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Which beach to stay near with a 13 month old?

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Which beach to stay near with a 13 month old?

We are looking for a place to stay last minute (Oct 3-7). I can't decide if it's better to stay at Kiahuna Plantation or a place closer to Poipu Beach Park and Baby Beach. I want to be near a beach that is the most baby-friendly, where he can be more independent (just started to walk). Also, it would be nice if the facility had pack-and-plays or cribs to borrow so we can leave ours at home.

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Which beach to stay near with a 13 month old?

Kiahuna Plantation is about the same distance to Poipu Beach as other places. The Marriott and Koa Kea are a bit closer, perhaps Nihi Kai Villas as well. Unless you go for a rental house across from Brennecke Beach.

Look at the aerial photo at the bottom of this page which will put it all in perspective:

hawaiigaga.com/kauai/…kiahuna-plantation.aspx

Baby beach near Kuhio Shores (not the baby beach area of Poipu beach park which I think you were referring to) is also very baby friendly.

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2. Re: Which beach to stay near with a 13 month old?

The beaches adjacent to Poipu beach are all safe for kids (i.e. not very big surf and plenty of sand). However, the Kiahuna has the large grassy area that your toddler can run around on while most other resorts will not.

Edited: 21 September 2010, 06:29
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3. Re: Which beach to stay near with a 13 month old?

Thanks for your replies. The aerial shot of the coastline really helps also.

Considering Kuhio Shores also. Would the Baby Beach there be better for us than the beach at Kiahuna?

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4. Re: Which beach to stay near with a 13 month old?

Yes. Kiahuna beach is too rough for infants. Baby beach is reef protected, very shallow, and your child can approach the water by herself (under close supervision of course). Kuhio Shores is a 3-5 minute walk away. On the down side, it's smaller than Kiahuna and it's too shallow for you to swim in.

The website I posted above has panoramic beach photos which will give you an idea of what Baby beach looks like compared to Kiahuna.

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5. Re: Which beach to stay near with a 13 month old?

What is your budget? There are some nice two bedroom houses right on Baby's Beach that vary in price depending if you are right on the beach or across a very small road. You can also pick a place in Kiahuna that is close to the beach areabut the pool is across the road. You can also pick a place closer to Poipu Beach Park. The two condo complexes close to that beach are Poipu Kai or Nihi Kai.

We have stayed on Baby's Beach quite a lot and know most of the houses there (no real condos). We also just stayed at Nihi Kai and it was a close walkto Brennecke's Beach (not for toddlers). Poipu Beach ark is just past there and a little bit farther walk.

Check out http://www.parrishkauai.com/kauai-condos/ for some ideas on pricing.

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6. Re: Which beach to stay near with a 13 month old?

Our budget is $250 a night, but I've found (at least on ParrishKauai) that most homes require a 5 night stay. Right now we have 5 nights reserved at the Westin Princeville before heading to the south shore for 4 nights. I suppose if we found a really great house, we'd consider changing the reservation at the Westin to four nights instead. Thinking that staying closer to Baby's Beach might be more appropriate. Would love any recs for a house near Baby's Beach (the one near Kuhio Shores) that might fit our budget.

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7. Re: Which beach to stay near with a 13 month old?

Staying at Kuhio Shores, you are a short walk away from Baby Beach. Depending on the tide, it can be a safe place for small children, but they must be watched at all times. It's deep enough for you to go in with your child.

As you drive around, you'll also find safe swimming areas at Salt Pond Beach, Poipu Beach Park, and Lydgate Beach Park.

At Kiahuna, the grass is a nice feature for being able to run around free for several feet without fear of falling into the water.

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8. Re: Which beach to stay near with a 13 month old?

Staying at Kiahuna would put you within the same walking distance to Poipu Beach Park as most of the condos over on that side.

That said, you really don't have to walk all the way to Poipu Beach Park. If you stay at Kiahuna there IS a good swimming area for a toddler. Walk to the East end of the Kiahuna beach. You'll come to a spot right where Kiahuna ends and Koa Kea Resort begins. It's a sandy spit of sand extending out into the water and a calm area to the right of it. This small bay is protected by a reef and rocks from the larger waves. It's also a great snorkeling area. I see many parents with the littlest of ones there. Just remember it's basically in front of Koa Kea Resort but it's usually fairly empty because the Koa Kea folks are walking further West down the beach.

Here is an aerial view shot of it. If you stay in any of the buildings on the east side of Kiahuna you've got maybe a 5 minute walk....

http://www.wizardpub.com/kauai/krkoakea.html

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9. Re: Which beach to stay near with a 13 month old?

This house is right up the street from Poipu Beach Park:

www.parrishkauai.com/kauai-homes/PBC.html

Baby's Beach houses (not right on the ocean but close to the beach):

http://www.kauaivacationrentals.com/book/houseP.html?User=KVR3842&Num=62&Name=Little+Grass+Shack&Type=Homes&Avail=&Stay= &CF=

www.parrishkauai.com/kauai-homes/HALO.html

www.parrishkauai.com/kauai-homes/LANAI.html (guest cottage)

http://www.kauairentals.com/babybeach1.html

www.kauairentals.com/turtlecovecot.html

Edited: 22 September 2010, 01:54
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10. Re: Which beach to stay near with a 13 month old?

Thank you so much for all the helpful replies. The more options there are, the harder it is to decide! Considering Malanai Hale through Jean and Abbott but I did find that lengthy post on their security deposit policy from last year. Also considering Lanai Iki, though Parrish has a 7 night minimum so perhaps they'd be willing to make an exception for a last minute booking. Coastline Cottages also has a house near Poipu Beach for $275 a night - a bit over budget but it has great views. Finally, still also haven't ruled out an oceanview unit at Kiahuna Plantation through VRBO and maybe even Kuhio Shores - we're not really pool people anyway and that view looks to die for!

Thanks again for your help!

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