Compact beach with crystal clear water, white sand, and lovely lookouts
Once upon a time, this gorgeous stretch of sand was difficult to access and the rocky, pothole-laden road used to get there would do a number on your shocks and leave you weary by the end of it. These days, there’s a real, paved road that enables visitors to more easily enjoy the sheer beauty of this intimate Big Island beach. Expect powder-white sand, crystal blue waters, lava rocks, lots of lookout points, and excellent summer snorkeling. Winter can bring rougher waves good for gazing at from the safety of your seat on the beach.
Know before you go: The beach can get jammed, especially on weekends. The parking lot isn’t all that big, so you’ll want to arrive early for a spot. There are restrooms, picnic tables, and showers, but no lifeguards, so not necessarily the best choice for families with small children.