written November 19, 2020
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MNO
United States104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This is the type of beach that comes to mind when you imagine Hawaii. White sand, blue water, and, if you're willing to paddle, great snorkeling. Arrive early to guarantee parking; we got there around 9:15 and it was filling up. The beach gets crowded near the entrance but it thins out if you walk down a little bit. However, there are few trees further down so bring an umbrella or be ready to sit in the sun if you want to set up in a secluded spot. The water was great for swimming when we went, with calm waves and a great temperature. I would definitely recommend renting a kayak or doing a tour if you want to snorkel because the best areas are a little bit off shore. Overall, this is a great beach that does get a little crowded, albeit not nearly as badly as Waikiki.
Written June 30, 2021
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maitaimike2015
Laguna Hills, CA253 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
This very popular beach on the windward side, has two parking areas. The north side of the bridge, is the main section. The south side (across from Buzz’s steakhouse), has restroom and shower facilities as well. Not crowded on a very windy, cold, and drizzly day. There were a lot of windsurfers taking advantage of the favorable conditions, and providing us with many excellent video and photo opps. With the small Popoia Island in the background, they flew high with dazzling acrobatics. The beach extends north for some distance and would have walked up to explore more, but it was later in the day, and the wind was getting worse.

Mahalo
Written March 26, 2022
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Zoom_Gotti
Henderson, NV1,488 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Really nice stretch of beach along Oahu's east side. But this is not a quiet, secluded spot. There're actually three parking lots that pretty much stay on full during peak day times. But locals and visitors alike enjoy it here because of the many recreational opportunities. Swim, surf, kayak, boogie, etc. Restroom facilities, picnic shelters, a small market and a steak house are nearby. If you do kayak, note the Mokulua Islands out at sea about 2 miles. They currently serve as bird sanctuaries and a paddle out is well worth it. Otherwise, if you're on foot, follow the beach south to the boat ramp parking and continue walking on Mokulua Drive a bit. At your first sight of beach through the private residences, take the alley and make your way to Lanakai Beach. No facilities here and no parking, but a truly spectacular spot. If there's road construction going on, access to the beachfront might be a little difficult. So follow the locals along Kalaheo and Lihiwai Roads into Mokulua. If you don't have your own vehicle, the efficient island bus system will get you here though you'll need to walk a bit. Take Kamahele street through to the beach or opt on the way for the Pillbox trail.
Written April 29, 2023
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Y K
Toronto, Canada413 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
We took the bus but noted many areas available for parking (beware of construction though and go early).

We only spent a small amount of time here as we spent the majority of the day at Lanikai beach (10 min further walk). Kailua is more family friendly and has facilities. It has more shade as well and generally not as busy.

Water is calm and sand is very soft. It's a long beach so lots of areas to spread out.

For us, we preferred Lanikai. The water and views were unbeatable. Check both out while you're in the area, both beautiful and worth a visit.
Written February 4, 2023
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hjacoby2424
Syracuse, NY13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Large sandy beach, great for swimming. Showers and bathrooms available. Plenty of parking. Lots of wind surfers to watch. We spent 2 happy half-days here. There were occasional passing rain showers, but the rain never lasted
Written August 6, 2022
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VadersGirlAK23
Anchorage, AK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
Visited with my mom and my sister during our week long stay in Hawaii. Definitely one of my favorite beaches! Pretty, firm golden white sand, water temp was perfect and no big surf while we were there. Was a little breezy, enough for a large group of kite surfers to be out which was fun to watch. Lots of kids and families. Showers and restrooms available. Pack a lunch as no restaurants or food in general are nearby. Also beach was clean as there was ample trash receptacles. Come early as parking gets tight quickly. Also they are doing construction on the main road leading towards the beach so things get backed up quickly. A little planning ahead will make your trip worthwhile. Would love to come back to this beach again!!
Written July 18, 2021
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Melanie T
New York City, NY6,366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
Prior to this, I've only been to Kailua Beach once and it was after a strenuous kayak ride to the Mokulua islands. That time, we only stayed there for a short while because we had to bring the kayaks back.

This time around, I got to enjoy more tine there. Whenever I visit my sister (who lives on Oahu), she always takes us to Lanikai beach, as her preferred beach of choice. But since Covid, she has said that all the street parking in that area is no more and that's when she started going to Kailua beach. The sand is equally as soft, and waves are just as gentle. It's great for swimming since there are no rocks/coral.

There is a free parking lot but you need to get there before 8. We went on a Sunday just after 8 and the lot was already pretty much full. While I do love Lanikai for the views, Kailua is much more convenient because of the lot. Plus they have bathroom facilities.

Shout out to my sister for introducing me to this great find!
Written July 12, 2021
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StacyInDC2012
Alexandria, VA869 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
After a packed day of activity we finally made it out to this beach close to sunset. Even though it's on the east side of the island it still provided spectacular views as the sky changed colors and the bevy of kite surfers out in the water.

The water was warm and the views spectacular. At that time of day there was ample parking in the lot and bathrooms and showers to clean our feet were much appreciated!

Definitely would return to spend a day on this beach!
Written September 12, 2021
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