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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Seafood Restaurant
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“Our favorite spot for a nice meal in a tropical setting. You can make reservations.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Nice place to watch the Sunset. Small beach, Spouting Horn, Shops of Kukuiula have nice shops and restaurants. Favorite sunset & happy hour is at The Beach House Restaurant. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Bar
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“Home of the World Famous 1,000,000th Mai Tai sold. Great food and atmosphere for families or couples.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“A lovely garden setting in the heart of Poipu, we have everything you’re looking for. Award winning restaurants, unique, eclectic shops, art, and boutiques, and a free, authentic Hula show with Live Hawaiian Music every Monday and Thursday afternoon.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Hot Dog Joint
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“Best hot dogs on the planet “No lie — these hot dogs are good enough on their own to warrant a trip to the island of Kauai. They’re truly Hawaiian style hot dogs, complete with tropical relishes...a surf board for a menu, and the best lemonade you’ve ever had. Careful, if you eat there once, you’ll be eating there for lunch the rest of your visit! — Real Travel Magazine”
  • 9 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Beautiful Southside beach with bathrooms. The head of the Mahaulepu Heritage trail. Gorgeous views of the ocean from this trail.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“The park is between Poipu Beach and Brenneckes Beach. Enjoy covered picnic pavilions, some with charcoal barbecues. Large grassy areas with ocean views. Public restrooms and beach showers.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Lodging
“Take a stroll eastward on the greenbelt path to the Grand Hyatt. Just enjoy the views of the beautiful Shipwreck Beach and the awesome landscaping around the hotel, or stop in one of the bars for an iconic tropical drink or a local beer. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“From fresh coffee, to locally sourced foods and a friendly smile with friendly service, kick off your sandals a decompress with a wonderful fruit bowl or bagel sandwich and a cuppa.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Hotel
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“Amazing food! Contemporary Hawaiian cuisine meets a traditional Hawaii setting at Tidepools. Open air hale pili (thatched bungalows) set at the base of a waterfall seemingly float above a koi-filled lagoon creating distinctive dining. Inspired by the natural ingredients and rich traditions of the islands, the tantalizing menu pays homage to classic fare of Hawaii while creating fresh new tastes. Here you will find the freshest of fish and steak dishes, unbeatable ambiance and exceptional service. Rated one of the best restaurants on Kauai on Zagat, as well as TripAdvisor’s Circle of Excellence, Tidepools will dazzle you with dishes like Grilled Hawaiian Catch, Macadamia Crusted Mahi or local Makaweli Steak. Salads feature fresh greens straight from our on-site hydroponic garden.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Located in the nearby Grand Hyatt Resort. Live music most nghts. Sushi bar. Pool tables.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Twenty taps with ice cold beer. Full bar. Generous portions and good food.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Shipwrecks Beach is a long stretch of golden sand on the eastern end of Poipu fronting the Grand Hyatt resort. During most of the year, the waters are best for advanced surfers due to a short shore-break. This is a great beach, however, to walk along, wade a little, sunbathe or hook up with a spectacular shoreline trail that goes east for a couple of miles. The trail leads along the ocean side of Poipu Bay Golf Course. Facilities available but no lifeguard.”
  • 4 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Natural Feature
“Lovely coves with life guard, shower, bathrooms, small playground, nearby restaurant and surf shop. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
$$$
“RED SALT at Ko'a Kea offers an ideal setting for dinner with large windows overlooking the pool and ocean. They offer contemporary upscale cuisine and a delicious sushi bar. Located on the beachfront between the Waiohai and the Sheraton, the oceanfront path is lit with flame torches at night and is the perfect location for a pre or after dinner stroll.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Clothing Store
“Located right next door to Brenneckes Restaurant is this great surf shop. Board and snorkeling rentals and apparel.”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Our favorite spot for a nice meal in a tropical setting. You can make reservations.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Bar
“Home of the World Famous 1,000,000th Mai Tai sold. Great food and atmosphere for families or couples.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Hot Dog Joint
“Best hot dogs on the planet “No lie — these hot dogs are good enough on their own to warrant a trip to the island of Kauai. They’re truly Hawaiian style hot dogs, complete with tropical relishes...a surf board for a menu, and the best lemonade you’ve ever had. Careful, if you eat there once, you’ll be eating there for lunch the rest of your visit! — Real Travel Magazine”
  • 9 locals recommend
Hotel
“Amazing food! Contemporary Hawaiian cuisine meets a traditional Hawaii setting at Tidepools. Open air hale pili (thatched bungalows) set at the base of a waterfall seemingly float above a koi-filled lagoon creating distinctive dining. Inspired by the natural ingredients and rich traditions of the islands, the tantalizing menu pays homage to classic fare of Hawaii while creating fresh new tastes. Here you will find the freshest of fish and steak dishes, unbeatable ambiance and exceptional service. Rated one of the best restaurants on Kauai on Zagat, as well as TripAdvisor’s Circle of Excellence, Tidepools will dazzle you with dishes like Grilled Hawaiian Catch, Macadamia Crusted Mahi or local Makaweli Steak. Salads feature fresh greens straight from our on-site hydroponic garden.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“Twenty taps with ice cold beer. Full bar. Generous portions and good food.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“RED SALT at Ko'a Kea offers an ideal setting for dinner with large windows overlooking the pool and ocean. They offer contemporary upscale cuisine and a delicious sushi bar. Located on the beachfront between the Waiohai and the Sheraton, the oceanfront path is lit with flame torches at night and is the perfect location for a pre or after dinner stroll.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Hawaiian food, located within the Kiahuna plantation, easy walking distance”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“good place to have a drink and watch (key night) the hotel's luau without paying big prices”
  • 4 locals recommend

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