Kauai’s South Shore town, Poipu, at first glance is an idyllic locale. A visit and further exploration reveal a sunny part of Kauai with enough things to do and see to last a month. Adventure, golf, water sports, nature, heritage, spa indulgence and incredible dining are a part of the scene. Narrowing it down will be the welcome challenge.
Every good day on the islands starts with an indulgent, comfort food breakfast. Kalaheo Café and Coffee Company is the place with a casual and friendly atmosphere and just about any kind of breakfast imaginable. The upcountry breakfast (hearty and a lot of everything—eggs with rice, bacon, ham, smoked turkey or sausage and toast. The list continues with waffles, omelets, anahola granola and plentiful fruit and coffee. After a substantial breakfast or brunch, head to Mahaulepu Beach, a significant part of the Mahaulepu Trail, a heritage trail you can explore in a myriad of ways, by car, on foot, or on a bike. The remote beach is as rich with character as activity, including fishing, snorkeling, swimming and windsurfing.
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If you want to see and learn more about native plants, the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, McBryde Garden and Allerton Garden, in the Lawai Valley offer the island’s green beauty. Seeing the endangered species and native plants in a picturesque setting make it clear why Kauai is the Garden Isle. If you’ve got some extra time, check out Kauai Coffee Company afterwards, a good excuse for a caffeine break. Take a tour, taste some coffee and check out the shop.
Lunchtime at Kalapaki Joe’s is a feast for any preference, from lobster enchiladas to New York pupu steak to a classic hamburger. Plentiful fresh fish and diverse menu choices in a casual local spot make it a great pick but don’t expect a view or outdoor seating. For all that, head to Brennecke’s Beach Broiler. Both have a full bar so enjoy some cocktails while on vacation.
Old Koloa Town is a lovely part of the South Shore, with some art and gift stores to explore after lunch. Take a moment for the shave ice or wait till your next stop, Poipu Shopping Village for the Poipu Fine Arts center. Taste gourmet dessert at Papalani Gelato and then check out the fine art. Acclaimed artist, Wyland, known for his ocean art and Whaling Walls, has work featured here, among other fine artists.
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End the day right, with a dress-up dinner at Roy’s, with ever-innovative cuisine. Taste everything and forget counting calories this meal.