A local favorite, right off the highway and just west of Paia town, Baldwin Beach is a big stretch of comfortable white sand. This is a good place to lie out, jog, or swim, though the waves can sometimes be choppy and the undertow strong. You can find shade along the beach beneath the ironwood trees, or in the large pavilion, a spot regularly overtaken by local parties and community events.
The long, shallow pool at the Kahului end of the beach is known as “Baby Beach.” Separated from the surf by a flat reef wall, this is where ocean-loving families bring their kids (and sometimes puppies) to practice a few laps. Take a relaxing stroll along the water’s edge from the one end of Baldwin Beach to Baby Beach and enjoy the scenery. The view of the West Maui Mountains is hauntingly beautiful from here.