Baldwin Beach Park

Paia, HI

Baldwin Beach Park – A Local Favorite on Maui’s North Shore

Baldwin Beach Park is located along the northern coast of Maui and it’s well known for its pristine sands, clear waters, and breathtaking views. It’s a big beach (spanning over 17 archers) and is a favorite for both locals and tourists alike, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty, recreational activities, and cultural experiences.

It’s a very wide open beach, lots of room, and very bright.  The water is crystal clear and the combination of the sun, light breeze, (gentle if it’s morning, might be “more than gentle” in the afternoon!) and clear water gives this a paradise vibe.  Stretching for nearly a mile along the shoreline, this beach provides plenty enough space for visitors to spread out and enjoy the tranquility of the ocean.

The waters here can be calm and inviting in the morning, but usually is a little rough towards the afternoon. It’s great for swimming, but if you have little ones, you can go to the east corner of the beach were you’ll find a little cove like area that blocks the waves. I used to take my daughter there all the time when she was young. And as a bonus, that’s where all the turtles hang out!

Here is a great picture I took from where we usually set up our tent / chairs.  This is in the east corner of the beach, and you can see in the right part of the photo the rocks.  This little cove area is where we swim (this is my daughter favorite spot) and we ALWAYS see turtles here.  Both laying on the beach and swimming in the water.

Those seeking a bit more excitement can try their hand at bodyboarding or catch a wave on their surfboards, with consistent swells rolling in (usually mid-day to afternoon).

One of my favorite things about Baldwin Beach is its backdrop of lush greenery and towering palm trees. The beach is bordered by a sprawling ironwood forest, providing shade and a scenic backdrop for picnics, beach games, or simply relaxing in a hammock strung between the trees.

Facilities at Baldwin Beach Park include showers, restrooms, picnic tables, and barbecue grills, making it easy to spend an entire day enjoying the beach with family and friends. They do also have lifeguards stationed on duty during peak hours, ensuring the safety of swimmers and beachgoers.

Baldwin Beach Pavilion

Baldwin beach is also a perfect place to witness a gorgeous sunset. It’s such a big beach and has wide open views of the sky from end to end. Lots of locals catch the sunset here, including myself (I live close by in Paia).

Baldwin beach park is great because it’s off the beaten path so not super crowded with other tourists, but it has all the facilities a lot of private beaches don’t have. This is a classic local beach that really embodies the essence of paradise. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or a fun family gathering, Baldwin Beach offers something for everyone. If you are looking for a more private-style beach that’s close by, check out Spreckelsville beach (specifically Camp One).  There are not any facilities there (like no restrooms / showers, and not ADA accessible), but if you have kids it’s a safe spot to for them to swim as its protected by a long stretch of reef.  If it’s a Sunday morning, you might even see me there with my kids!

Directions / Location:

Public Restrooms

One comfort station and three portable toilets

Swimming:

Shore swimming, boogie boarding, lifeguard on duty

Picnic Areas:

One covered picnic pavilion with 18 tables and a concessions kitchenette. Three uncovered picnic tables and three barbeque grills.

ADA Accessibility:

None

Parking:

Access road shoulder parking with space for approximately 100 cars. One unmarked sand lot with approximately 70 spaces.