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Nice beach

I like that there was a life guard. The park was cleaner than many of the other parks we went to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Daryl H
Grand Rapids MIchigan
Beautiful White Sand Beach

Makena Beach or "Big Beach" is located within the state park. It is a very large beach with lots of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Buffalo, NY
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I like that there was a life guard. The park was cleaner than many of the other parks we went to and was very uncrowded. Maybe due to us being there in the off season but was nice to visit.

Thank Daryl H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Makena Beach or "Big Beach" is located within the state park. It is a very large beach with lots of space and lifeguards. The surf is usually rough and can be dangerous. We were told people have broken their necks and/or backs at this beach...More

Thank M Q
Reviewed 14 September 2018

Headed down Highway 31 until it ended at La Perouse Bay. On the way we stopped at “Big Beach” in Makena State Park. We walked through the ‘trail’ to the white coral beach to watch the surfers. The swells were still 15 feet high so...More

Thank iliniorange
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Make sure you take a day and enjoy "Big Beach". Beautiful long sandy beach with fun waves. Life guards are on duty and attentive to the conditions.

Thank CapeCodBoater
Reviewed 25 August 2018

Uber/Lyft away from the mind numbing crowds and walk this beach. This is wild(er) Hawaii. Bring water, put mobile in a bag and bury it under your chair aka log off and BE

Thank Dave B
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Though very beautiful I would not recommend taking young children to this beach. The sea is rough and has a large drop off near the shoreline. It could be dangerous even though the excellent life guards are constantly alert.

Thank Rainie1952
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Waves/swimming can be dangerous. There are lifeguards. Shore break is the issue. But, if you like bigish waves in the summer, this place has 'em.

Thank David C
Reviewed 31 July 2018

The place is crowded, but the waves can get very sizable.... 6-12 feet in the afternoon. Not for the beginner to boogie board unless you are ready to crash a few times.... No shade though.

1  Thank gebersk
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

Short walk from free parking lot. Beautiful wide open white sand beach. Water was turquoise. Also some shade to sit in.

Thank TeacherShelly
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Even though the swimming is usually dangerous, we love spending time here taking in the view and listening to the waves!

Thank hibiscus1995
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