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Polihale State Park

Off Kaumuali'i Highway, Hwy 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
808-587-0400
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$149*
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Ranked #3 of 18 Attractions in Waimea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, State Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: A historical state beach park with breathtaking views and landscape.
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Type: Beaches, State Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: A historical state beach park with breathtaking views and landscape.
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Alaska
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44 reviews 44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Not the place to go if you are looking for a place to swim but an awesome place for a romantic walk on the beach and watch the waves roll in. It is also one of the best places on the island in spots to walk the break line and collect shell pieces that are polished out like glass for... More 

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42 reviews 42 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

This is a great beach with a truly picturesque stone cove. The stone enclosed swiming area protects from waves, and creatures. There is plenty of parking the the facilities were clean and well taken care of

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Leduc, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

We started driving West from Waimea just to see the area and saw the sign for this park and was nervous at first but pushed forward. Road has some potholes and washboarding but not all that bad (just took it slow in our rental van). Went to day use area, walked around on beach and grabbed some photos of the... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The end of the road - last beach before NaPali Coast starts. Little bit of a drive to get there, but well worth it. Plan to spend the better part of the day there. Bring a lunch or stop in town on the way through, so you have the ability to stay longer and enjoy the empty, crowd free experience.... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My husband and I don't surf but just sitting on the beach watching these incredible waves and people who dared to take on the huge waves was beautiful. The road was bumpy but we had a mustang convertible and it made it just fine. If you dare to try something off the beaten path and enjoy what Kauai is like... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Polihale State Park is a must see if you are visiting Kauai. Enduring the long dirt road is worth it. The beach is a great place for a jog, and is an excellent place to look for shells in the morning. If you have time to spare camp there for the night. Barbecue along the shore with a beautiful sun... More 

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Cantrall, IL
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Although the road is rough driving, it is well worth it.... Huge sand dunes.... Large waves... Grandsons really enjoyed it.... Nothing like we have seen before in our travels... It is wrth the time to get there...

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Espoo, Finland
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11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Polihale is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever visited. The surf was very high and swimming was not an option. I have read many reviews about the bad condition of the road to reach the beach. I can tell you that it's just a regular dirt road. There might be issues during rain, but on a sunny... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This beach is so long and wide, that you feel like you might be one of a handful of people, if not the only person, there experiencing it. We camped here for one night, and next time we will camp for six. Such a special experience to wake up to a mile long beach all to yourself. We ate breakfast... More 

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Guilford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We decided to visit based on our map and what we learned on our Blue Dolphin Na Pali cruise. While we were a little uncertain at the seemingly endless dirt road (level, a little bumpy but nothing a 2WD rental car can't handle) once we arrived at the camp ground, we were treated to one of the best beaches on... More 

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