Kaanapali Beach on Maui – The Best Place to Stay
by Christina Gregoire
I have lived on Oahu twice and, even though I love Kailua, Waikiki and other great spots around Oahu, I still think that Kaanapali Beach is my favorite beach in the world. Oh, I must admit that I prefer Hawaii to all other warm-weather destinations because the islands are gentle and they feel like home.
In addition, there are no snakes, the "natives" speak English, and the islands are part of the US, so there are no passport hassles. And, most important of all, Hawaiians and Kamaainas are basically good, friendly people.
Sure, every now and then you might find a grumpy bartender or a harried waitress, but that's more likely to happen in Waikiki. The service-industry workers (and anyone who lives in Honolulu) can feel overwhelmed by their love-hate relationship with tourists. Tourist dollars keep Hawaiians alive, but tourists also drive up prices and (sometimes) act like drunken A-holes. However, most people in Hawaii are laid back, because everyone's blood pressure goes down when they see a beautiful cloud encircling a green mountain or when they gaze upon a perfect sunset while sitting on a gorgeous beach.
And, speaking of gorgeous beaches, I would say that Kaanapali Beach is the best beach in America. Actually, I would say that Kaanapali is the best beach in the world…although I still have quite a few spots to check out.
Why do I like Kaanapali Hawaii? As long as you pay attention to rough surf warnings, Kaanapali is a safe beach.
- Kaanapali has no crocodiles (aka Salties) or killer jellyfish like places in Queensland, Australia.
- Kaanapali has no scary snakes like areas in Central and South America. There are no snakes in Hawaii, period.
- Kaanapali has nice sand, not like those rocky shorelines you find in the South of France and the rest of the Mediterranean.
- All beaches in Hawaii are public beaches. In the South of France, you have to pay for a room at a swank hotel before you can go to their fancy, but rocky, beaches.
- People speak English in Hawaii. It's part of the US.
I’ve heard that Costa del Sol (Spain) has nice beaches, but if I am going to fly all the way to Europe, I would rather soak up ambiance, art, and culture instead of sunshine. And, the sand in the Caribbean is nice, but I don’t like places with bars on the windows. (article continues)
Keep reading about hotels on Kaanapali Beach on page two.