Maui Beaches -- Kaanapali Beach

Maui Beaches - Kaanapali Beach

Possibly the most popular of all Maui beaches is Ka'anapali Beach...and rightly so. It was named "America's Best Beach" in 2003 by Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach. In case you are wondering why it hasn't won the honor again, once a beach wins the title, it cannot win it again.

As you probably guessed by its name, it fronts the Ka'anapali resort area. There is a pathway all the way along the three mile beach that gives you access to all resorts, shops, and restaurants.

Ka'anapali Beach does not have amenities of its own. Instead, you are allowed to use the facilities (showers, restrooms, picnic areas, and restaurants) of the properties that dot the shoreline. If you are not staying at one of the properties, parking can be a pain here.

Ka'anapali Beach is actually made up of other smaller Maui beaches. It starts with:

  • Canoe Beach
  • to the south. This is my favorite area of Ka'anapali Beach...some people don't even consider this a part of Ka'anapali Beach because it doesn't sit in front of a resort. I like it because there are far less crowds and parking is much easier to find.

  • Dig Me Beach
  • is in the middle (pictured below).

  • Black Rock
  • is at the north end of Ka'anapali Beach (pictured below).

    This spot has really good snorkeling.

The whole area is generally excellent for swimming and snorkeling although it can get a little rough in the winter.

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