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

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All to myself

I drove the slightly rough road all the way to the beach head. I almost got the small SUV stuck. I was pleasantly surprised to have the entire beach to myself for a good 30... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
cbo1870
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Madison Heights, Michigan
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Madison Heights, Michigan
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179 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I drove the slightly rough road all the way to the beach head. I almost got the small SUV stuck. I was pleasantly surprised to have the entire beach to myself for a good 30 minutes. I thought the surf was a little too rough for my liking to swim. Nevertheless, I did enjoy listening to the sound of the... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not a swimming beach but a beautiful walk in a remore area. Wonderful scenery with a strong undercurrent.

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Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went to Polihale for a late afternoon beach walk, sunset, and hopefully some star gazing. The clouds rolled in to nix the star gazing, but everything else at the beach was great. We had the long, wide beach mostly to ourselves (though there's a camp site at the north end that probably hosted several groups). The surf was way... More 

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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451 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 702 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is one of the most spectacular ocean front views in the world, period. Yes it has a spectacular beach that I tried swimming when I was young and fit. I still remember the strong surf and stronger rip tide, scary. Every year when visiting Kauai we read about another tourist drowning here. Do not swim here but go for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is my favorite beach on the island, maybe it's the rugged dirt road to get there that makes the adventure more fun! The beach is beautiful and seems endless, the Na Pali coastline view is amazing!! Very hard to do any swimming at this beach because of the waves but who cares! I love it! It's so quiet and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Road not as bad as advertised... of course, conditions were perfect for us. Rain or flooding could have been a disaster

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Seattle, WA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not go after driving the dirt road for a while. Too long dirt road for us but it was probably best for us.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you get a chance to visit the Polihale State Park and beach. This beach is never busy and is our very favorite beach on the island of Kauai. You do have to drive down a dirt road, approximately 4 miles. Check your rental agreement if you have a rental car. I definitely recommend a 4 wheel drive as this... More 

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San Diego, California
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove to this state park in late afternoon, the first day we arrived at Kekaha, Kauai, and walked to a mostly deserted beach, walk any further and we'd be climbing the walls of the steep Na Pali coast mountains! Just as we got close to the waves, it started to rain. Since there were no shelters and we didn't... More 

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This park and beach were incredible! The beach runs directly into the Napoli Coast cliffs and the views are spectacular!

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