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Mauna Kea Beach

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Island of Hawaii, HI HI 96743
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Type: Beaches
Activities: Sunbathing, Swimming, Dining
Description: Located behind the Mauna Kea Hotel.
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

This was an incredible white sand bit of paradise. The water was calm with sand (only beach we visited with sand entry). The snorkeling was clear and beautiful on the left side. The right side was recommended but honestly wasn't as beautiful on this day. We arrived at 8am and the public parking was almost full. Go early, take food... More

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San Diego, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We loved this beach! It's next to a nice resort and had shade. There is only room for 40 cars, so try to get their early or later when people leave. Totally worth it. The beach just south of it, you have to pay for parking. We thought this one was better

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Located behind a resort. They are required to give access but doesn't mean they have to like it. Parking is very limited and is quite a hike away from the beach. When you get there you are on the far left side of the bay away from the resort. There is a change room/bathroom and its smell was only rivaled... More

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Gros Islet, St. Lucia
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167 reviews 167 reviews
47 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

There are only 40 spots allotted for locals so arrive early if you're not staying in the hotel. Find a shady spot under a tree as it gets blisteringly hot. The beach is pristine white fine white sand and turquoise water. There is a great snorkeling spot on the side. There are also changing facilities. Bring your own refreshments. Drinks... More

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San Diego, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

one of best beaches for swimming.Small lot of 30 cars at resort to park but is free.Windy beach in the afternoon.Often see turtles in area.Grab a bit of shade under the big trees and a bit of a wind guard as well.

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Prince George, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We visited this beach 3 times during the week we were on the Big Island. I wished we hadn't wasted time on other beaches before we found Mauna Kea. If we return and could stay at any hotel it would be at Mauna Kea Hotel just because of this beautiful beach but you don't have to stay here to access... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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102 reviews 102 reviews
29 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Went to this beach based on reviews here. Advice... arrive early, as parking is very limited. It's a bit of a walk to the water, but well worth it. Sand is silky smooth. Water is wonderful, with a gradual slope out. Very calm the day we were there, and made for ideal swimming conditions , of course this also means... More

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New Canaan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is a beautiful beach, nice sand, pretty water, when we were there very few people. What few mention is that its a pretty long walk from the parking lot...you slog your stuff in while resort golf carts buzz by you....and its uphill and pretty steep on the way back. With snorkel gear, chairs, etc etc...I asked myself what why... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I thought I could not like a beach better than Hapuna Beach, but I was wrong. Mauna Mea beach is wonderful. My husband wants to read and I want to sunbathe--we both got what we wanted. There is a large fig tree shaded area where people who want the ocean breeze without the sun for their small children or to... More

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Arlington, TN
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Arriving late morning, we took a chance on getting a parking pass and lucked out - might have helped that the day was a bit cloudy. Walked down the driveway to the beach and was so happy we gave it a shot - it was a great beach! Public restrooms (clean enough) with outdoor showers were right next to the... More

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