Kailua Beach Oahu is your classic Hawaiian beach, complete with a long spread of soft white sand, gracefully swaying trees, aquamarine water, and picturesque islands dotting the horizon. Kailua Beach Park is located on the East Shore of Oahu, and the best things to do there, aside from sitting back and soaking in the view, include swimming, wind-surfing, body surfing, and board surfing. Nearby, the town at Kailua Bay offers an array of tourist amenities including rental shops, dining, shopping, and an assortment of Oahu hotels, resorts, and villas. Often overlooked because of its clandestine location on the opposite side of Waikiki, Kailua Beach Park doesn't typically get as crowded as some of the other Oahu beaches on the North Shore.
Three Oahu highways lead to Kailua Bay, with the most scenic drive along the famous Pali Highway. If you're making a day trip of it, head up to the Nuuanu Pali Lookout, or Route 61, on the way to Kailua Beach for spectacular island views. The H3 highway comes in at a close second for scenery, with the road twisting and winding and seemingly floating along the mountain sides as it dances its way down to Kailua Bay. Before your arrival, a magnificent view of Kailua from above is one of the best perks of taking the H3 highway.
Kailua Beach Park has many great features, putting it high on the list of Oahu's great beaches, of which there are many. Gleaming white sand, well-planned picnic areas, clean restrooms, showers, and lifeguards make this area ideal for families and a perfect place to spend an entire day. The coral reef surrounding Kailua Beach is a safeguard against powerful currents and tides creating very good conditions for swimming and other water sports. With water temperatures staying at a fairly consistent 75 degrees Fahrenheit, there is just one more good reason to visit Kailua Beach Oahu.
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