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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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  • Hard to tell what I'm thinking about this one, right? I would say that it is such a pretty beach and there is hardly anyone there that maybe it is worth the drive. The reason hardly anyone else is at ...  more »
  • Be prepared for a long and bumpy drive getting there. That in itself is an adventure (around 45 minutes one way). When you get to the beach, it's nice, but there are no facilities. We saw many types o...  more »
  • Only go when there hasn't been heavy rains that washed out the dirt road in the past. Always check conditions before going! Don't go alone in the water or go out too far, the waves can strong. No life...  more »