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Makena State Park

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Beautiful long beach in Wailea

Great beach with lifeguard. Lots of free parking and lots of places to park for the day. Stay on... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Howardru
,
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
HOME TO BIG BEACH

This state park is home to what is referred to as Big Beach or Makena Beach. This is a great area... read more

Reviewed May 10, 2018
SoCalOregonian
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Murrieta, California
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“shore break” (9 reviews)
“parking lot” (12 reviews)
“beautiful beach” (19 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Wailea, Maui, HI
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"shore break"
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"parking lot"
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"beautiful beach"
in 19 reviews
"taco truck"
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"deep sand"
in 2 reviews
"lava fields"
in 2 reviews
"life guards"
in 5 reviews
"short walk to the beach"
in 3 reviews
"on duty"
in 4 reviews
"trees for shade"
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"porta potties"
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"rough surf"
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"highly recommend this beach"
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"large waves"
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"food truck"
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"maui beaches"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great beach with lifeguard. Lots of free parking and lots of places to park for the day. Stay on Big beach or walk the hill on the right side over to Baby beach for the clothing optional beach

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Reviewed May 10, 2018

This state park is home to what is referred to as Big Beach or Makena Beach. This is a great area to come and spend the day. Just ensure you bring what you need, as there is nothing close. Porta-potties near the parking lot are...More

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Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

An amazing stretch of shoreline, but a very popular (crowded) beach. The shore break can be quite extreme due to the shore bottom. Lifeguards were on duty when we were there.

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Reviewed April 24, 2018

This is an absolutely beautiful beach. The only thing I didn't like was that swimming was almost impossible due to the rather large waves. There were a few intrepid souls in the water but most people were clearly there just to enjoy the gorgeous sand...More

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Reviewed April 15, 2018

This is a popular location for locals and tourists. It is a nice beach for sunning, sitting, and walking. Given its popularity, and finite parking (there are two separate parking lots, one on each end of the beach), it is a better place to visit...More

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Reviewed April 2, 2018

The beach is wide, deep sand and long. The view over to Molokini is stunning and the closeness to the lava fields mean the sands have that caramel color but just a tad more of the black specs than many other Maui beaches. Amazing...

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Reviewed April 1, 2018

Makena State Park has a large beautiful beach with a lifeguard station. Parking is available and the beach is somewhat close to the parking lot. The best part of this park are the waves. Be prepared for some rough surf at times and an enjoyable...More

Thank AnOutdoorEnthusiast
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Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

It was beautiful! I’d go for a few hours then leave and go to another beach for swimming. The shore break warning is not a joke. My husband and I went I. And he was holding my arm and it knocked us both down hard!...More

Thank musicmom88
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Reviewed March 24, 2018

Beautiful state park, a lot of things to do, you can enjoy on the Big Beach, hike to the Little beach, enjoy the overlook in between. Plan a whole day here, it totally worth. The food trucks doesn’t offer very good food so I recommend...More

Thank Kosta-Macedonia
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Reviewed March 16, 2018

Beautiful, scenic, nice long to walk on - but dangerous. The incoming waves pound mercilessly at the impact zone that must be traversed to get out into the water. Nice place to sit & watch the waves though. Bonus: there's always a Jaws food &...More

Thank ninebelow0
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