Kapaa, the most heavily
populated town on Kauai, lies on the east coast, north of Lihue.
The east coast of Kauai is excellent for strolling and
beachcombing along the sandy beaches between the town of Kapaa and
Wailua. However, the sea along this coastline has unpredictable
currents and dangerous winter surf.
There's usually good surf
at Kealia Beach north of Kapaa Town. Kapaa Town has a long stretch
of beach, although it is very narrow in places. Two spots noted
for safe swimming are at Lydgate Park south of Kapaa Town and
Kalapaki near Lihue in the south east corner of Kauai.
The best of these for
families and tentative swimmers is Lydgate State Beach Park at
Waimea. Here, two lava pools have been created to make safe
swimming and snorkeling even when the surf is high. There's also
an excellent kids playground behind the beach and a historical
park with ancient Hawaiian landmarks and petroglyphs.
Near to Kapaa is Nonou,
the "Sleeping Giant", a mountain ridge which resembles
the face of such a sleeping monster. Legend has it that the giant
overate at a Luau banquet and fell into eternal sleep.
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