Hapuna Beach State Park, Hawaii - Best Beaches in the USA

Landscaped beach park with swimming during calm seas, bodysurfing during periods of shore breaks, sunbathing and other beach-related activities, picnicking and shelter lodging opportunities. Dangerous rip currents and pounding shore breaks during periods of high surf! Waves over 3 feet high are for experts--all other should stay out of the water and away from the shoreline! Lifeguard services. Hiking opportunity along the coastal trail.

Services at the Beach: Restrooms, picnic pavilions, picnic tables, lodging, trash cans, drinking water, payphone, lifeguard services.


Hapuna Beach is probably the most famous beach on the Big Island, and regularly voted one of the prettiest beaches in the world. In Big Island standards, it's also one of the largest beaches on the island. The shore has a sandy bottom, and the sand shelf extends a good ways out. The shallow shore is great for kids, but keep an eye on the waves. Often, especially in winter months, the waves can be significant. You'll often see many people here body boarding and body surfing. The beach is manned by lifeguards, and they will post markers that indicate the condition of the water and waves.


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Hapuna Beach is one of the Best Beaches in the United States. Dr. Beach(Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman) once named this beach the best in America. If you feel we are missing a great beach on our list, please email us and let us know!