Magic Sands
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Brown_Samantha
Kennewick, WA1,394 contributions
Apr 2022
We were staying at the White Sands Village condo just across the street. This cute little beach made it easy for sunset viewing, body surfing, swimming, or just plain people watching.

Not a snorkeling spot, but has a nice strip of white sand beach. Lots of locals come to play in the water. it is quite popular. Some parking spots, but most people just park along the road. It has some facilities.

Beautiful sunsets here!
Written April 17, 2022
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caribcruiser2015
Snohomish, WA260 contributions
Jul 2022
I gave this a 4 because it is a small beach with very little parking. arrive early in the morning to find a parking spot and to find a spot that will be shady when the sun gets hot. If you get too close to the many rocks, the lifeguards will holler at you through their microphone. This is a good spot for younger kids to play in the sand, and it has picnic tables, restrooms, outdoor shower, and a volleyball net.
Written August 27, 2022
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tumbleweed_travels
Amarillo, TX1,045 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Went here twice on our vacation. It’s right in the middle of town with lots of people. It’s a small beach with white sand and an undertow. Good for swimming but not great for snorkeling. The second time we went with teenage relatives and they liked it. No bathrooms, had limited parking lot across the street otherwise park along road wherever you can. There was a shave ice food truck at parking lot and random dude selling fresh coconuts. Pretty sunset, quite crowded, as it is right on the main drag of Kailua-Kona. A bit too small and crowded for our taste. We drove 30 min south and found hidden gems much more to our liking.
Written December 4, 2021
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Karen S
Burke, VA19 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
This beach is super dangerous for young kids (apparently the third most dangerous in the state). It’s all giant mossy rocks, no real sandy areas or gentle shore break, so people were riding huge breaks into boulders. Definitely not for the under 12 crowd. We ended up leaving after 10 minutes because my 8 year old couldn’t safely play. This was low tide in July, I can’t imagine other times.
Written July 31, 2022
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Lisa H
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Family
Really surprised this is ranked in the top 10 things to see on the big island. It’s a cute, but small beach. There are definitely better ones. It’s very crowded and the reef will tear you up if you don’t know what you are doing. Watched lots of kids get taken down like bowling pins by boogie boarders. The beach does have a life guard.
Written July 18, 2022
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James
Hilo, HI179 contributions
Aug 2021
Perfect beach to enjoy the ocean if you are on vacation or a local. The lifeguards in the area try to keep everyone safe. I got the impression this is a local hotspot for surfing and bodyboarding. The waves on calm days are perfect. If there is a strong current with waves over 15 to 20 feet, I would advise most people not to go into the water. I went out myself with fins and I was barely able to swim out of the current.
Written August 19, 2021
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Ines M
Miami Lakes, FL119 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
This is NOT a beach for small kids but teens and experiences swimmers. This is the 3rd most dangerous beach due to how rough the waves are. However, the sand is white with no rocks and if you have a boogie board then it is an absolute must. If you have snorkel gear you can also enjoy the different fish that are swimming on the sides of the beach. By far my favorite beach!!
Written June 18, 2021
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Fred L
San Jose, CA1,515 contributions
Jul 2021
My family and I were on vacation in the Waikoloa Beach Resort area in July and we went to Magic Sands Beach. It was a little bit of a drive for us. We had to park on the side of the road and walk to the beach. The sand was soft and the water was clear and warm. The beach was relatively small but was not overly crowded the day we were there. The waves were pretty strong and it was great for boogie boarding. Our girls (6 & 8) enjoyed playing in the water but our 6 year old wanted to play closer to the beach after one of the waves took her out. So I recommend that you keep an eye on little ones. We did enjoy ourselves but we prefer bigger beaches.
Written August 15, 2021
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Rob K
Monterey, CA26 contributions
Jul 2019
Unit 314 is the corner unit right next to the park. The noise from the park and lack of privacy makes the unit not as desirable as the other third and second floor units. Over the years I have stayed in several units E.G. #311 and I suggest going for one of the remodeled units in the center of the building. The views are always great. The beach can get overwhelmed with tourists, so you also might want to consider further down Alii Drive, closer to the stores.
Written June 3, 2020
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LarsieB
Denver, Colorado, USA1,223 contributions
Aug 2021
We decided to try and body surf at Magic Sands Beach after having watched people body and board surf while eating dinner at Magics Bar and Grill. This is the first time we've never lasted long at a beach. While this beach is stunning the conditions on the day we went were treacherous and busy with quite a bit of rock in the shoreline (we had a few scrapes from getting dumped by the time we left). This beach is not for the faint hearted. But even if you don't want to swim here it's fun to watch people catching the waves and most importantly to see a beautiful beach.
Written November 15, 2021
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