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“My favorite beach in Kauai”

Polihale State Park
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USD 256.25*
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Vintage Biplane Tour of Kauai
Ranked #3 of 19 things to do in Waimea
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Owner description: A historical state beach park with breathtaking views and landscape.
Reviewed 15 April 2008

We decided to go here after hearing rave reviews. First, I want to say that the roads leading to the beach are filled with potholes galore, please don't let this deter you in any way! Secondly, it is going to feel like you have been driving for a long time before you reach the beach, but keep on trucking! Can I say this place is magical!?!? It was well worth everything just to be able to come here and sit down on these big massive sand dunes and watch the ocean rolling in. The Na Pali coastline starts here and you will understand how amazing this place is once you get there. The sand is VERY hot and you will definitely want to wear shoes walking down. The ocean is too dangerous to swim in. We went when it appeared crowded yet no one was in the water. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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Reviewed 21 March 2008

We went to Polihale Beach on our first day in Kauai. We were a little concerned about the dirt road leading to the beach as we heard it was hard to get through. So we rented a Jeep and the drive wasn't bad. We also saw a lot of people in regular cars that were not 4WD and they seemed to do just fine, although the road was dry and I can imagine that if it had been raining the previous days, it may have been difficult with a regular car. The day we went, it was a bit cloudy, so that was disappointing, but the views were still great and it's a beautiful beach. It's also HUGE. It's 17 miles long, so you can find a spot that you can have to yourself. My husband and I saw one other person - a surfer - he was so far away, he looked like a tiny little speck. Other than that, we were alone on the beach. It was December, so the water was really rough and we did not even attempt to get in. This is a great beach if you just want to lay around and have some privacy.

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Reviewed 4 February 2008

This is the most amazing beach you will ever visit. Like the other reviews say, it is an experience in itself taking the long dirt road to this place. Make sure you take a 4x4. Make sure you bring plenty of water and something to shade yourself. It is quite hot and windy...also deep sand. The beach is miles long with VERY few people on it. It is so peaceful. A local recommended it to us. It had been raining alot in poipu and he said if there was sun anywhere on the island it would be Polihale. He was right. This is not somewhere to swim, but somewhere to soak up the beauty and relax.

3  Thank glcohio
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Reviewed 22 January 2008

What a great beach! This is the widest beach in Hawaii and longest (17 miles) I believe. The Na Pali coast begins from the northern end of this beach. We took a picnic and watched the sunset after riding some waves and taking some photos. There are bathrooms and outdoor showers on site. Also camping is allowed. The only negative is the dirt road to get to the beach. It took about 25 minutes on an extremely bumpy road and that was giving the rental car all it could handle. But it was well worth it. We ended up going twice while in Kauai for the week.

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Reviewed 9 January 2008

This is in my thought the best beach in Hawaii (that i've been to). Getting to the beach is a little tricky. Follow the signs for Polihale state park and look for a dirt road to the left.. pretty close to the end of the highway. The signs say park closed but i go ahead and ignore that. The dirt road is a bit bumpy and muddy at times....especially if was after a heavy rain, but forge forward and you'll find yourself at a fork in the road where a huge tree stands. I think i saw a few other reviews say go to the left... but we took a right and that led us to the end of the 17 mile long beach where the south end of the Napali coast line begins. The 5 mile dirt road took as about 30 min to get through.

why is the beach so great...because no one really goes there...My wife and i were the only two soles on the beach that we could see at one time (remember the beach is 17 miles long). The sand is soo soft that your foot sinks in about 4-5 inches when you walk...you'll get a nice work out there. Be careful going into the ocean though.. the waters are a bit rough. Try to get there a few hours before sunset... it gets a bit more busy then.

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