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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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  • We only saw this place from the water, but it looked like heaven. Locals advised us to bring a source of shade and to NOT DRIVE ON THE SAND--apparently 3-4 cars get stuck there every day and it can be...  more »
  • What a beach, who knew this was even here? Completely came upon it by just taking an adventure drive. Just about when you run out of paved road, you are there!!! 
  • We made it out to Polihale beach about 2 minutes before sunset. It was gorgeous! It was a dirt/sandy road to get to the beach, but it wasn't bad in a minivan. This stretch of beach was SO long. I wish...  more »