The ten best beaches of Maui are straight from your dreams - golden sand, day after day of perfect weather, and inviting water for a refreshing splash. The only challenge during a trip to this romantic Hawaiian island will be choosing where to soak up the sunshine. Maui has over 120 miles of coastline, and 30 miles of picture-perfect beaches. Before you hop in the rental car and see what you discover, it pays to do a little research on the best beaches near your Maui vacation rental. Not all beaches here offer the same amenities, so if you're looking for a beach that has lifeguards, bathrooms, or calm swimming waters, read on to find the best Maui beach for you.

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Kaanapali Beach

One of the most famous of the ten best beaches in Maui is on the west coast, Kaanapali Beach, which offers three miles of white sand to visitors. Often called "America's best beach," this is also an excellent spot for snorkeling.

Kapalua Beach

Originally called Old Fleming Beach, Kapalua Beach is a local favorite in Maui. It was actually the first beach on the island to earn the title of "America's best beach." Visit more than one that has earned this title from newspapers and magazines to make your own decision.

Kamaole Beach Park I, II, and III

If you're looking for a large, full-service beach with lifeguards, volleyball courts, and excellent swimming conditions, this is the beach for you. Located in Kihei (south Maui), it is a great match for families.

Makena Beach State Park

One of the most famous beaches on the island, Makena Beach State Park delivers a long stretch of white sand and a romantic environment. Don't be surprised to see a beach wedding here.

Wailea Beach

Some visitors like secluded beaches, others like beaches with all the amenities. Wailea Beach is the latter; here you will find restrooms, equipment rentals, and even a paved beach walk for a family stroll. Perfect for visitors who want all the amenities and a beautiful beach too.

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Hamoa Beach

In east Maui, Hamoa Beach in Hana is known for its bodysurfing and swimming. Adventurous travelers can be entertained by the waves here all day.

H.A. Baldwin State Park

Another great option for bodysurfing and swimming; this drop-dead gorgeous beach also offers restrooms and picnic facilities. Parents can relax knowing that lifeguards are on duty watching the kids splash around in the waves. Paia vacation rentals offer easy access.

Kahana Beach Park

Interested in watching some windsurfing? In central Maui, Kahana Beach Park is known as one of the windsurfing capitals on the island. A popular spot for locals, this beach also has great swimming, diving, and picnic facilities.

Keawakapu Beach

Do you love to comb the beach for shells and sea glass? Keawakapu Beach - near Maalaea Bay - is one of the best places in Maui to do so. Located along the southern coast, this beach isn't too far from Wailea.

Puamana Beach County Park

Located in Lahaina, this beach has it all: picnic tables, grills, excellent swimming, bathrooms, and waves that area ideal for beginning surfers. An ideal family beach.