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Polihale State Park

Off Kaumuali'i Highway, Hwy 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
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Ranked #3 of 17 attractions in Waimea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Beaches, State Parks
Description: A historical state beach park with breathtaking views and landscape.
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McHenry, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This is a beautiful beach but to get to Polihale you have to drive over very dry land that is very bumpy. Best in a jeep, not in a car. Then you hike up over a hill on hot, hot, did I say HOT sand. Be sure you are not wearing sandals your feet will burn. Other wise very beautiful... More

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New York City, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I grew up in Hawaii and this is one of my two favorite beaches. Polihale is incredibly big (miles of shoreline + distance from sand to surf). The challenge is getting there. Beyond the dirt road mentioned by many, the time required to get from even the Poipu resorts is well over an hour. I've made it in a regular... More

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Getting to the beach is tricky, however, going slowly and avoiding the potholes and sandy areas will get you there in good shape! Park the car where you won't get stuck and walk a ways to get to the beach which is worth the effort.

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Spencer, Indiana
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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The 4.5 mile road to the beach is full of potholes (some large enough to fit your whole vehicle in), however, this made it a fun "adventure;" we had no problem navigating. At the end of the road is a beautiful, quiet beach. Some people drove on the beach, but I would never attempt in a rented vehicle! Just park... More

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Salisbury, Maryland
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127 reviews 127 reviews
32 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

No matter where you are staying on the island, you have to visit this private beach on the south western Na Pali coastline. Getting there can be a little challenging, but the views are amazing. Getting there: Follow the signs past the Pacific Missile Range Facility. There is a dirt road (aka sugar cane road) off to the left. If... More

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Denver, Colorado
18 reviews 18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The road to this beach is off the beaten path, dirt road that probably needs four wheel drive if wet and muddy. But, if the roads are dry, and you are an experienced driver, you won't have any trouble navigating back to this beach. The locals drive right on the beach with trucks, cars should park at the end of... More

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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The drive in is over 5 miles of potholes. Do not go after it rains, unless you have a 4WD. It is well worth the drive in. The beach is secluded and beautiful, with miles of white sand. There are no lifeguards, and the water is pretty rough. There are picnic tables, and bathrooms. Bring a hat, chair, and umbrella,... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

great beach which goes on for miles. the northern strip has a nice backdrop of the Napali coast. Getting there is painful as it is a long drive from any resorts/hotels on Kauai and the 3 miles of dirt road at the end is a really rough ride.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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130 reviews 130 reviews
46 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

A fav with locals. Probably the biggest beach in Hawaii and yet one of the most private. Many locals drive their 4wd's and set themselves up on the beach. A great place to watch the sunrise. The swimming isn't overly inviting however and no lifeguards so be careful. Also, don't attempt to drive to the beach without a 4wd. The... More

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Calgary, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

One day we drove until we could not drive any further. It took us to Polihale Beach. Beautiful. Stunning. Quiet. Light rain. Goats. There was hardly anyone at the beach... some local surf kids and a handful of tourists. No life guards. The breaking surf was pretty rough and the road getting there was also very rough. Enough to shake... More

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