Look closely along Kauai’s shorelines, and you might notice a few hidden beaches tucked within the scenery. They’re quite small – probably no wider than 50 feet – but have enough sand and ocean to qualify as a “pocket beach.”
A pocket beach is a small beach between two adjacent headlands. If you’re a kid, then you’d love swimming in the shallow-water pool that’s usually protected by a barrier of rocks. At low tide, however, there may be less water in the tide pool. This is opposite of what happens at high tide, when the water often breaches upon the shoreline and leaves only a strip of sand to sit on.
We brought our dog to one of the pocket beaches in Poipu, and he was an instant hit with the kids. There were a few families posted up on the beach, under a tree. In the far corner, a man sat with his paintbrush and easel – casually glancing up from his painting to reaffirm the beautiful ocean scenery he was attempting to replicate in his piece. And although the beach is right next to the road, it’s still quiet enough to sit back and relax in paradise.
There are pocket beaches all over the islands and all over the world for that matter. Our blogger Cindy Scheopner wrote about one near the Marine Corp Base in Kailua, a strip of unmarked sand found nowhere on the maps. Such beaches behind houses or hotels are still opened to the public, but it’s not guaranteed there will be amenities. I guess that’s what helps to control the population at smaller beaches – making them the perfect option if you’re in search of some privacy.