With consistently warm weather and beautiful beaches, Hawaii is the perfect place to escape the dreadful days of scraping snow off your car. Whether you want to get some extra Vitamin D or surf with the locals, these are the best Hawaiian beaches to keep you warm during the winter.
Waimea Bay, Oahu
Waimea Bay is the notorious beach where expert surfers conquer the monstrous winter waves. The sport began in the 1950s and is still a popular winter pastime. During the winter, swimming is normally not advised—the ocean here can be quite rough.
Yokohama Bay, Oahu
Located on the West Coast, Yokohama is the perfect place for all sorts of beach activity. It’s a quiet spot to watch surfers and dolphins play in the ocean while feeling secluded in nature, and hikers can trek the nearby Kaena Point for some scenic ocean views from the trail.
Kalapaki Beach, Kauai
Many consider Kalapaki the best beach on Kauai’s east coast. The ocean is relatively calm and is safe for offshore swimming, and during the winter, this beach can get large swells perfect for surfers. From the shore, beachcombers can gaze at the 2,200-foot peaks of the Haupu Ridge.
Kehana Beach, Big Island
Located in the Puna district, this black sand beach is (said to be) clothing optional. Although illegal in Hawaii, many visitors strip down and stay warm on the black sand underneath the beaming sun. This beach is referred to as “Dolphin Beach” and lucky visitors can watch dolphins swimming near the shore.
Ho’okipa Beach Park, Maui
Located off the Hana Highway, this is Maui’s most consistent surfing spot. Here you can watch expert surfers and windsurfers conquer the crashing waves; be forewarned, this is not a place for novice surfers. Swimming can be very dangerous here due to the strong rip current.
Lanikai Beach, Oahu
Lanikai means “Heavenly Sea” and with one look at the beach, you’ll understand why. Warm turquoise waters brush up against the white sandy shoreline, and on the beach you will find scenic views of the Mokulua Islands. The water is normally very calm and safe for swimmers. Surrounded by palm trees, the beach feels off the grid and is the perfect place to catch the west coast sunset.
Punaluu Beach, Big Island
This is one of the most popular black sand beaches in the world. Once you get used to the black sand, watching the local Hawksbill and Green Sea turtles sunbathe under the glowing sun could be endless entertainment. It is illegal to touch or harass the turtles, and you should not take close up pictures of them. But you can easily find a nice, warm spot to nap under the sun and take a dip in the ocean.