Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Puako

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State Park
Commonly ranked among the most beautiful beaches in the country, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area features everything you could hope for in a beach paradise. Soft, white sand is perfect for sunbathing, long strolls by the shore, or for kids to dig in and play. Enjoy swimming and bodysurfing in the crystal-clear water, or admire the view of the water while hiking the coastal trail. Bring an umbrella, or rent one along with other beach equipment. All the facilities you'll need, including parking, showers, restrooms, and places to buy snacks, are available and easily accessible. The beach is exposed to the open ocean. Though there are lifeguards, be careful in the water, especially during high surf. Before you head to Waimea, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Waimea vacation builder, to make sure you see all that Waimea has to offer, including Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.
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  • The nicest beach on the Big Island. Don't miss this wonderful place on your vacation with beautiful sand and clear water. Fun to bring a boogie board for close in surfing. Life guards on duty and $ 5 ...  more »
  • Very organized beach, from parking to showers, restorooms, baywatch and food shack. Stay on the right side (towards the Hapuna prince hotel) if you want some shade under the trees, you can put your st...  more »
  • Wow!!! What can I say that hasn't already been noted by other travelers... the fine-ness of the sand will amaze even the most discriminating beach-goer. It is worth the $5 parking fee and you may even...  more »
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  • One of the best beaches on the island for playing in the waves. The cabins are bare-bones, but really convenient if you want to be the first person in the water or the last person out. It can get really windy at night, so be prepared! Cabins have a really well-equipped communal kitchen and two shared bathrooms. Bring everything, though. There is a snack bar and beach rental station down on the beach side. Plus there is convenient shopping in Waikoloa and Puako if you need supplies
  • I went here a few weeks ago as a family trip. I would say every thing was truly perfect. We had so much fun just hanging out here sunning ourselves. If you are looking for beach has perfect waves, this Hapuna will live up to your expectation. I wish I would stay here more than a week than Waikiki beach where is always packed with ppl. Good place for families, couples and friends or even by yourself.
  • Absolutely stunning. Varied sand heights, different beach areas, low grade into ocean with bigger waves further out. Good for kids. Lifeguard on duty while we were there.
  • Loved it! Large white sand beach with great waves. Food shack was nice. Restrooms were typical beach restrooms. Life guards were very good
  • Beautiful beach not too far from Kona airport. We stayed until it was time to leave for our 9:47pm flight. It wasn't too crowded and the beach has wash off areas to rinse off. There's also bathrooms but no individual showers. Parking is available for a $5 day fee.