beachfront and budget are mutually exclusive on the isle of hawaii. It will be interesting to see what the board recommends. There must be a studio apartment somewhere for the amount.
What time of year? Magic Sands gets rough in winter.
Let me comment...
The only swimable beach, that is water with or without sand.. is Kahaluu lagoon and King Kam beach and by the pier on Alii Drive
There are no condos on swimable beaches except for Kolea in Waikoloa...and they start at $400-500 a night. It is the only condo here on a beach.
The Marriott Hotel is on a great beach and can be had on priceline for under $150-200
Compare to Mauna Kea at $450 a night. which has the best beach
The beach by the Reef condo...is a surfers spot...notes for good waves that break on the off shore reef...it is very rocky and rough... NOT a swimmers or snorkelers beach....nasty
Magic Sands, called "La Aloa", is a body surfing beach, noted for big breakers and rough conditions..some times, seldom seen ,it lays flat and is good for swimming for a few hours during the month.... But 90% of the time its called tragic slam
Beaches here are very few as we are a young island... Maui over 1million years older.. Hotels or Condos on a beach command the highest rates....none are budget
We are going the last week of October. I am looking at the Hale Kona Kai condo complex. Some people here on their reviews state you can walk to White Sands Beach. These condos are oceanfront but there are no grounds. Four years ago when we went we stayed at Holua Resort at Mauna Loa where there grounds were very beautiful but no ocean view. My brother gave me his week of his timeshare there. I am trying to decide if spending the extra money and staying at Hale Kona Kai this year would be worth it. Just trying to decide if the smallness of Hale Kona Kai would be worth the oceanview. Anyone who has been there - can you share your experience.
The White Sands Beach is about three miles from the Hale Kona Kai, but there is an ocean front public park with a sliver of sand called Honl's Beach a short distance from the Hale Kona Kai. Only you can decide what's more important for you, being on ocean front or have nice grounds. I used to live on ocean front but I prefer to look at the ocean over a nice garden.
Condo on a swimmable beach= Kolea....which exceeds your budget specifications. You may have to change your specifications or delay your trip until your budget matches your tastes.
You may be able to find one on Maui. More beaches. More sand.
Thanks BillB2 - that condo looks great at the Kona Reef but is unavailable the last week of October. Does anyone else have any otheer recommendations of certain condo # at Kona Reef?