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Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Puako

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#1 of 42 in Beaches in Island of Hawaii
Must see · Beach · State Park
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Commonly ranked among the most beautiful beaches in the country, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area features everything you could hope for in a beach paradise. Soft, white sand is perfect for sunbathing, long strolls by the shore, or for kids to dig in and play. Enjoy swimming and bodysurfing in the crystal-clear water, or admire the view of the water while hiking the coastal trail. Bring an umbrella, or rent one along with other beach equipment. All the facilities you'll need, including parking, showers, restrooms, and places to buy snacks, are available and easily accessible. The beach is exposed to the open ocean. Though there are lifeguards, be careful in the water, especially during high surf. Take a look at our Puako trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Long white sand beach, lots of families, couples, everyone! While officially says “closed” on website, it’s because they are fixing some spots (note - no running water so no restrooms or showers... 
    Long white sand beach, lots of families, couples, everyone! While officially says “closed” on website, it’s because they are fixing some spots (note - no running water so no restrooms or showers...  more »
  • We had a great day watching the surf and enjoying the beautiful weather. The crowds were manageable. Lovely beach that I highly recommend. 
    We had a great day watching the surf and enjoying the beautiful weather. The crowds were manageable. Lovely beach that I highly recommend.  more »
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  • Our FAVORITE beach!! Where should I begin, the clear water, the sea life, the sand, the surrounding… everything is spectacular! We have traveled to a LOT and my teenage kids were floored at the clarity of the water here! It’s like a swimming pool! You can everything so clear that you don’t even need a mask to see the fish and turtles! Which brings me to the turtles, make sure you go to the rocks at the right side of the beach by the Westin, every time we went we saw turtles there, no need to pay for an excursion to see them and snorkel with them. There is also a very cool little ride pool hidden in the rocks that you MUST go into. Also at this end of the beach there is a beautiful grass area under a tree with shade which is just dreamy to sit under and relax out of the sun. We don’t normally repeat things on vacation but we did visit this beach more than once - it’s repeat worthy and you should not miss it!
  • Beautiful Sandy beach, it does not have shade where the Sandy part, but there is trees and cover area in the far back from the beach. Get to love the sand here as it’s very soft. Good place to go sunbathing. Family with kids are friendly here. There is a fee for parking and park entrance for non resident. No one check, self paid at the station.

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