Location: Hana Highway, Paia
Facilities: Restrooms, outdoor shower, water fountains, barbeques, picnic tables, covered pavilion
Activities: Swimming, Sunbathing, Bodyboarding, Windsurfing, Kiteboarding, Fishing
Must Do: Sunrise beach walk
A gorgeous wide, sandy beach, Baldwin is the epitome of Hawaiian perfection. It’s a favorite weekend hangout for families, and a great spot for visitors looking to enjoy a slice of Maui paradise. The white-sand is postcard quality and the backdrop is stunning. The beach itself stretches nearly a mile from end-to-end and offers an excellent beach walk. At the west end of Baldwin is “Baby Beach”, a great place to bring the kids and aptly named for its protected swimming area. Furthest to the east is “Baldwin Cove”, a small, sandy enclave that can all but disappear during the winter months. The parking lot at Baldwin can fill up quickly, particularly on weekends. The beach is so large, however, that it’s rarely an issue finding your own slice of sand. Ocean conditions are typically calm during the summer. Exercise caution during winter months, though, when large swells can kick up heavy shore break. As with most beaches on Maui’s north shore, heavy winds can affect beachgoing by early afternoon. Go early (before 11 am) to enjoy the calmest conditions. During the right conditions, kiteboarders also launch from the west end of the beach.