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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.
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area Reviews
The beach is SO beautiful!! The sand is soft and hot, the water crystal clear, and the waves are big, but friendly, and it doesn’t get deep quickly. No undertow or back tow. Good parking, it costs..... more »
Great beach setting for a day at the beach-swimming, boogie boarding, body surfing, beach walking and just soaking up the sun. Probably one of the best beaches for boogie boarding. Large beach that..... more »
Nice, white sandy beach. OK snorkeling, but better for swimming and relaxing. Many covered areas with picnic tables on hillside overlooking the clear blue water. Equipment and umbrella rentals available. Lunch food also available including huge shaved ice. Ample parking.
One of the most beautiful and kid friendly beaches in the state. Deep and wide expanse of fine white sand that extends well into the water, plentiful parking, nice pavilions tables and benches, good bathroom and changing areas, mature trees and vegetation between the parking and beach. No tacky vendors or concessions, yay, so bring what to you wish to enjoy and take away all your trash please! There are simple cabins to the south of the parking entrance that can be reserved ahead of time. Good place for sunsets, and satellite viewing after dusk. At the north end, unfortunately, is the Prince Hotel right on the beach, and tourist viewing.
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