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Polihale State Park

Off Kaumuali'i Highway, Hwy 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
808-587-0400
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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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Union, New Jersey
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301 reviews 301 reviews
112 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This park is located at the very end of Rt. 50 which takes you along the South shore of Kaui and up the Western side a short distance. . . . about a 35 mile drive from Lihue. The wide beach was beautiful and had few people on it. The views were fantastic. My friend and I visited it before... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Not too bad to get there. Easy to find but not for every vehicle. Locals in their jacked-up pickup trucks fly over the 5 mile dort road. Tourists in jeeps seem quite content as it can easily be done. SUVs go slow but nothing difficult. The sedans move very slow but made it. Those who rented the sports convertibles: mustangs,... More

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JACKSONVILLE
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The beach at Polihale State Park is literally at the end of the road. It is tough to get to, but the drive (4.5 mile dirt road off the the paved roadway) is worth it. Miles of beach but less than 50 people . What a view!

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New York, New York, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We took the 5 mile drive on the dirt road to this beach, it was well worth it! The views of the Napoli coast were amazing and the beach was so clean. This is a quiet spot for people to relax and go in the ocean. Note that the water was rough and had a big under toe that would... More

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Kauai, Hawaii
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Such a beautiful beach. Seems like you are at the end of the world with the huge beach, mountains behind and ocean in front.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We went here at the suggestion of some locals and it's one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen! Very hot during the day, though, so bring an umbrella and shoes to walk across the sand. The Napali cliffs in the background are incredible!

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Fort Worth
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40 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Worth the trip by itself or as a side trip from Waimea Canyon. Beautiful wide beach that stretches away as far as you can see in both directions with the mountain running into the ocean on the north. About 5 miles off the paved road, first half a washboard gravel/dirt road turning to a narrow sandy road when you get... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This seems to be the best drivable place on island to watch the sunset. But, it is not a quick trip as it is at the end of the road. The beach is huge and we had it almost to ourselves. There is a spot called Queen's Bath that is kind of protected from the waves but the current was... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

No problems getting out there driving a Nissan Versa. The road from the highway to the beach park sign is a gravel road with moderate washerboard - went 20-30mph. After that it is a narrower sand/dirt road. I had no problems with this either - maybe a few potholes or places I had to slow down a bit but went... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

After a long drive on a sandy, rutted road you will find a beautiful, uncrowded beach. Beautiful long stretch of sandy beach with huge cliffs behind it. This is a very hot beach, no shade. Bring water and plenty of sunscreen. Also probably not very safe to swim at. We did not see many people in the water.

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