Places To Stay On Kauai

Popular places to stay on Kauai are the sunny South Side and verdant North Shore

Beautiful beachfront homes, condos and hotels are waiting on the “Garden Island.”

There are a number of accommodation options on Kauai, ranging from opulent resorts to budget condominiums and bed & breakfasts. No matter where you choose to stay—the island’s sunny southern shore, historic eastern shore or the lush North Shore—you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of Hawaii’s most spectacular natural scenery.

Tip: The best places to stay in Kauai are the sunny South Side and verdant North Shore.

South Side

south side resort sunset
The end of a sunny day in Poipu.

South Kauai is highlighted by the sun-soaked Poipu Resort area, a world-class destination offering championship golf, tennis, restaurants, shopping and a full menu of beach activities. (Poipu has been named “America’s Best Beach” by “Dr. Beach,” a noted authority on coastal environments.) Here you’ll find the widest variety of accommodations, including luxury hotels, budget hotels, low-rise condos, vacation rentals, and bed & breakfasts.

North Shore

The St. Regis hotel in princeville
Princeville Hotel

Kauai’s North Shore offers the best of two worlds: great places to stay and breathtaking natural scenery. This part of the island is home to the Kilauea Point Natural Wildlife Refuge, taro fields and views of the Napali Coast. The principal resort areas here are Princeville and Hanalei. Popular accommodations include vacation rentals in Hanalei, condo rentals like the ones found in Hanalei Bay Resort, timeshares and world-class St. Regis Princeville Hotel.

Eastern Shore

aerial view of eastern kauai
The Coconut Coast

Heading north from Poipu, explore Kauai’s eastern shore, popularly known as the Coconut Coast. Two of the island’s most populated towns, Lihue and Kapaa, are located here. Favored by budget travelers, this part of Kauai also offers an array of lodging options, particularly bed & breakfasts, condominiums and small hotels. Lihue and Kapaa offer a number of restaurants as well as the island’s major shopping centers.

West Side

There are no lodgings on Kauai’s western shores, which are dominated by the famous Napali Coast and isolated beaches.

Polihale beach on Kauai
Polihale beach on the west side is worth taking a day to explore

“The Garden Isle”

Nicknamed “The Garden Isle,” Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian islands—it’s estimated to be more than five million years old. Kauai is also the least populated county in Hawaii, with less than 60,000 residents. The island’s natural beauty is renowned, so much so that it’s served as a backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Honeymoon in Vegas, Blue Hawaii, South Pacific and the remake of King Kong.