DT Fleming Beach

DT Fleming Beach
DT Fleming Beach

The DT Fleming Beach Park boasts an excellent stretch of sand that was ranked best beach in America by Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman in 2006. Leatherman famously goes by the nickname of Dr. Beach, and his annual America’s Best Beaches list is a highly anticipated publication. Part of what makes DT Fleming Beach so alluring is its location. Found in the Kapalua area of Maui, it occupies a scenic cove along Honokahua Bay and is close to other tempting things that tourists can take advantage of. That includes world class golf courses and one of the most luxurious Maui hotels.

Beautiful Beaches Maui
Beautiful Beaches Maui

The DT Fleming Beach Park, named after the Maui pineapple industry pioneer D.T. Fleming, is a great place for families and any other people who are looking to enjoy some fun in the sun. This beach cove is essentially set between the 16th hole of a golf course and sea cliffs and offers plenty of soft sand. Ironwood trees provide shade should a break from the sun be in order, and lifeguards are in place to watch over those who decide to go in the water. Often times, the waters at DT Fleming Beach are good for swimming or snorkeling. Waves can kick up, typically towards the sea cliffs, which helps to make this a popular place for body boarding and surfing. The winter months tend to be the best for body boarding and surfing, as this is when the swells are generally larger.

Often referred to simply as Fleming Beach, DT Fleming Beach in Maui is the main, unofficial beach front for the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. The south end side of the beach is more specifically associated with the Ritz-Carlton and often sets the stage for tablecloth dining. Since the beach shares facilities with the DT Fleming Beach Park, there are ample facilities for visitors to enjoy away from the Ritz-Carlton. These facilities include a parking lot, picnic tables, barbecue grills, outdoor showers, and restrooms. Of course, the mile-long beach is the main attraction, as is that wonderful West Maui weather. As Dr. Beach noted in 2006 when he selected DT Fleming Beach as the best beach in America, “the west side of Maui always has beach weather.”

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