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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Waimea

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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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  • I love this beach on the Big Island. It is a very long stretch of paradise not to be missed! The sand is abundant and the ocean waves perfect for a boogie board. (Rentals on site) Bring a lot of ocean...  more »
  • We went around 330 pm. Gorgeous white wide sand. Gradual sandy area a long way out. Terrific waves. Lots of lovely people having a great time. Good beach for kids. Nice rinse showers. And someone gett...  more »
  • Like many other beaches on the Big Island, this one is beautiful. What we particularly like about this one is the easy parking (there is a fee) + the sand is very nice and the beach is very long. Care...  more »
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  • Loved it! Large white sand beach with great waves. Food shack was nice. Restrooms were typical beach restrooms. Life guards were very good
  • We came here after visiting the nearby hotel and had a great day at the beach. Great facilities here that support what I think is the nicest beach on the island. We snorkeled around the reefs at the southern end of the park and played in the super small waves. Waves are supposed to be good most of the time but it was still lots of fun. Sand is super soft.
  • Most favorite beach on the island! Great facilities and super for family days and picnics. Non residents have an entrance fee though.
  • Very nice beach. Sandy and easy to get in the water. The waves were rough when I visited but it was still fun.
  • Beautiful golden sand beach. Ample parking ($5 for non residents). Easy for swimming, and nice shore break for boogie boarding. There's a small rocky area where the beach is deeper that's okay for snorkeling but there are many better places on the island for that.