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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

Open Now: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Open today: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Best Sun and Sand

Hapuna is the place for sun and sand. Take the boogie boards and snorkel gear. Some days there... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Best Beach Park on the Big Island

Very low key. Plenty of room to spread out, didn’t feel crowded. Great parking and facilities... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Anchorage, Alaska
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One of the nicest sand beaches on the Kohala coast.
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Old Puako Road, Puako, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
+1 808-961-9540
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Hapuna is the place for sun and sand. Take the boogie boards and snorkel gear. Some days there are good boogie board waves, in most cases even for little boarders. On the flat water days there is an out cropping of rocks to snorkel around....More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank KailuaKona19
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very low key. Plenty of room to spread out, didn’t feel crowded. Great parking and facilities. Beautiful beach, great for the whole family. Amazing experience, would return in the future!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Amazing beach. Worth the $5 fee, you won’t regret it. Saw lots of turtles off the reef on the beach and the water is amazing. Great facility

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank veggienb
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Absolutely gorgeous beach!!! Quite a hidden gem. Get there by 9 am for best parking. It’s a small beach and smaller parking lot but worth it! There is a bathroom at the end of the road where you walk to the beach.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Cindy K
Reviewed 6 days ago

Fortunately we brought along a beach umbrella because there was no shade on what I believe is the longest white sand beach on the Big Island. Entry was $5 per car. Almost no stones underwater. Somewhat windy with lots of boogie boards but nice swimming...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Stephen J
Reviewed 1 week ago

White sandy beach with plenty of shore break waves offering those a diverse list of activities to be done here. Surfing, body boarding, boogie boarding, sand castles, beach strolling, people watching and just playing in the water. Snorkeling may not be all that good. Multiple...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Tom B
Reviewed 1 week ago

After almost drowning in my first attempt to snorkel in the ocean, we drove to the (similarly) isolated area of Hapuna Beach which provided a perfect place to watch the sunset. I didn't attempt to go into the water again but upon watching the surfers...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Shelgggg
Reviewed 1 week ago

wonderful quintessential Haqwaiian beach, warm silky sand, gentle slope, sandy bottom, don't need shoes! The surf is big in the winter, perfect for boogie boards. Very mild in the summer. Clear clean waster, fish and turtles often spotted. Perfection.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Phyllis C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Three of us from our family of eight went to the beach around 10:00 AM on a Monday morning. The beach is free but there is a $5 fee for parking. Plenty of parking at that time but when we left several hours later the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Huskerredhead22
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed this public beach. The sand and waves are beautiful, and easy to swim in. Great beach!

Date of experience: April 2019
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Mary W
February 16, 2019|
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Response from MmmmmmChocolate | Reviewed this property |
There are multiple paths without steps that wind down the hill to the beach from the car park. There is designated parking close to the paths but it’s a bit of a walk/roll down to the beach. You can’t drive down. I didn’t... More
July 17, 2018|
Response from julie y | Reviewed this property |
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July 17, 2018|
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Response from SummerGirl71 | Reviewed this property |
$5.00 for non-Hawaii residents to enter park. I believe you can rent about anything—umbrellas, chairs, snorkel gear. I didn’t go up to the rental shed myself, but there were plenty of people coming back with beach stuff.