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Here are a few of my favorite beaches in the
Within 1/2 mile is White Sands Beach, also called Disappearing Sands Beach.
This time of year it is sandy and calm. There is even a resident turtle
who hangs out at the south end of the beach, in the surf. There is a
parking lot at the beach. But I recommend getting there early.
About two miles south of the condo is another excellent area, Kahalu'u Beach
Park. It has great snorkeling and is well protected. So there is no surf. An
excellent shady area is along the south side under the big tree. There
is a hotel next door, beach bar and restaurant..
King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
If you visit the King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, at the north end of
Kailua-Kona, you will no doubt be thrilled by this small sandy spot of
protected shoreline. Great for kids, with lots of "water toys" for
rent nearby for adults, too.
It is about 5 miles north of Kailua-Kona and well worth the visit. You will
see the sign to Honolohau Harbor as you drive north. Pack a picnic lunch and
relax. This is one of my favorite spots. This is a quiet beach with a shallow
beach area. It also has ancient fish ponds in the bay and lots and lots of
turtle when you walk north up the beach. It i a short walk, of about 200 yards
from the parking lot on the north side of the Honokohau Harbor (make the first
right turn off the road to the harbor.).
Airport State Park
Just north of Kailua-Kona, along the old airport runway, this beach ranges
from rocky coast to sandy tidal pools. A great place to get your toes wet,
play with the kids or watch the local kids catching the waves on their boogie
boards. Picnic tables and showers are available, and there's a nice walking
track to boot!
Another great, sandy, beach is Hapuna. It is a ways north, up the coast
at mile marker 69. There is shade, sand, and beautiful water. But it
would be an hour drive; but well worth the visit when you are traveling up
that way. The Prince of the Big Island beaches is a beautiful long white
beach with plenty of facilities, and nearby cabins which rent for very little.
It can be hard to find parking on a weekend, but this is the classic Hawaiian