After much research and deliberation you’ve finally decided to visit Kauai for your next Hawaii vacation. As we explain in our Guide to the Hawaiian Islands, choosing an island is the easy part since they’re all nice. Now comes the hard part, deciding where to stay! This is an especially hard decision on Kauai. First, you have Waimea canyon and all its hiking trails on the west side of the island. The canyon is a must see even if you don’t hike. Then there’s the south side with its favorable weather, beaches, and tourist activities. You already know about the north shore’s amazing scenery and beaches. And since you’ve done your homework, you know how big surf affects the south shores in the summer and the north shores in the winter. But you need small surf for snorkeling and big surf for surfing and boogie boarding. So where to stay? How about Kauai’s east coast!
The east coast is considered “central” because it’s about the same distance to the north and south shore’s attractions. Remember the highway doesn’t circumnavigate the island – it ends at the Napali coast. In addition to great weather, the east coast has a picturesque coastline with great walking beaches. Lydgate beach park is one of the safest places to learn how to snorkel. Although Lihue is the capital of Kauai, Wailua and Kapaa (right next to each other) are the tourist epicenter of the east coast with a wide variety of tourist shops and restaurants.
Recently remodeled with granite counter tops, custom art work, ceramic tiles, and new furnishings, it’s the perfect east shore home to start and end a busy day exploring the wonders of Kauai. Also be sure to look at all the great Kauai hiking information posted on the Condos in Kauai web site.