It is a combination of things that make Hawaii a perennial vacation favorite for people from all areas of the world. Whether it’s the world-class cuisine, the hours of explorable tropical jungle terrain, or the chance to peer into a volcano, there’s an island memory waiting to be made for everyone. Yet, despite all of the other enticing attractions offered, one aspect of Hawaii – Oahu’s beaches, in particular – remains unrivaled on a global scale and is, without question, worthy of all of the accolades received on a yearly basis.
Some may be indiscriminate when it comes to enjoying the golden sands and refreshing waves of the sharpest blue, choosing to plant themselves on a cabana as soon as their feet feel the warmth. Others, however, enjoy the adventure of finding the hidden beaches, often safe from the wanderings of tourists. Regardless of your preferences, staying in one of the many centralized Oahu hotels will give you easy access to both the accessibility and beauty of Waikiki and the transcendent splendor of Kailua and other beaches along each of Oahu’s shores.
Here are a few of my favorite beaches outside of Honolulu that are sure to both steal your breath away and contend as the image you’ll want to use for your desktop background.
Just a short car ride away from dozens of modern and luxurious Hawaii hotels lays one of the world’s most cherished and celebrated stretches of shoreline: Kailua Beach. Beckoning locals and tourists alike along the island’s windward coast, the beach is famous for its delicate waves, windsurfing potential, and perfect swimming conditions. Pack a picnic, and head east! The drive is easy and quick, and will yield an afternoon you’ll never forget!
Pokai Bay Beach
Continuing up from Waikiki along Oahu’s western shoreline, you’ll find Pokai Bay Beach Park. Given its location, this small slice of paradise doesn’t experience any of the rough surf that arrives in fall and winter time, making it the ideal place for a relaxing dip when the surf is up! Complete with lifeguards and barbecues, Pokai Bay Beach can provide an afternoon of grilling, snorkeling, and fun under the sweet Hawaii sunshine.
Mokuleia Beach Park
Sitting along the famous North Shore of the island is Mokuleia Beach Park. This area is a favorite amongst locals for its long stretches of undisturbed white sand and relative anonymity from the large crowds. If you fancy an afternoon of fishing, surfing, or swimming, perhaps without another group for miles, Mokuleia Beach is the place for you!
While there are many differences and benefits to each beach on Oahu, you’ll find the atmosphere to be relaxing and enjoyable wherever you wind up. Should you like to take a stroll in your sandals from your hotel to the beach, or strap on your hiking boots for a foray into the wilderness in search of untouched sands on the other side, you’ll be able to feast your eyes upon the mighty Pacific in a state of unmitigated serenity.