Welcome to Charley Young Beach
Stretch your legs with a stroll along the wild and natural Charley Young Beach, which offers plenty of soft sand and beauty.
Overview of Charley Young Beach
Standing guard at the northern tip of Kihei's Kamaole 1 beach is Charley Young Beach, a sheltered 3-mile park. The beach is named after the late Charley Young, a former landowner whose property led to the beach.
The sandy shore lies between the blue-green waters of the Pacific and a row of residential homes. The sand is golden and fine-textured, and you can swim right out into the ocean; no need to worry about stepping on rocks or coral. As such, the local population loves this beach! Locals and visitors alike appreciate the relaxed atmosphere here.
Getting There- Charley Young Beach
Located at the north end of Kamaole I Beach on South Kihei Road; we recommend driving down Pi'ilani Highway. Keep your eyes peeled for Alanui Ke Alii Parkway. Turn right onto South Kihei Road, go two blocks, and turn left onto Kaiau Pl. Immediately on your right, you can park. Then, head down this street until you encounter the pathway that faces the beach.
Essential Tips for a Charley Young Beach Visit
Parking your car at this beach is a bit challenging. The closest parking lot sits a block away from the beach. To simplify the process, we recommend that one member of your party double-park at one of the three loading zones to unload your beach gear. The three designated loading zones sit at the end of Kaiau Place at the top of the stairs leading to the beach. After unloading your gear, your party member can drive to the parking lot while you wait for them to return.
Charley Young Beach Amenities
Unfortunately, there are no lifeguards on duty. Yet you can find portable toilets and showers. Fortunately, the Ironwood trees at this end of the beach offer plenty of valuable beach shade.
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Fun Activities at Charley Young Beach
Family Activities at Charley Young Beach
The calm and shallow waters make this beach a favorite place for locals with young children. As such, families and their children enjoy swimming here. Children and adults enjoy boogie-boarding on the shore break during the summer- the best season. This beach is also a good location for stand-up paddleboarding, and you will often see many boards out on any given morning.
The fine and soft sand makes it perfect for fun activities like volleyball or building sandcastles. Protected from the road noise and lined with plenty of shade, enjoy a nice picnic with the family here, especially since this beach is far less crowded than most Kihee beaches!
Charley Young Beach Activities
This secluded but wild and natural beach holds so much opportunity for fun.
Swimming: Visitors and locals alike enjoy the calm and shallow waters here. We view the morning hours as the most peaceful time to savor this scenery.
Beach walks and jogs: With soft sand and great views, take advantage of this long strip of land with a pleasant stroll.
Snorkeling: Go to the calm areas around the north reef for the best snorkeling opportunities. Though the rocky shoreline makes entry tricky, consider the many sea turtles that gather here.
Fishing: Plenty of locals come here to fish. Bring your fishing pole if you are in the mood to catch your dinner.
Boogie-boarding and stand-up paddleboarding: Because of the water’s temperament here, both children and adults can handle these waters blissfully. Plenty of people-particularly locals- flock here during the morning hours on their boards.
Spectacular sunset photos: Spend an evening here to capture the sunset as it covers the wild and raw beauty of this beach.
Nearby Attractions and Sights
Since Charley Young Beach is so close to downtown Kihei, take some time to explore it. Tourists will enjoy visiting the area's small shopping malls, bustling farmer’s markets, and a spate of restaurants, all of which cater to residents and visitors alike. The nightlife pulsates with plenty of karaoke spots, dance clubs, and sports bars around. You're sure to have a good time.