Queen Emma's bath is a nice hike and nice swimming in the summer months. Just blocks from the house.
Kauai’s laid-back North Shore
Kauai’s North Shore may be Hawaii’s “last bastion of undiscovered authenticity,” said Meredith Bryan in Condé Nast Traveler. Unlike the island’s overdeveloped south, the north retains a sort of “outlaw anti-glamour.” In the small town of Hanalei, there are no national chain stores “or buildings taller than a coconut tree (an actual law on Kauai).” This is a quiet paradise, where the surf is big and the hiking legendary—“many trails end at waterfalls and pristine beaches.” If you tire of the North Shore’s food trucks and “barefoot culture,” head to Princeville, a relatively developed area. Even here, it’s easy to escape civilization: You can walk down an unassuming path and find yourself swimming in Queen’s Bath, “a gleaming tidal pool carved by lava, amid fish crashed in by the waves.” Later, drink a ginger margarita on the terrace of Princeville’s grand St. Regis hotel and watch as “the electric--tangerine sun” dips below the waves.