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A historical state beach park with breathtaking views and landscape.
As featured in One Day in Kauai
Off Kaumuali'i Highway, Hwy 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Endless vistas of beautiful sand beach and mountains that end at the sea. Remote area of the west coast of Kauai. Half an hour of rough dirt road to get there.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank yancy_baan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was skeptical after all the reviews about the road but without a ton of rain on the west side of the island lately the drive was just fine, in fact we saw many typical cars making the drive. Just make sure when you get...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JasonF620
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is best if you have a 4x4 truck for this drive. We had a Ford Escape and still was very cautious. It is the very western most part to the public. The dirt road was not fun in our suv but having a jeep...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lisa Y
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best beaches in Kauai. Worth the drive. Access road not the best, 4x4 recommended. Definitely worth doing same day as Waimea canyon.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Nick B
Reviewed November 5, 2018

Great state park, isolated and a bit of a hike but worth it. Careful in the water, no life guards and quite the current.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank michaelcG7748ZT
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful beach. The drive was more off road than we expected, and I wasn't sure what we were getting into as we did not see the beach or ocean when driving. Note that once you reach sand you are almost there. I...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Melinda G
Reviewed October 30, 2018

WOW! this was a beautiful spot to spend the afternoon and watch the sunset. There was bathrooms and outside showers to rinse off. The waves were really strong, use extra caution if playing in the water. This is a very long sandy beach therefore it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Isabelle S
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

Take the road to the end and you will arrive at onenof the most spectacular beaches i have ever seen. Don't be surprised if you get it all to yourself.Rental cars beware road in is bad but doable. Can spent all day bring a lunch.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Watsondg
Reviewed October 27, 2018

Getting here was one heck of a ride from Lihue to find the park was closed and road due to landslides and mud but the view from above was well worth the long ride. Beware of the speedtraps in the neighboring towns, saw a lot...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Robert P
Reviewed October 24, 2018

This beach is very nice, secluded and not very populated and it is a bit of a drive to get there. There is about a 4 mile portion that is unpaved and rough for a smaller car. An SUV/SUT is advisable.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Eddie L
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Mark S
May 10, 2018|
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Response from krayon59 | Reviewed this property |
February but check the website and rainfall. If you e had a big long rainy spell it can still flood. Usually may is fine if your going now but a storm can change that
April 9, 2018|
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Response from travel22017 |
It is closed still today. May 12, 2028. Just read the government website. The road should open on May 15th. Apparently it was closed due to all the flooding. ehawaii.gov.
Aaron J
May 26, 2016|
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Response from Teresa S | Reviewed this property |
On a Friday afternoon, I could count perhaps 10 vehicles along a lengthy stretch of perhaps half a mile of beach. It is limited in the number of visitors due to the long, rough ride to reach this beach. Be aware, there are... More