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Which Hawaii beach is this? How can I stay there?

HAWAII Magazine reader Alan Bingenheimer wrote to us with a question about a mystery beach on Kauai:

On page 31 of your September/October 2009 issue there is a large photo of a wonderful looking beach with the caption “Hanalei, Kauai.” What is the name of that beach? And could you give any information about accommodations there? We are looking for a reasonable place to stay while we visit Kauai on our return trip from the Philippines.

You ask. We answer.

That beach in the picture is Hanalei Beach on Kauai’s north shore. It’s one of the largest beaches on Hanalei Bay, the two-mile crescent of white sand where Kauai’s lush mountains meet the sea. We have to agree—it’s stunning.

We’re not alone in our praise for Hanalei Beach. Dr. Steven P. Leatherman—a.k.a. “Dr. Beach”—named Hanalei No. 1 in his 2009 list of best beaches in the world.

Most of the accommodations available along Kauai’s north shore are in the nearby resort community of Princeville, part of which overlooks Hanalei Bay.  There is of course the new St. Regis Princeville, and a number of condos as well.

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