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Polihale State Park

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Address: Off Kaumuali'i Highway, Hwy 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
Phone Number: 808-587-0400
Description: A historical state beach park with breathtaking views and landscape.
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Spectacular!

Must see! Travel about 4 miles down a dirt road to the most spectacular beach... wide beach, overlooking the Napali coast. Highly recommend checking out!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Charlotte, NC
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Charlotte, NC
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Must see! Travel about 4 miles down a dirt road to the most spectacular beach... wide beach, overlooking the Napali coast. Highly recommend checking out!

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Germantown, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

A 5 mile drive off of paved roads. VERY bumpy ride. Well worth it! If you have an evening that you would like to watch the sunset in Kauai, this is the place to do it! Soft sand beach and very rough seas. They do not want a lot of people on the beach because there are no lifeguards. Strong... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Yes, the road in is bumpy (for about 5 minutes) and yes, it is a bit far (15 from Waimea). But sometimes the best things in life take a little bit of effort - like getting to Kauai! This is the most beautiful beach! The sand is so soft - no rocks - and clean. This beach is 1 miles... More 

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Toronto
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The dirt road drive to this beach is a bit rough, was fun in a wrangler but would be hard with a car. The sunset was beautiful from this beach, and it has a long stretch of sand. Wish I camped here a night or two.

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Macomb, Michigan
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The drive going in is not to friendly, the dirt road is almost as bad as driving on a Michigan road during the winter. We had a Mustang so we had to be extra careful. The beach and water is gorgeous as is the mountains. The beach can be pretty much isolated if you choose it to be , by... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

You are way better off with a four wheel drive for this trip , the road is horrendous ! At the end is a beach ... that's all just a beach ... a really big beach ... but just a beach ... and some scuzzy toilets and a few shelters with picnic tables that have been vandalised with spray paint... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We have been here before on day trips and it was wonderful. We bought a camping permit for $17. The camp sites are not marked. We found a spot, but a seemingly homeless guy would not approve of us camping there. He had a irrigated garden! He said a bunch of people were coming back . He made us so... More 

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Lynchburg, VA
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is a beautiful place to escape the crowds and take long walks on miles of beach. We were driving a Jeep, but the road wasn't nearly as bad as I expected by the descriptions here. There are bathrooms and a picnic area. We loved it so much we visited twice.

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Goodrich, Michigan
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Although beautiful and rugged, don't do the 5 mile drive unless your vehicle can do an unpaved rough road. There's a pretty picnic area and, when we were there, rough surf, but it is also remote.

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Menton, France
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Not to sound dramatic, but this is truly the most beautiful place we have ever vistied. The beach is amazing, the mountains meet the see as the Napali Coast begins here. Only accessible by 4 wheel drive on a dirt road, you are not bombarded with tourists. It's like having your own semi-private beach.

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