Body surfing haven on the southeastern shore
The surf breaks close to the shore at Sandy Beach and its pounding waves make it popular with body surfers and boogie boarders alike. That said, it can also be downright dangerous during high surf for average swimmers, thanks to that undertow. (It’s been dubbed “breakneck beach,” so not really a good one for the kids.) Still, just watching those thunderous waves from the sand makes this beautiful each park on the southeastern tip of the island worth visiting. It’s also a go-to weekend beach for those from the nearby community of Hawaii Kai.
Know before you go: There’s plenty of free parking in the beach park’s lot, but it can fill up early. Sandy Beach also comes equipped with picnic tables, bathrooms and showers, (and, of course much-needed lifeguard stations), so you really can make a day of it.
Where to eat and drink: The shrimp trucks up north may get all the hype, but Dokkaebi, usually parked at the main entrance of Sandy Beach, along with a handful of other lunch wagons, gives them a run for their garlicky grinds. Order the shrimp platter -- a plate of prawns plus corn niblets, rice, and slaw. 808 Shrimp and Steak does garlic, lemon-butter, and spicy shrimp plates, too, in addition to Kalua pork, rib eyes, and combos.