Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Ho'okena Beach Park, Big Island, HI

Sometimes it's nice to visit a well-known and populated beach - they usually have lifeguards, restrooms, and other assorted amenities. Other times, it's really nice to find an out-of-the-way spot that's quiet and low-key. Ho'okena Beach Park was that place for us.

What You Need to Know

Getting to this off-the-beaten-path beach is half the adventure. Googlemaps got us there just fine, but the twisty, narrow roads and lack of signage kept me holding my breath until we finally pulled into the parking lot. 

While this is a campground, we mainly saw locals here. Several were fishing - one with a spear! It was too cold and the waters were rough, but we enjoyed the salt-and-pepper sand and had fun exploring the rocky shoreline.

There are restrooms, a small parking lot, picnic tables, and a concession stand for snack foods and beach rentals. 

Swimming and snorkeling are allowed here, but the general consensus seems to be that the waters can be rough and the undertow is strong, so be forewarned!

Additional Resources

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