Maui’s Best Beaches

More than 60 beaches hug Maui’s coastline, including four that have been named “Best Beach in America” by environmental scientist and author Steven “Dr. Beach” Leatherman. Choosing which stretch of sand to visit is an inviting tropical challenge, and it could take months — or even years — to leave your footprints on all of them. Here’s a starter kit of beaches we recommend for the attractions they offer — from sunup to sundown.

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DT Fleming Maui Beach

Best Beach for Boogie Boarding & Lunch
Honokahua Bay, Kapalua

This Kapalua favorite has breaking surf all year round. On days when the waves are playful and small, the water is perfect for kids and beginners; during large winter swells, and when summer trade winds are exceptionally strong and gusty, Honokahua is for experts only. But even if conditions are out of your skill range, watching from the beach as boogie boarders do backflips can be just as entertaining as riding the waves yourself. There are outdoor showers on both ends of the beach, as well as restrooms, picnic tables and barbecues at adjoining D.T. Fleming Beach Park. Didn’t pack a lunch? Head to the Burger Shack, part of The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua. Dine alfresco on a signature burger and thick milkshake, or have tropical cocktails with friends as you watch the waves, the surfers and even the whales.

Runner-up: Kama‘ole Beach III, Kīhei

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