In a nutshell: A dramatically beautiful beach, not just for kids. Protected lagoon for swimming.
Minuses: Can get very windy in the afternoons.
Sound-bite: “E hau`oli e nâ `ôpio o Hawai`i nei.”
Note: There is also a beach called “Baby Beach” in Lahaina.
Baby Beach is a beautiful beach and protected lagoon just before Paia on the North Shore of Maui. An exposed stretch of reef, connected to a rocky red-dirt point on the west end of the beach creates a calm lagoon protected from the ocean. This lagoon is perfect for young keiki and parents. It is also a great place to swim laps, explore, or just and hang out on the beach soaking in the scenery.
Backing the beach are large sand dunes and a wooded area, forming a buffer between the beach, some beach homes and the Maui Country Club. This area is a favorite for kids (and adults) to explore. There are also impressive views all the way down the coastline.
The dunes all along this area are an ancient Hawaiian burial site.
Baby Beach is at the Western end of a one-mile long stretch of uninterrupted beach which includes Baldwin Beach Park and Baldwin Cove. Since the larger beach is long it is popular with runners, walkers and dog owners. (Runners: It is possible to continue on past the cove, a well-worn trail runs along a sea-wall, past a clothing-optional beach and further on to Paia Bay. This extends the end-to-end distance to just over 1.5 miles each way.)
If the tradewinds are blowing strong, a pleasant afternoon at Baby Beach can shift into an irritating sandblasting. Escape into the water, or head to the other end of Baldwin Beach (Baldwin Cove) which is sheltered from the wind.
Mile Marker: #5 (Hwy 36 aka Hana Hwy)
GPS Coordinates: 20.912665,-156.402724
Facilities: There are no lifeguards, showers or facilities at this end, however Baldwin Beach Park has full facilities.
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