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Polihale State Park

Off Kaumuali'i Highway, Hwy 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
+1 808-587-0400
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A historical state beach park with breathtaking views and landscape.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“dirt road” (133 reviews)
“wheel drive” (49 reviews)
“rental car” (56 reviews)
Off Kaumuali'i Highway, Hwy 50, Waimea, Kauai, HI 96796
+1 808-587-0400
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We absolutely love this beach. The drive from the North Shore is long and the road is rocky but once you're there it's all worth it.

1  Thank Andrea K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing scenic view with incredible beach. The best beach I've ever been on. Access is 5 miles of bumpy dirt road and some sand. 4WD recommended. Well worth the effort.

Thank Bigshepherd10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted to stay and camp once we got there. Sunset was amazing, waves were fun to watch but the water was just too big for my liking. Would go for the sunset but this is, like they sat, the hottest beach, talk about scorched...More

Thank Cindy W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is my favorite beach to visit but this year the road was so muddy that we passed one abandoned 4WD (probably a rental that was going too fast) and even our Subaru Forester had some sliding. Waves were good, tide was out so snorkeling...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beach takes a turn off the beaten path, then that path beats you for another 3 miles. Then you will burn little blisters into the tips of your toes. However, this beach is beautiful. NOT a place for swimming or snorkeling, the tide was...More

Thank Jessica T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This State Park was definitely off the beaten path on the west side, remotely located at the the end of Route 50, even farther west than Waimea. The signage made it easy to find, but the five mile dirt rutted road to the beach took...More

Thank LUchicago
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hard to get to. The road is not paved and super pot-holey. Only go if you have a jeep. Spectacular beach and views of the beginning of the Napali coast. You May be the only people there. Make sure to buy a guidebook like The...More

Thank stepgie
Reviewed 13 June 2017

If you like to go off-road and do not like to share one k of beach: go to Polihale. Especially when shower are expected. Okay your car will look like a complete mess, but that's the price you sometimes need to pay. By the way,...More

Thank christiansS8118DP
Reviewed 12 June 2017

Was concerned after reading reviews of the road. Would a 4x4 be needed? Not the case at all. I can tell you that if there was heavy rains that would be a different story, but we had a mid-range SUV and the road was bumpy...More

Thank JerryKJax
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Long stretch of wild beach where you can camp or enjoy long non touristy walks. The place to be at sunset. Not advisable for swimming, waves were rough. Only downside is the road out to the beach: dotted with potholes most of the way.

Thank Madison W
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Aaron J
26 May 2016|
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Response from EscoDave | Reviewed this property |
Every time we are there....we hardly see anyone.....most people don't want to drive down the old sugar cane road....bumpy but easily accessible with any vehicle...and many don't want to drive down to the end of the road past... More
25 January 2016|
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Response from Happymomoffive | Reviewed this property |
As linh88 said, there is a small dirt parking area under trees (2-3 cars size). We were able to park there. We didn't drive or park on the sand.
Matthew B
2 March 2015|
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Response from ScottJ1 | Reviewed this property |
I think so because camping is allowed and cars drive on the beach. But I can't recall seeing remnants of past fires when we were there