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Polihale State Park

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Address: Off Kaumuali'i Highway, Hwy 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
Phone Number: +1 808-587-0400

A historical state beach park with breathtaking views and landscape.

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Wonderful sunset but compact sedans beware!

They paved the road a little better than last time I was here but today I helped pull a man and his family out of the sand on the way there. I made it fine in my Jeep Compass and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

They paved the road a little better than last time I was here but today I helped pull a man and his family out of the sand on the way there. I made it fine in my Jeep Compass and I would highly recommend a SUV Definitely a sight to see

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful beach with a tough drive getting there. Beach is miles long and you'll feel isolated. Not always safe for swimming but always worth the view. The beer - well the beer is for when you travel the 5 mile dirt, potholed filled road and get stuck you put the beers on the hood of you car and the locals... More 

Thank Dan D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

When it's raining on the north and east coasts it's time to visit Waimea canyon and state parks. You start out st sea level and head up a winding road to about 3400 feet. The canyon looks about a half mile deep, amazing textures and colors. It's rated #1 and it's natural beauty justifies it

Thank TexasOjo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So unbelievable beautiful, not busy, extremely relaxing. The road to get there wasn't the worst we have ever seen, washbord areas and potholes. Just drive slow if you're not in a high vehicle (we took a camaro). Expect it to take awhile to get there driving at 6miles an hour for 4 miles but so worth it at the end.... More 

Thank Amy E
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see if you are visiting Kauai. I visited as the day was approaching sunset. A truly magnificent place to take in the environment and life!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have the guts bringing your rental car or 2wd SUV or 4x4 here, make sure it is not on a rainy day. There was a light rain on my first attempt and I almost got stuck on the trail itself. A good section of the trail after the asphalt road is made of slippery clay, I was barely... More 

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Murrieta, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

if you do not want to go to a beach that is at the beginning of the Napali Coast, that is a thing of majesty, go to "baby beach" in Poipu. Do not come here if you want to go to a beach that is easily accessable, it is a 5 mile drive over very rough unimproved road. Instead travel... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would highly highly highly HIGHLY recommend bringing an SUV type vehicle to get to this park. You will be on a undeveloped dirt road with many potholes on your journey to the actual beach. Once you get there, it is well worth it! From what I understand, this is the most western point of the United States, and a... More 

1 Thank George R
Cottonwood Heights, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great beach to hang-out and do what ever for a few hours, check out and float the Queens Salt Ponds (low tide).. We had jelly fish washing up on shore from the ocean, so watch out!! We drove In/out (20-30mins) with convertable Camero (4-5 miles) very slow, no rain!! Many Car get Oil Pans damage!! Use High... More 

1 Thank Jeffery V
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You need a jeep or suv to get to the beach(that's what the car rental people say) I have done it with every car I rent but it's a conforrt level where you could get a flat tire. The beach is so great and some time you could be the only one there but only get your feet in the... More 


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