Aerial view of Brennecke's Beach in Kauai, Hawaii

Brennecke’s Beach, Kauai: Best 2024 Visitor Guide

Brennecke’s Beach? Bet you missed this tiny beach on the far eastern edge of Poipu Beach Park, so small, it’s easy to ignore.

Brennecke’s Beach, though tiny, is one of the best Kauai beaches for boogie boarding, body boarding and body surfing!

The waves that come crashing through to this small beach are not long, but they sure are powerful, and offer thrilling rides for advanced boogie boarders and body surfers!

Boogie boarding at Brennecke's Beach, Kauai
Boogie boarding at Brennecke’s Beach, Kauai

And if you are a good swimmer, the shallow waters here in winter are quite calm and a lot less crowded than the popular Poipu Beach for some snorkeling and swimming.

Visiting Kauai? The only way to get a real feel for the rugged beauty of this incredible island is through a helicopter tour!

Brennecke's Beach along the south shore of Kauai, near Poipu Beach Park
Brennecke’s Beach along the south shore of Kauai, near Poipu Beach Park

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Brennecke’s Beach Directions

Brennecke’s Beach is a small beach at the eastern corner of Poipu Beach Park on the south shore of Kauai.

Take Poipu Road to Hoowili Road, which ends at Poipu Beach Park. To get to Brennecke’s Beach, you can take a left onto Hoone Road for a couple of blocks.

We usually park at Poipu Beach Park free parking lot, since roadside parking at Brennecke’s Beach is almost impossible to find.

Brennecke’s Beach Parking

Park at free public Poipu Beach Park lot and walk over to Brennecke’s Beach.

Poipu Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the south shore of Kauai, but we can usually find parking on weekday mornings and afternoons.

Brennecke Beach Map

The Brennecke Beach map below shows the location of Brennecke Beach, and the main attractions nearby.

Brennecke Beach Access

To get to Brennecke Beach, you can walk east along Hoone Road or along the coast through the Poipu Beach playground grassy area.

Brennecke Beach Reservations

Brennecke Beach does not need any reservations or permits. No entrance fees are needed as well.

Brennecke Beach Amenities / Facilities

Location: Poipu, South Side of Kauai
Lifeguard: No
Beach Amenities: Restrooms, showers, picnic tables
Food Nearby: Brennecke’s Beach Broiler (near the Poipu Beach parking lot on Hoone Road)
Parking: Roadside on Hoone Road or Poipu Beach Park lot
Directions: From Poipu Road head towards the ocean on Hoowili Road to Poipu Beach Park.

Best Things to Do at Brennecke’s Beach

1. Boogie Board or Body Surf at Brennecke’s Beach

Adventure tourist seeking some thrills? Check out the barrel-shaped and powerful, but short, waves at Brennecke’s Beach!

A mecca for advanced boogie boarders (surfing is not allowed here) and body surfers, Brennecke’s Beach offers the most thrills on the South Shore of Kauai, especially in summer, when the waves swell with the winds.

Almost perfectly shaped like tunnels or barrels, these waves are a dream come true for the boogie boarders that ride them!

Boogie boarder riding a barrel-shaped wave at Brennecke's Beach, Kauai
Boogie boarder riding a barrel-shaped wave at Brennecke’s Beach, Kauai

2. Brennecke’s Beach Swimming & Snorkeling

Swimming and snorkeling are too dangerous at Brennecke’s Beach in summer.

Oddly enough, in winter, unlike Kauai’s north shore beaches, the south shore beaches like Brennecke’s Beach tend to become quite calm, almost lake-like, especially during the mornings.

And that’s the best time to go snorkeling at Brennecke’s Beach!

We’ve seen beautiful Hawaiian reef fish while snorkeling here including yellow tangs, convict tangs, triggerfish, butterflyfish and even Hawaiian green sea turtles.

To identify these beautiful fish consult our detailed Hawaii Fish Snorkeling Guide.

3. Stay Back for Sunsets at Brennecke’s Beach

One of the best spots on Kauai to view sunsets, Brennecke’s Beach offers some of the most spectacular treats in the evenings!

You’ll see the orange orb slide gracefully into the warm Pacific Ocean waters, often accompanied by remarkable warm red, orange, and purple colors in the sky!

Spectacular sunset views from Brennecke's Beach, Kauai
Spectacular sunset views from Brennecke’s Beach, Kauai

Watching the sunset at Brennecke’s Beach is one of the most romantic things to do on Kauai!

4. Eat at Brennecke’s Beach Broiler Restaurant

And if all the boogie boarding has built up an appetite, be sure to stop at Brennecke’s Beach Broiler Restaurant, one of the most popular restaurants in Poipu, and just across Hoone Street from Brennecke’s Beach.

Not only is the food delicious, you sure can’t beat the ambiance of an oceanfront restaurant!

Snorkeling and Water Activities Gear Checklist

Though you can rent snorkeling gear or use the ones that come with tours, we invested in our own gear, mainly due to Covid-19 (why take the risk?).

Thrill seeking boogie boarders at Brennecke's Beach, Kauai
Thrill seeking boogie boarders at Brennecke’s Beach, Kauai

Ocean Safety Tips

Hawaii’s beaches are beautiful, but ocean activities can be dangerous. Ocean conditions are dynamic and can change without warning.

Here are some tips to enjoy the ocean and beaches safely:

  • ALWAYS heed posted warning signs.
  • Check conditions just before you arrive at your chosen beach, and watch conditions at the beach for a bit before you decide to enter the water.
  • Swim at a lifeguarded beach and ask the lifeguard for advice before you enter the water.
  • Never turn your back on the ocean, whether you are standing at the shore or on a cliff above. If you see wet rocks or sand, it means the water has been here recently.
  • Know your limitations, especially if you are not an experienced swimmer. If in doubt, do not go out.
  • If you choose to enter the water, go with a partner or in a group.
  • Know that alcohol can impair judgment and motor skills in the water.
  • Keep children close and always keep your eyes on what they are doing in the water.
  • Watch for sharp coral or rocks or sea urchins.
  • Check advisories regarding water quality at various beaches here.

Best Kauai Tours

Have you booked these top Kauai guided adventures yet?

Sunset catamaran tour of the Na Pali Coast (relatively more stable ride, insane views on good weather days!)

Doors-off helicopter tour of Kauai (unobstructed views, chance to see more of the island than you can by land, no middle seats!)

Kayak on the Wailua River plus hike to a waterfall (a super fun activity for active travelers, albeit a little muddy sometimes!)

Raft trip to the Na Pali Coast plus snorkeling (prepare to get wet on this exhilarating adventure!)

Eurocopter ECO-Star helicopter tour over Kauai (the most booked Kauai helicopter tour on Viator with close to 2K reviews and a 5-star rating!)

Entire Kauai Island Air Tour (super popular, less expensive than a heli tour, large bubble windows for flightseeing!)

Renting a Car in Kauai

The best things to do in Kauai are scattered all over the island.

Public transport options on Kauai aren’t great, so if you want to explore the island beyond your base, you’ll want to book a rental car for your Kauai trip.

We always use Discover Cars to book Kauai car rentals. They search across a variety of rental car companies, both budget and brand, to offer you the best deals, AND they offer free cancellations. Plus, there are no hidden fees.

>> Check availability and prices on Kauai car rentals now!

Lihue Airport-Hotel Shuttle

Not planning to pick up a rental car at Lihue airport? Pre-arrange round trip transfer from the airport to your hotel and back!

This shared shuttle serves hotels or vacation rentals in Princeville, Kahala, Poipu, Kapaa, or Lihue, and then back again. It’s convenient and inexpensive, and saves time and hassle!

>> Check prices and availability for shared round-trip airport transfer in Kauai now!

Where to Stay in Kauai

Depending on whether you want a vacation rental with more room and the option to cook some of your meals, or you want a resort or hotel experience, and depending on which part of Kauai you want to choose as your base, you have a variety of options.

Since you’ll likely want to base in a couple places on your trip to Kauai, we suggest starting your search for Kauai accommodations by browsing vacation rentals on VRBO.

We have stayed in VRBO rentals in both Poipu and Princeville and find that the choice and quality are generally great.

>> Look for a Kauai vacation rental on VRBO now!

Want detailed recommendations for accommodations in Kauai? Check out our comprehensive guide to the best places to stay in Kauai!

Endangered monk seal on Brennecke's Beach, Kauai
Endangered monk seal on Brennecke’s Beach, Kauai

More Kauai Travel Inspiration

Considering a trip to the Garden Isle in Hawaii? You’ll definitely want to check out some of our other comprehensive Kauai travel and attraction guides!

If you are a first-time visitor to Kauai, start by discovering the best things to do in Kauai! From beaches and botanical gardens to cliffs, canyons, and waterfalls, Kauai has it all, and our round-up lists all of Kauai’s must-experience activities and attractions.

Planning to split a week between Kauai and another island? We have a 3 days in Kauai itinerary article you must read to help flesh out what you would like to see and do!

Learn about the best things to do in Hanalei and Kauai’s scenic north shore, the best things to do in Poipu and Kauai’s south shore, and the most exciting things to do on Kauai’s Coconut Side or east side.

Read our in-depth guide to visiting the Na Pali Coast of Kauai. We give you the full scoop on the best ways to visit this stunning coast in the remote northwest of the island.

Discover our round-up of the nine spectacular state parks in Kauai, which house some of Kauai’s most treasured natural wonders.

We also have visitor’s guides to popular parks like Waimea Canyon State Park, which protects the namesake canyon, nearby Kokee State Park, and the remote but beautiful Polihale State Park.

Also check out the ultimate guide to visiting Haena State Park on Kauai’s north shore, and a full guide to hiking the epic Kalalau Trail.

Check out our round-up of the most beautiful waterfalls in Kauai, from waterfalls you can view from the road to falls that require hiking and falls that are best seen from a helicopter or sightseeing flight. We also have an article on everything you need to know to visit Secret Falls Kauai on an exciting kayaking and hiking tour.

Read our guide to Wailua River State Park to discover two easy-to-access Kauai waterfalls, and our trail guide for the easy hike to Ho’opi’i Falls. We also have an article on the best Kauai waterfall hikes.

And if a helicopter tour is part of your plans for Kauai, read our article on the top-rated helicopter tours in Kauai!

Hiking enthusiasts will want to read our article on the best hikes in Koke’e State Park: the trails here are some of the best hikes in Kauai!

We have detailed trail guides for the most popular Koke’e hikes, from the scenic Canyon Trail to the top of Waipo’o Falls, to the epic Awa’awapuhi Trail, challenging but very rewarding!

Also discover the best hikes in Waimea Canyon State Park, and the best hikes on Kauai’s north shore.

We also have a trail guide for the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail on Kauai’s scenic south shore, an article on how to hike the Sleeping Giant Trail, and a guide to the Kuilau Ridge Trail, one of the easy hikes on Kauai.

Get the scoop on the best botanical gardens in Kauai, from Limahuli Garden on the north shore to McBryde and Allerton Gardens on the south shore.

Read our guide to the best swimming beaches on Kauai, from Hanalei Bay on the north shore to Poipu Beach on the south shore!

We also have a guide to the best snorkeling beaches on Kauai, a round-up of the best Kauai north shore beaches, and an article on the best Kauai south shore beaches!

And if you love watching the sun go down in a burst of color, be sure to read our article on where to go for the best sunsets on Kauai!

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