Friday, July 29, 2011

Baby Beach in Poipu is a great beach for the little ones

Baby Beach is a small, secluded and generally protected beach that is great for families traveling with infants and toddlers. The water is fairly shallow and usually calm due to the rocks that naturally absorb the energy from the breaking surf just outside on the reef. There are also opportunities for snorkeling and on a low tide, there are a number of curious creatures to entertain the little ones.

There are no facilities here, so make sure to bring your own lunch and pack your trash. Several private homes and vacation rentals front the beach, so please be courteous and stay off their lawns. The beauty of this beach is that it is usually less crowded than nearby Poipu and the calm waters are perfect for babies, thus the name Baby Beach. A single beach heliotrope tree can provide shade if you are lucky enough to claim that spot.

The water always seems to be crystal clear here. In fact, you may be able to see a number of different species of fish just standing on the beach. The water is kind of rocky, so tobbies or reef walkers are recommended not just for comfort, but also to aid in viewing the tide pool creatures. For example, you may be able to find sea cucumbers, sea hares, hermit crabs, spaghetti worms, collector urchins and cowries here, just to name a few.

Finding the beach is a little tricky. When you go through the round-a-bout in Poipu, choose the spoke heading towards Spouting Horn. Make your first left on Ho’ona Road. If you miss the turn, make your second left on Ho’ona Road; it is a short loop. To find the beach access, park near the rock wall on the makai side (ocean side) of the street and look for the stairs just east of the wall.

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