5 Best Beaches on Kona Coast
The Big Island of Hawaii might be known for adventure ranging from whale watching to mountain climbing, but that doesn't mean there aren't gorgeous beaches where you can soak up some sun too. One region of the Big Island is called the Kona Coast, and it stretches for more than 60 miles on the western side of the island. Beyond its historical significance, special coffee, and opportunities for water sports, there are also some great beaches that will make you want to put your feet up and stay awhile. To get you started, here are some of the best beaches on the Kona Coast for your vacation
1. Hapuna Beach
One of the best known beaches along the Kona Coast, Hapuna Beach is particularly beautiful. This section of the coastline has a reputation for great swimming conditions, though they become slightly more dangerous during the winter season. This isn't the most secluded beach on the Kona Coast, but it does offer great amenities for families. If you're looking to discover a beach where you can really get away from it all, keep going further along the coast.
2. Kona Coast State Park
Travelers searching for that off the beaten path beach that has maintained all of its serenity and beauty will want to plan a visit to Kona Coast State Park. Part of the charm is reaching this beach at the end of a bumpy dirt road. Adventurous families and couples seeking a little seclusion will want to visit this beach. Be sure to pack a picnic, including plenty of cold water, to enjoy a full day at Kona Coast State Park. This park is actually divided into three separate beaches: Mahaiula, Kua Bay, and Makalawena.
3. Mauna Kea Beach
When you take a trip to the Big Island, a crescent-shaped, white-sand beach flanked by palm trees isn't too much to ask. That's exactly what you'll find at the idyllic Mauna Kea Beach. Clear water and plenty of space to spread out make this a great destination for families. The only challenge with this stunning beach is the lack of parking. There is only room for 30 cars, so arrive early to make sure you get a spot. Pack a picnic and make the most of your trip to Mauna Kea Beach.
4. Kahaluu Beach Park
If you're looking for the best beach for snorkeling, plan to spend some time at Kahaluu Beach Park. One of the most famous places for snorkeling on the Kona Coast, this beach boasts calm waters where you can easily see schools of colorful fish, sea turtles, and colorful coral reefs. At the north end of the beach, some waves break, making for a great spot for beginner surfers or bodysurfers. The two different spots mean this is a great spot for families with different age children who have different interests.
5. Kikaua Point Beach
If sheer beauty is at the top of your wish list for a beach along the Kona Coast, look no further than Kikaua Point Beach. With turquoise water and sand so white it's almost blinding, this picture perfect beach is what people dream of when they plan vacations to Hawaii. Calm waters at this crescent-shaped beach are ideal for small children. If you forget an umbrella, there are palm trees you can lounge under and take an afternoon nap.
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