It's off the beaten path, tough to to get to, and requires either a rough hike or paying for a ride, but it is truly amazing. The green sand beach is only one of two in the world. You are literally swimming in the crater of an old volcano, where the southern side has fallen out to allow the sea to come crashing in. You are in a natural bowl, with green sand under you, cliffs rising all around you, and a turquoise sea crashing at your feet. The trick is getting there. I highly recommend paying the locals who line up to take you for $10-20 a head. Otherwise, it is a 5-6 mile round trip hike, and not a very pleasant one. Stiff winds blow a constant red dust as you trudge along a deeply rutted, unclear trail. "Deeply rutted" needs to be explained. If a battalion of tanks had played a polo match during a once in a millennium rain, then it was baked hard again, that might explain it better. Also, the distance and even direction can be deceiving. You are just basically out there in this plain, sort of following a coast line towards a destination that you cannot really see until you are upon it. I'll hike anywhere, but this one didn't seem worth it to me, especially after seeing the terrain from the back of a truck with the local "talking story" and having me and my family laughing our butts off. Two last things that don't seem to be mentioned in the guides: the climb down to the beech is steep, but doable (my older mother made it slow and easy with some help) and, from what I read, swimming can be treacherous. We did, but it was a perfect day and we did not go out far. Beautiful really. Ask a local if you are unsure and use good judgement on less than ideal days.
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