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Hapuna Beach

Highway 19, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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Ranked #1 of 19 attractions in Kohala Coast
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, State Parks
Activities: Snorkeling, Swimming
Description: One of the nicest sand beaches on the Kohala coast.
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Colorado Springs
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63 reviews 63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

State park, so it only cost $5 per car. Parking is fairly close to the beach, with a large grassy area and pavilion between the patking lot and the beach. Very nice, large, white sand beach. Several old coral reefs just off shore. Snorkeled with plenty of fish and a very contented turtle, who just kept grazing while I watched.

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Santa Maria, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Wow! The views of this beach are spectacular! The water crystal clear. The day we went it was rather windy but I was told that is not common. We stopped by to check out this beach and came back the next day to stay longer. You do have to pay $5.00 to park, but I would say it is worth... More

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

When we went there really weren't a lot of people, we had an amazing time snorkelling there, I think I would have spent my whole vacation on this beach if I could have!

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Felt this was one of nicest beaches in area , only beach better was one at Mauna Kea Hotel but not much too choose between the two. Swimming was great, some snorkeling at little rock / reef in the middle of beach, saw turtles there.

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Eugene, Oregon
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is nothing special, really. It's just a classic beach. There is no shade and it is usually crowded. I prefer smaller beaches with more shade and topographical variation (tide pools, rocks, etc.) I don't understand why everyone raves about it.

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St. John's, Canada
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83 reviews 83 reviews
33 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is the Big Island's version of the classical beach. The sand is like brown sugar and the gently sloping shoreline makes it good for swimming and frolicking in the surf. This is a fairly large beach by Hawaii standards so while there is almost always a crowd here, there should still be plenty of room. It is a state... More

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

White sands, Turquoise water and waves just right for body surfing. One of the two best beaches I have ever visited. The other being Paradise beach in Playa del Carmen

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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This beach was probably an oasis 20 years ago. But everyone has heard about it and must go there. It is overcrowded and virtually ruined. There are so many better beaches up and down the coast. Go to the beach across from the Veterans memorial or at the Mauna Kea hotel. They are excellent and not that crowded.

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15 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

This is a big, beautiful, white sand beach. It was well worth the $5 we had to pay for parking. There is lots of parking and lots of room on the beach. The washrooms, like every other washroom I've seen are this island, are absolutely disgusting. There are also really nice shaded picnic areas.

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Hilo, Hawaii
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A great day trip from Hilo. There are different areas to the beach and lots of decent snorkeling. I will make many more trips here during my extended stay in Hilo.

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