Baby Beach, a tropical lagoon on the shores of Maui, is especially well suited for swimming. The protected beach, as pretty as you’d imagine, looks every inch a Hawaiian paradise. Located on the coast of Maui, Baby Beach is easy to access from the Hana Highway in the charming little town of Paia. Located between the sand dunes, a rocky cove, and the sparkling waters of the Pacific, the beach is part of a mile-long string of shoreline with an uninterrupted stretch of sand and surf.
This stretch of beach also includes Baldwin Cove and H.A. Baldwin Beach Park. A trail winds along the beach and the dunes that continues on cove to one of Maui’s few clothing-optional beaches all the way to Paia Bay. In town, there’s a lot of things to explore, including old plantations, charming shops, and even fish burgers.
The trail attracts a lot of dog walkers and runners, while Baby Beach is popular for those who want to relax in the sun and go swimming. When school lets out, many of the locals make their way to the shore to enjoy a trip to Baby Beach. This is exactly the time when the winds are the strongest. The rest of the day, the beach is a calm and quiet place to enjoy Maui’s beach scene, except in the winter when the winds tend to be strong most of the time. If it is too windy, you could head over to Baldwin Cove, which is sheltered from the conditions. At the nearby Hookipa Beach, wind and kitesurfers take advantage of the conditions.
While Baby Beach does tend to be quiet at times, that does mean it’s secluded. The beach and the neighboring county park have plenty of parking, with both a paved parking lot and a sand lot. Guests also have access to a covered pavilion, picnic tables, and grills. Lifeguards are on duty regularly at the park’s beach, though not at Baby Beach. At the 17.2-acre park, a full schedule of fun things to do, takes place here, including hula classes and soccer games. There’s also a concession stand and restrooms as well as an outdoor shower, installed for visitor comfort just steps away from the ocean.