Kapaa / Wailua is appropriately dubbed the "Coconut Coast," Kauai's East Side is a mystical region filled with history and culture. The landscape is dotted with stands of coconut trees and it is here that the coconut grove comes to life. Wailua, a sacred and significant place in Kauai, Hawaii, is accented by Wailua River and old world charm. Take advantage of all its offerings -- the Wailua River State Park, Fern Grotto, Wailua Falls, and other gems. Opaekaa Falls, an unforgettable photo op, has scenic peaks of the Makaleha Mountains in the background and a restored Hawaiian village on the riverbanks. A favorite mythical sight is the Sleeping Giant, a product of Mt. Nounou behind Wailua -- indulge in the fable it will be revealed to you.

The golden sand beaches of the Coconut Coast are its biggest draw in Kapaa / Wailua of Kauai, Hawaii, with Anahola as its northernmost beach. If you staying in a vacation accommodation in Kapaa or Wailua, then you'll find another beach just a few miles down the road is Donkey Beach, where whale-watching is popular. Rooting on surfers at Kealia Beach is a popular activity among locals and visitors alike. Always remember "safety first" when visiting any beach. Another asset of the Coconut Coast is Lydgate Park and its two lava rock enclosed ocean pools. They are a calm respite for kids, families, and first-time snorkelers.

Be sure to find time for a leisurely stroll through Kapaa Town and its funky and fine items, including some great craft pieces from Hawaii, aloha-print shirts, jewelry and fine art objects. Kauai Village in Kapaa offers life size paintings of whales on a wall and clock tower. Don't leave without exploring Kauai's unique Coconut Coast.

Kapaa is a great place to experience local life for you Hawaiian vacation, with inexpensive restaurants and an abundance of little shops and shopping plazas. There are also some fine beaches in the area and an excellent view of the Sleeping Giant.

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