The North Shore of Kauai is home to the picturesque Napali coast, beaches, and the affluent Princeville. The area is postcard-worthy and an excellent base for your time on the island.
The East Side of Kauai is the most populated part of the island, and it’s as busy as the island gets. A significant portion of the island’s east side is dedicated to commercial development, with a wide selection of stores and restaurants. There is still plenty to see and do here on the East Side, but you will find it to be a bit more commercial than other parts of the island.
This part of the island gets the best weather, and as a result, you will find it is the most popular with travelers. Anchored by Poipu, there are a variety of resorts, accommodations and noteworthy beaches on the South Shore.
If you want a more raw and wild feel, then the West Side of Kauai is for you. This part of the island is intriguing in both the lack of development and geology. You will find that the west side of the island is more barren. However, it is home to the Grand Canyon of the Pacific and the beginning of the Napali Coast.