Kauai Restaurants & Shops – an Easy Walk Away

You don’t need to stay at a mega resort to have fine dining with an ocean view, shopping, galleries, and other amenities right at your fingertips. The Shops at Kukui’ula Village, Kauai’s newest plaza, is an easy walk from the Kauai Beach Inn and offers our guests a wide variety of restaurants and shopping.

Discover a Breathtaking Array of Kauai Restaurants and Shops at Kukui’ula Village (click video above to watch)

You’ll be amazed at the number of outstanding restaurants, shops, galleries, and more that can be found within a five-minute walk from your room at the Kauai Beach Inn. We are always happy to assist our guests in making reservations at any Kauai restaurants, as well as any other Kauai venue or activity that accept reservations.

Sangria Cart at Josselin's Tapas Bar & Grill, Award-Winning Kauai Restaurant Owner & Chef, Jean-Marie Josselin's latest venture - Photo by Ray Gordon

Merriman’s Fish House, Josselin Tapas Bar & Grill, Tortilla Republic Margarita Bar, Dolphin Sushi & Fish Market, Living Foods Market & Café, Lappert’s Ice Cream & Coffee, Merriman’s Downstairs Café, and Bubba Burgers are just some of the many restaurants, bars, and markets to which you’ll have easy access when staying at the Kauai Beach Inn. Many of our guests tell us how much they appreciate being able to walk to a different restaurant each night for dinner, and there are no shortage of lunch options nearby. Of course, we’ll take care of breakfast, which is included every morning during your stay!

For more information and a complete lists of Kauai restaurants and shops found at Kukui’ula Village, please visit kukuiula.com/community/the-shops-at-kukuiula/the-restaurants-cafes/

Kauai restaurants have a reputation for featuring fresh, local ingredients. Some of Kauai’s finest restaurants, shops, and markets can be found right here at the shops of Kukui’ula Village. (Click video above to watch)

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Why Kauai? Waimea Canyon & the NaPali Coast Just for Starters

Waimea Canyon Ridge - Photo by Ray Gordon

Did you know that in a recent Travel + Leisure Magazine reader survey, Kauai was named the second best island in the world? (The only island ahead of Kauai was Galápagos, and you can’t really live or stay there – in fact, it “can be visited only via boat in the company of a national park guide,” according to Travel + Leisure Magazine.)

There are many reasons for the Garden Island’s popularity, not the least of which are Waimea Canyon and the NaPali Coast.

Waimea Canyon: Often called “the Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Kauai’s Waimea Canyon is 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and over 3,500 feet deep. Unlike many of Kauai’s stunning landscapes, Waimea Canyon is very easy to access—in fact, it’s one of very few such places on Kauai that can be seen via a paved road. Of course, there are many miles of hiking trails available for those who wish to experience the canyon on a more personal basis.

NaPali Coast Kauai Panorama

Kauai's NaPali Coast as seen from the ocean

NaPali Coast: Not quite so easy to view as Waimea Canyon, but equally spectacular, is Kauai’s NaPali Coast. There are many ways to experience the NaPali Coast, but none involve an automobile, since the highway basically begins and ends here. For the truly adventurous (and experienced), a 16 mile kayak trip can be accomplished in anywhere from 1 to 3 days. However, in addition to incredible stamina, this requires some planning.

Mostly inaccessible by water during the winter months, timing is everything. As one tour operator likes to describe their 1-day kayak tour, “this will either be the best day or the worst day of your entire vacation.” We’ve had guests tell us that they were in tears for the entire landing at Polihale beach. All that said, Fodors.com points out that “In its second year and second issue, National Geographic Adventure ranked kayaking Napali Coast second on its list of America’s Best 100 Adventures, right behind rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.”

If you plan to undertake a 2 or 3 day trip, camping permits will be required, and these often must be reserved up to 6 months ahead of time. So if you do plan to kayak the NaPali Coast, it’s best to know what you’re getting yourself into, and start planning well in advance.

Of course there are other ways to see the NaPali Coast that don’t require anywhere near the planning or athleticism that kayaking do. Helicopter tours offer one of the best ways to see all of Kauai, including places that are all but inaccessible any other way. Hiking the famous 11-mile Kalalau Trail is an up-close and personal way to get to know this breathtaking landscape, but this too requires camping and the associated permits. Finally, many boat tours are offered, usually lasting around 4 hours, weather permitting.

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Maha’ulepu and Kauai’s Other Beaches

Maha’ulepu is just one of many beaches visitors to Kauai have to choose from. Each is unique and has its own special qualities. Some are remote and secluded while others are ideal for people-watching. Some have lifeguards and are bustling with activity, and feature nearby places to grab something to eat or drink. Some are ideal for snorkeling, others for sunbathing, and still others for surfing or body boarding.