North Shore,  Oahu

5 Best North Shore Oahu Beaches

If you’re looking for the absolute best North Shore Oahu Beaches – you’re at the right place. Home to some the biggest surf competitions in the world, the North Shore’s beaches are some that you cannot miss out on when visiting Oahu.

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The 5 Best North Shore Oahu Beaches

1. Waimea Bay Beach Park

The beautiful and lively Waimea Bay Beach Park - 5 Best North Shore Oahu Beaches

Waimea Bay Beach Park is one of the most lively beaches on the island. Every time I visited, there were people playing football or soccer and having a good time. If you’re looking to cliff jump off the famous Waimea Bay rock, which is 23 feet tall, we recommend going during the summer months. During summer months, waves are much more mellow, while during winter months, waves reach up to 25-35 feet high, which is a good time to sit back and watch the professionals surf. Don’t expect to swim during the winter months.

There is also a 26-foot rock wall that you can rock climb year round. The only downside to this beach would have to be the parking. It is very small and can get filled up quickly, so we recommend coming to this beach earlier in the day from 8:00 am-10:00 am. Click here for our full article on Waimea Bay Beach Park. We include 5 awesome things to do to make your visit to the beach amazing.


2. ‘Ehukai Beach Park (Pipeline)

Ehukai Beach Park (Pipeline) - 5 Best North Shore Oahu Beaches

If you’re visiting during the winter months, get ready for a show. This is the go-to place to watch surfer’s shred the waves. Don’t miss out on seeing one of the craziest events that happen’s on the North Shore – make sure to visit ‘Ehukai Beach Park. Parking and traffic can get intense so make sure to keep that in mind. If you’re visiting during summer time, it’s a solid beach to hang out and swim at.


3. Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach Park - 5 Best North Shore Oahu Beaches

During winter months, Sunset Beach is the perfect place to visit to watch professionals surf some of the biggest waves on the island. Sunset Beach is home to the World Cup of Surfing competition and some other big surf competitions. With its soft sand and cool waters, it’s a solid beach that you just cannot miss out on.


4. Pupukea Beach Park

Girl relaxing in a tube at Sharks Cove in North Shore Oahu - 5 Best North Shore Oahu Beaches

Pupukea Beach Park is where Sharks Cove is located. If you’re looking for the absolute best snorkeling spot on the North Shore, this is the place to be. It is safest to go during summer months due to the strong currents during winter months. The parking lot is on the smaller side, so we recommend coming earlier in the day (8:00 am – 10:00 am) to ensure a spot. If the parking lot is full, or the current is too strong, a good alternative to Sharks Cove is Kuilima Cove, which is located at Turtle Bay Resort.


5. Laniakea Beach

Laniakea Beach Park - 5 Best North Shore Oahu Beaches

Laniakea Beach is a beautiful beach to relax and bathe in the sun. This is a very well-known place to see turtles and is a phenomenal place to watch the sunset.


BONUS: Turtle Bay

The beautiful Turtle Bay - 5 Best North Shore Oahu Beaches

The Turtle Bay Resort is one of the more higher-end places on stay on Oahu. It features a beautiful beach that has Kuilima Cove – which is a solid alternative to Sharks Cove. Turtle Bay is one of the most protected swimming spots on the North Shore, so if you’re looking for a good place to swim with kids, this is a solid place to go.


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