This is one of the rare beach parks in Hawaii where the facilities almost outshine the beach. In front of the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, Lydgate Beach ★ offers two rock-walled ponds for safe swimming and snorkeling. But many families also gravitate to the 58-acre, half-mile-long park for the immense Kamalani Playground, a sprawling wooden fantasy fortress decorated with ocean-themed ceramics. Stroller pushers, joggers, and cyclists also pick up the 2.5-mile southern leg of the Ke Ala Hele Makalae coastal path here; Lydgate’s northern end is next to Hikinaakala Heiau, part of Wailua River State Park (below). Facilities include picnic tables, restrooms, showers, pavilions, and campgrounds.
Leho Dr at Nalu Rd, Wailua, HI
Our Rating Neighborhood East Side Hours Daily during daylight hours Prices Free admission