Kaanapali Beach, the “Jewel of Maui,” as it is called – West Maui resort was once named the best beach in America. It’s no surprise this resort once received that designation, as it served in the past as a retreat for royalty. Interestingly, this Maui resort was the first one planned in Hawaii. It offers five different hotels and six condominium villages. On the front of the beach is Whalers Village, which gives tourists a second-to-none shopping experience. Tourists and their families can also visit the renowned whaling museum and experience Hawaiian culture, free of charge. If you are the type who enjoys more traditional recreation, the area also sports two golf courses, with prime locations for viewing whales.