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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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  • If you have the guts bringing your rental car or 2wd SUV or 4x4 here, make sure it is not on a rainy day. There was a light rain on my first attempt and I almost got stuck on the trail itself. A good ...  more »
  • if you do not want to go to a beach that is at the beginning of the Napali Coast, that is a thing of majesty, go to "baby beach" in Poipu. Do not come here if you want to go to a beach that is easily ...  more »
  • I would highly highly highly HIGHLY recommend bringing an SUV type vehicle to get to this park. You will be on a undeveloped dirt road with many potholes on your journey to the actual beach. Once you ...  more »