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Polihale State Park, Waimea

(4.7/5 based on 650+ 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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  • We have been to Kauai 5 times but never ventured out to the end of the road on the west side. This time we did and glad we made the little adventure. At the end of the highway you take the dirt road t...  more »
  • It's a bit of a drive to get here but we really enjoyed the enormous beach and playing in the waves. It's easy to find your own space because it's so big. Not too many people anyways, and they seem to...  more »
  • This was our 6th trip to Kauai and our first trip to Polihale State Park. It is the westernmost point on the island accessible by car. Per online recommendations, we rented a jeep and it was a good th...  more »