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When you need a restful day by the seashore, Kauapea Beach, better known as Secret Beach, on Kaua’i fits the bill.

As access to the beach is not easy, it is relatively unpopulated compared to other local beaches. Between Kilauea and Princeville, this beach is reached from the dead-end of a dirt road with a very small parking lot. The trail down the cliff to the beach can be slippery after rain. And when does it not rain in Kaua’i? Hikers are rewarded with a long stretch of beautiful soft sand punctuated by a few outcroppings of black lava rock. Kilauea lighthouse can be seen in the distance on the right (east) and the condos of Princeville, on the left (west).

Secret Beach also known as Kauapea Beach

Secret Beach also known as Kauapea Beach

Grand vacation homes line the cliff edge along the beach. Thankfully, most of these are hidden behind the luxuriant screen of trees and shrubs growing on the steep hillside.

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Ke’e is a spectacular beach on Kauai. A lagoon of coral reef protects the beach but powerful winter storms can create huge surf and dangerous currents. In good weather conditions, this is an ideal spot for snorkeling. Visitors can expect to see lots of colorful fish and green sea turtles, now a protected species.

Afternoon winter sunshine at Ke'e Beach on Kaua'i

Afternoon winter sunshine at Ke'e Beach on Kaua'i

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