This lovely beach is on the northernmost stretch of the park's coastline on an absolutely beautiful bay. The water is crystal clear, deep aquamarine, and peaceful in summer, but the park's paved entrance, amenities, and parking lot make it very accessible and, as a result, often crowded. Fine white sand sits in stark constrast to old black lava flows with little shade—bring umbrellas as it can get hot. Rocky shores on either side protect the beach from winds in the afternoon. Gates open daily from 8 to 7. In winter, surf can get very rough and often the sand washes away. Amenities: parking (no fee); showers; toilets. Best for: surfing; swimming.
Hwy. 19, north of mile marker 88, across from Veterans Cemetery, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740, United States