SPY paid a visit to the North Shore to do a photo shoot with Kauai native and surf industry bombshell Alana Blanchard.
Alana’s SPY shades of choice? The glamorous and fearless Fiona of course!
If you’re looking for some peace, quiet, and great beaches in the Hawaiian Islands, head for Kauai. It’s a more popular destination than it used to be, but you can still find a stretch of beach to have almost all to yourself. The best? Poipu, of course!
Located on the southern shore of Kauai, Poipu was named America’s Best Beach in 2004 by the Travel Channel. Besides the breathtaking sight of the golden sand crescents that form the beach, there are recreation opportunities on and near the beach and in Poipu Beach Park. Looking for snorkeling and swimming spots? There’s a hot spot on Poipu that’s protected from the surf, and a natural wading pool.
Speaking of surf, there are awesome breaks offshore. Heads up: the surf off Poipu is for rippers, so if you’re less experienced, head for calmer waters off some other beaches, like Hanalei Bay. Guys, this is the place to sport your favorite board shorts like these by Patagonia.
If hanging out on the beach and soaking up sun is your favorite kind of day, there are six beaches within Poipu Beach Park. First place is clearly Poipu itself, but if it’s crowded, try Mahaulepu, east of Poipu; popular with locals, it’s a great place for swimming, snorkeling, and wind surfing. Got small children? Check out Baby Beach, a precious little cove with calm water. Take Spouting Horn Road to Hoona Road to get there, and stay between #5142 and #5152.
While you’re sun worshiping on Poipu, don’t forget your sunscreen, and remember to reapply often. Stun the rest of the layabouts in these Tommy Bahama swim trunks for guys, or a sexy little Tommy Bahama twist bandau top along with this Leaf Bazaar skirted hipster. To keep the heat off your feet, find your spot wearing Teva sandals for men, or for girls, the most comfortable flip-flops you’ll ever find. Protect your eyes from the sun with Oakleys for men and these hot little Tifossi Optics for ladies.
Kick back, kick off your sandals, and enjoy this week’s best beach ever!
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