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Hanalei Bay Beach Park
This 2-mi, crescent beach surrounds a spacious bay that is quintessential Hawaii. After gazing out to sea and realizing you have truly arrived in paradise, look landward. The site of the mountains, ribboned with waterfalls, will take your breath away. In winter, Hanalei Bay boasts some of the biggest onshore surf breaks in the state, attracting world-class surfers. The beach itself is wide enough to have safe real estate for your beach towel even in winter. In summer, the bay is transformed—calm waters lap the beach, sailboats moor in the bay, and outrigger-canoe paddlers ply the sea. Pack the cooler, haul out the beach umbrellas, and don't forget the beach toys, because Hanalei Bay is worth scheduling for an entire day, maybe two. To reach Hanalei Bay Beach Park from Hanalei, turn makai (toward the ocean) at Aku Rd. and drive one block to Weli Weli Rd. Parking areas are on the makai side of Weli Weli Rd. Amenities: lifeguards; parking; showers; toilets. Best for: surfing; swimming; walking; windsurfing.