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Best Beaches In Maui, Hawaii

Maui has some of the most accessible and beautiful beaches out of all of the Hawaiian Islands. It's no wonder why the locals are on "island time." It's easy to let your worries slip away just as fast as the tide washes away your footprints from the sand. Take a look for yourself...

Mai Poina Beach Park

This beach is located in North Kihei. Parking is easy to find and you can walk for what seems like miles before you come across anyone. The sunsets are beautiful. You'll get the scenic view that you thought only existed on postcards. Don't miss out on this one.

maui hawaii kihei beach
maui hawaii kihei beach
maui hawaii kihei beach

Waianapanapa State Park

This beach alone would make the Road to Hana well-worth your time. After all, it's rated one of the top beaches in America. This beach is located near mile marker 32 off of Hana Highway. The black sand provides a sharp contrast against the luscious greenery and aquamarine waters. Be careful, though. The tide can rise fairly quickly. So, it's not one where you want to lounge around and sunbathe.

Waianapanapa State Park - Black Sand Beach

Waianapanapa State Park - Black Sand Beach

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maui hawaii waianapanapa state park black sand beach

Makena State Park

If you're looking for a good place to lounge around and catch some rays, this is your spot. Makena State Park is located south of Wailea and entry is free. The park consists of Big Beach and Little Beach. If you are with little ones, stay on Big Beach. Little Beach is just north of Big Beach. It is one of the few Hawaiian beaches where local police tolerate nudity.

Makena Beach

Makena Beach

Makena Beach- If you take the short hike up this lava outcropping, you'll stumble upon Little Beach.

Makena Beach- If you take the short hike up this lava outcropping, you'll stumble upon Little Beach.

Makena Beach

Makena Beach

Makena Beach- Little Beach (left) and Big Beach (right)

Makena Beach- Little Beach (left) and Big Beach (right)

Secret Cove Beach

This little beach is easy to miss if you don't know what you're looking for. It's located in a residential area that's just a short distance from Makena State Park. There's parallel parking on the street and a small blue beach access sign marking it's entrance.

The small walkway to Secret Cove Beach

The small walkway to Secret Cove Beach

Secret Cove Beach

Secret Cove Beach

Secret Cove Beach

Secret Cove Beach

Kaanapali Beach

This beach was once named America's Best Beach. It's a bit harder to get to since it's surrounded by several large hotels and condominiums.  However, we were able to find free "beach access" parking that was located in between the hotels.  Make sure to bring your water shoes (and/or a first aid kit) as the reef is deceptively close to the shore.

Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali Beach

They say a day at the beach can restore the soul. Would you agree? Grab your favorite book, picnic, or person and see for yourself. Lose track of time. You're probably not missing out on anything important, just ask the locals.

They say a day at the beach can restore the soul. Would you agree? Grab your favorite book, picnic, or person and see for yourself. Lose track of time. You're probably not missing out on anything important, just ask the locals.

Eating around LA

I used to live in Orange County so I would go to LA pretty often.  With the great weather and beautiful beaches, it's always great to make a quick weekend trip there to relax.

Whenever I visit LA now, it's all about food.  I'm always so torn between going back to my favorite places or trying new places.  I could easily fill up a trip by just going back to all of my favorites.  This time, I'm glad I got to try a handful of new ones.

Omusubis

Omusubis

Office Burger

Office Burger

Smoked Eel

Smoked Eel

Sea Urchin Cream Udon and Beef Tataki

Sea Urchin Cream Udon and Beef Tataki

Galbi Poutine

Galbi Poutine

da KFC

da KFC

One of the best meals I've had was at Bestia.  A fantastic Italian restaurant that is in an old industrial building.  We ordered as much as we could and stuffed our faces.  If you ever find yourself in the LA area, I would highly recommend making a stop here.

C hicken Liver Crostino

Chicken Liver Crostino

Slow Roasted Lamb Neck

Slow Roasted Lamb Neck

Pan-Roasted Chicken Gizzards

Pan-Roasted Chicken Gizzards

Roasted Marrow Bone

Roasted Marrow Bone

Mussels and Clams

Mussels and Clams

Spaghetti Rustichella

Spaghetti Rustichella

Strozzapreti al Nero di Seppia

Strozzapreti al Nero di Seppia

Tagliatelle alla Zafferano

Tagliatelle alla Zafferano

Agnolotti alla Vaccinara

Agnolotti alla Vaccinara