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Green Sand Beach
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Owner description: The big island of Hawaii's southernmost point features the Green Sand Beach.
Reviewed April 16, 2014

We did this long drive out to the southernmost point in the US but were a little disappointed when we got there that we were nervous to get out of our car due to the tent city there. Not knowing the area we just viewed it from our car. Stop on the way back on the right side at a coffee place as she had great coffee.

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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Ka Lae is 12 miles from the main road. The road is narrow but well paved. Make a brief stop at Ka Lae and take a selfie at the southernmost point in the US. If you're the adventurous type, you can take the 40 ft or so plunge off the cliff into the blue water below. If not, just enjoy the view before heading off to the Green Beach.

As others have mentioned, if you're planning on walking in, be prepared! Cannot stress that enough. Bring a day pack with plenty of water and sunscreen. The walk is flat and beautiful but very exposed. We were planning on walking in but as luck would have it, we met some lovely people from our hometown that offered us a ride and we took it. If it's raining, I would not take a 4x4 in there. I'm pretty sure an inexperienced driver would sink down to their axels in the red mud. It's also unfortunate that there are multiple tracs and apparent erosion.

Whichever way you get there, it is worth the effort. The sand is a beautiful green, the water is crystal blue and we saw sea turtles swimming in the surf. You do have to go down a steep path to get down to the beach but it is not that difficult.

Thank SuzyQ62
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

Long one-lane road takes you near the end. You have to walk or have a 4-wheel drive to go all the way. Beautiful views of Ka Lae, a wind farm, old lava flows, and one of only a handful of green sand beaches in the world. There are usually some locals with 4-wheel drive vehicles that are willing to escort you to the green sand beach for a modest fee. Well worth the drive to experience two things you can't do elsewhere.

Thank Jeffrey F
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

We drove to south point to green sand beach. You have to have a 4x4 to get down there by the trails. Once you get there its breath taking, amazing old volcano crater filled with green sand crystals and peridots. The water is soooo blue and green beautiful. Its worth the drive oe hike to see it, but if your going to see it you need to get there before 5pm cause it starts getting dark at 6pm fast.

Thank Tiffany C
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

We weren't sure what to expect when we headed down the long road to Ka Lae we just knew that we had to go there just to say that we had been to the southernmost point of the United States! This was really a cool place to visit. The cliffs were amazing....the water so blue. We were lucky enough to see locals jumping off of platforms on the cliffs into the water below. They would swim through the cave system and climb back out of one of the holes visible from the cliff area. There is a small area available for parking and although it is a little bit rough it is accessible for vehicles. There are some portapotties available there...not sure what the condition but they were there! We arrived late in the afternoon so we didn't get a chance to go down to the Green Sand Beach but would love to do that.....gives us a great reason to return!!

1  Thank Melody B
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