29 Jun 2021
Experience the best of Kauai during the summer months with our guide. From enjoying delicious cuisine in beachfront settings to adventuring to the beaches and state parks all around the island, there is so much to do during a summer stay in a Kauai vacation rental! Experience Hawaiian culture with an evening spent at a Luau or pick up some local produce at a farmers market. Learn more about what we recommend during a summer vacation!
Kauai is home to a wide array of delicious eateries. During the summer months, reservations can be a good idea to make sure that your beachfront view dinner table is reserved and ready for you! Plan ahead as some of these prime dining destinations can be fully booked 2-3 weeks in advance. Here are a few Kauai restaurants you may want to visit during your visit:
Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, Keoki’s Paradise is a paradise for delicious cuisine and tropical drinks. Order a signature Mai Tai or Lava Flow for a delicious cocktail experience while you dine on delicious BBQ, seafood dishes, and shareable Pupus like coconut shrimp, ahi sashimi, and so much more!
Merriman’s Fish House
Situated on an old Hawaiian plantation, the Merriman’s Fish House serves up Hawaiian cuisine in a charmingly elegant setting. This restaurant features a “Farm to Table” concept meaning virtually all of the ingredients to your meal have been locally and sustainably produced. Enjoy locally caught fish, farm fresh salads, daily fresh ceviche, and so much more.
Named after Duke Kahanamoku, a native Hawaiian, 6-time Olympic medalist, and the father of modern-day surfing, Duke’s Kauai is a beachfront restaurant serving up delicious cuisine. Enjoy a fine dining atmosphere and dishes like prime rib, mac nut & herb crusted fresh fish, and don’t forget to order a Hula Pie for dessert!
Beach House Restaurant
The Beach House Restaurant is an oceanfront, fine-dining experience you won’t want to miss! Enjoy Hawaiian flavors fixed up with ingredients sourced from local fishermen, ranches, and farmers. This gorgeous restaurant is a perfect destination for a romantic evening or dinner with family and friends!
Kauai Farmers Markets
If you want to pick up some local produce and delicious local ingredients, head to one of the farmers markets that can be found on Kauai! Find a market that offers farm fresh produce that you can pick up to take home to your Kauai vacation rental and include in a recipe of your own. You can also find farmers markets that also feature hand-crafted items and hot food that you can enjoy right at the market!
The Hanalei Farmers Market on the North Shore can be explored on Saturday mornings and features produce, hand-crafted items, and more. Also on Saturday morning, the Kauai Community Market is held at the Kauai Community College and features fresh produce, delicious hot food, and so much more! Don’t miss out on this way to support Kauai’s local economy and enjoy the best of Kauai’s cuisine and produce!
Attend a Luau
Another summer must-do activity during a Kauai vacation is attending a Luau. Our recommendation is the Smith’s Garden Luau. A family business for more than 4 generations, Smith’s Garden Luau upholds the tradition of this Hawaiian celebration. Enjoy a delicious pa‘ina (feast) complete with kalua pig, teriyaki beef, and poi. And of course, a Luau isn’t complete without music and dancing. You’ll enjoy the beauty of the Hawaiian hula, Tahitian drum dances, and even a Samoan fire knife dance. Again, these experiences tend to book up fast so it is best to get a reservation far in advance!
Kauai Beaches & Hikes
A visit to Kauai isn’t complete without a day at the beach. Hanalei Bay is a favorite for locals and visitors alike with stunning views of Bali Hai and a two-mile crescent-shaped beach. The bay is an ideal spot for swimming, kayaking, fishing, and surfing. Stay on the beach to watch the sun go down from this picturesque Kauai beach! Brennecke’s Beach is another popular spot for families looking to spend a day on the beach. Easy going waves make it a perfect spot for body surfing and even snorkeling!
If you want to explore inland, head to Kōkeʻe State Park. Kōkeʻe features a variety of hikes each offering a different challenge and stunning views along the way. Take in views of the Kalalau Valley and keep an eye out for local birds, native plants, and insects that you may be able to spot during your hike.
Explore the best of summer in Kauai when you book a stay in a Suite Paradise vacation rental. Find oceanfront vacation rentals, rentals with ocean and garden views, and private homes for your entire group to enjoy a stay together.