Photo by Peter French/age fotostock
Spectacular sands—the longest stretch of beach in Hawaiʻi—sweep for 12.5 miles, fringed by postcard-perfect turquoise water. The ocean is rough, rowdy and perilous here: watch for sneaker waves as you stroll along the coast. Swimmers should stick to the Queen's Pond, an area girdled by a coral reef in Polihale State Park. But the big attraction here remains the dunes, which can pile up to 100 feet high. In summer, hot sand can slip into your shoes, causing burns. Savvy beachgoers wear only wool socks, according to Andrew Doughty, author of excellent "The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook." Make sure to pack plenty of water and also an umbrella, if you plan to linger.
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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Polihale is one of my all time favortie beaches. The ever changing conditions from morning to night. Be prepared for a bumpy ride depending on the road conditions; highly recommend 4wd. What awaits you at the end of the jouryney is well worth it. There are restrooms and showers at the very end of the road as well....:)
By Susan Giblin
Hwy 50, Waimea, HI 96796, USA