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Polihale State Park, Waimea

(4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Located along the untamed west coast of the island of Kauai, Polihale State Park offers a wild natural environment and one of Hawaii's longest sand beaches. Explore the ecosystem that recalls Hawaii of the past, with rugged cliffs, crashing waves, and sand dunes as tall as 30.5 m (100 ft) above the sea. Wander along the 24 km (15 mi) beach. If you'd like to stay longer, campsites are available, along with restrooms and showers. Though the beach has a calm appearance, rip tides, steep drop-offs, and rough surf make swimming essentially impossible outside a small area. Also note that the 8 km (5 mi) road to the park is unpaved and rough. Heavy rains can make a visit impossible for many cars, so check the weather in advance. Using our world travel planner, Waimea attractions like Polihale State Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I swear I saw a bumper in a pothole on the road to the park. The road in is rough. There are no places to purchase food, etc., but they do have facilities. Beautiful. I didn't swim, but a storm was co...  more »
  • We visited Kauai during their winter months and ventured out to this beach 3 separate times during our stay. It is somewhat of a long drive to reach this beach, but it is well worth it because this sa...  more »
  • Unless you have 4 wheel drive don't even consider going to this beach. If you are renting a vehicle you will be violating your contract if you drive the unpaved road. Nice beach, not special.  more »