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Polihale State Park

Off Kaumuali'i Highway, Hwy 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
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Ranked #2 of 16 attractions in Waimea
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Beaches, State Parks
Description: A historical state beach park with breathtaking views and landscape.
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Augusta, Georgia
11 reviews 11 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We stayed on the west side in Navy Cottages and almost missed knowing this beach even existed. We made the VERY long SLOW drive in our mustang convertible and almost turned back a few times. I was very glad we didn't. Out of all the beaches we saw (admitting that half the places we tried to see on the north... More

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Reno, Nevada
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Going to this beach was the highlight of my trip in 2009. I think the ability to swim in clear water with fine sand under your feet is delightful. This beach has that and lots of room to walk. I love it & will definitely return. Kathy Olsen

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Palm Springs, California, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This is worth driving the 5 miles on a rutted dirt road. We were hesitant to try it, but went slowly and were rewarded with a most spectacular bit of Mother Nature. A very long beach with very few people and a spectacular view of the West end of the Na Pali coast. The ocean is a beautiful, pure turquoise.... More

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84 reviews 84 reviews
36 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We have been to this beach several times and because the old road about 5 miles long is dirt and VERY bumpy, it keeps people away. The beach is huge and one of the best places for sunsets. Allow extra time to get there due to the road conditions Would not recommend this trip if it is wet.

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Bumpiest road on the planet but a great beach at the end. We did not stay long as it was terribly windy that day but the adventure was worth it. The views of the mountains were spectacular and the beach is very nice. Just wish we could have tolerated the wind. There were very few people there and i bet... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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45 reviews 45 reviews
33 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Last 6 km before reaching this beach were really rough (terrain car is more proper than camaro, but when driving carefully you can get there), nevertheless is was surely worthy. Amazing waves, blue water, white sand and steep hills next to it.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The beach on Kauai's southwest side at Polihale state park is magnificent. It is about three miles long, very wide and when we there, very lightly used. The sand is soft and clean, and the waves are often very impressive. It is not easy to get there; you will better off with a four wheel drive vehicle, especially if it... More

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Olympia, Washington
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30 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

It really is a beautiful place, but your auto rental agreement will not allow you to go there. The last bit of road is rough with serious sand patches you can get VERY stuck in. It is also windy and the sand does blow. But put up with all of that and you will be treated to one of the... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Polihale State Park is peaceful and breathtaking. It takes ~30 minutes, driving very slowly over a potholed dirt road-- but this beach is worth it. It was practically deserted-- beautiful views on a quiet beach. Wouldn't recommend swimming, as you can see the riptides swirling. No bathroom facilities. Recommend bringing a picnic and some towels, and enjoy some alone time... More

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Parker, Arizona
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Polihale State Park is a gem on the west coast of the island. The road into the park is a little rough but if you take it slow it is well worth the drive in. There was hardly anyone there and we basically had the coastline to ourselves, making it the perfect little place to get away from it all... More

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