Soft warm sand and crashing waves await at some of the best Hawaii beaches, many of which are found on the beautiful island of Maui. Hawaii’s second-largest island has earned its affectionate nickname, “The Valley Isle,” in a nod to its diverse landscape. From lush rainforests and towering mountains to cascading waterfalls and glorious beaches, there’s something for every vacationer to explore here. But what about accommodations for your pet? Find a fabulous pet-friendly rental to use as home base before setting out to experience all that Maui has to offer. We know you’re going to love your trip to Maui. The hardest part will be deciding which beach to check out first.

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Ka’anapali Beach

Whether you’re looking for beach activities or some stellar people watching, Ka’anapali Beach is sure to please. This 1.5-mile-long beach is nestled right in the middle of Ka’anapali Resort and other hotels, giving you plenty of access to activities like sailing, parasailing, surfing and volleyball. If you’re a snorkeling enthusiast, check out Black Rock on the beach’s north end.

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Makena Beach

Makena Beach State Park is a sparkling gem along the Maui coastline. Choose from three entrances and two different beaches. Big Beach is popular for weddings, sunbathing and swimming, while Little Beach boasts an eclectic atmosphere and a bathing suit-optional policy. Whichever beach you choose, take one visit and you’ll quickly see why Makena is one of Hawaii’s most photographed stretches of sand. Just watch out for rogue waves. Big Beach is known for some rough surf, and the on-duty lifeguards frequently caution visitors to stay aware while they’re here.

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Keawakapu Beach

Some folks call it one of south Maui’s best kept secrets. Others enjoy its peaceful, secluded vibe. This small stretch of sand is nestled between Kihei and Wailea, and it offers some outstanding conditions for taking a dip. It’s also a great spot to park yourself, your furry friend and your kids for a few hours on the soft, white sand outside. Snorkelers enjoy exploring the underwater reef here, too.

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Baldwin Beach State Park

Ask anyone on the North Shore where the best beach is, and you’re going to hear all about Baldwin Beach. It’s popular, beautiful and has plenty of space to stretch out and relax. As a bonus, Baldwin Beach has amenities like restrooms and showers. It’s also a popular spot to walk dogs, go skim boarding and swimming. Plus, the Baby Beach on Baldwin’s west end boasts a salt water pool that’s perfect for little ones to splash around in. On the east end, the Cove is an eclectic area perfect for swimming, listening to live music or practicing a little yoga.

Napili Bay

Swimmers love the calm waters and golden sand at Napili Bay beach in Lahaina. This large stretch is situated right near Napili Kai Resort, and it offers gentle surf that’s ideal for families who want to cool off in the water. It’s also a favorite spot for snorkelers and folks looking to snap the perfect sunset photo. An added bonus is that the Napili area boasts plenty of condos, which is great if you’re in the market for a Maui beach rental that’s pet friendly.