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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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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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156 reviews 156 reviews
43 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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94 reviews 94 reviews
28 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

What a great beach to snorkel at just make sure you get there early to get one of the visitor passes since this is a resort beach. Plenty of places to sit in the shade or plenty of wide open beach. It is quite a drive from Kailua-Kona but well worth it.

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Dubbo
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Am very glad I got a chance to visit this place twice. Not many people, calm water and a relaxing environment in general! Did not have any problems with getting parking which was good. Wish I could had stayed at the resort compared to the bloody hilton!!!!! I would recommend this beach for anyone.

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