Posted by: kauaikolea2 | June 28, 2011

A Day at the Beach — Checklist of Essentials to Bring

Salt Pond on Westside of Kaua'i

Salt Pond on Westside of Kaua’i

Ahh… nothing like a day at the beach, especially a day at a beach on Kaua’i! But before you rush out the door and head for the sand and surf, make sure that you have what you need for a fun and safe day.

Sure, you are on vacation and don’t want to even think about rules and regulations et al, but beach safety is another issue.  Nature rules here on the Garden Isle and you want to obey Her rules.  First of all, consider that Kaua’i is in the middle of the largest ocean and that the waves have a lot of time and distance to build. Mainlanders are often surprised at the strength and height of waves in Hawaii (uh, that is why Hawaii has major surfing contests and Atlantic City does not).  Never turn your back on the ocean and never swim alone or beyond your capacity (which you should underestimate). Also, Kaua’i is close to the equator and so receives more direct sun than any place on the mainland. You must wear sunblock or risk sunburn that will certainly put a damper on your vacation. Tropical sun also means dehydration, so always carry bottled water with you.

Alas, Paradise is not immune to crime.  Do not leave any valuables in your car for even a few minutes (and putting them into the trunk is not insurance against theft, especially if you do this while potential thieves are watching you). Do not leave anything of value on the beach. If you want to swim and snorkel as a couple or family, leave all valuables in your hotel room and put your wallet, car keys, sunglasses, et al in a dry bag that can go into the water with you.

Some helpful hints: You will be wearing sunglasses, of course, everywhere on island; polarized sunglasses will let the true vivid colors of the Garden Isle shine. Pick up some inexpensive reef shoes at Wal-Mart or Kmart. These rubber shoes will allow you to walk on all manners of sandy and rocky beaches more easily. You can discard before heading home. Another inexpensive item at these stores is a bamboo mat is sit on. A pareo or sarong can double as a beach blanket, swim cover up, dress, or skirt. Bandanas are excellent to hold back long hair, wash little faces after a shave ice, or save shells or stones.

Come, stay with us!  You can view all our amazing Kauai vacation rentals on our website:

Islander on the Beach

Unit 111: Partial Ocean View – Ground floor – 2 Full Beds

Unit 170: Partial Ocean View – Ground floor – 2 Full Beds

Unit 222: Almost Ocean Front – Second Floor – Queen Bed

Unit 250: Ocean Front – Second Floor – King Bed

Unit 361: Ocean View – Third Floor – King Bed

Kauai Beach Resort

Unit 1317: Lagoon/Partial Ocean View – Third Floor – King Bed

Kapaa Sands

Unit 7: Ocean Front Coastal Views – Second Floor – Queen Bed

Unit 9: Ocean Front Coastal Views – Second Floor – Queen Bed



Here is a checklist of useful items to take to one of our lovely beaches:

Swim suit
Pareo, beach cover up, tee shirt
Hat,  bandana
Sandals,  flip flops, reef shoes
Beach Stuff
Blanket,  pareo, or bamboo mats
Beach towels
Books, magazines
Cell phone
Other Items
Lip balm with SPF protection
Polarized sunglasses
Plastic bags for wet items and found treasures
Bottled water (lots!)
Wet wipes

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