Kauai’s West Shore Beaches - Lucy Wright Beach Park and Polihale
These two sets of beaches are very interesting and together make up a whole lot of sand to discover! If you are on Kauai’s West shore then you should definitely take the time to check out Lucy Wright Beach Park as well as the Polihale Beaches.
Lucy Wright Beach Park
This is a famous beach in a way, yet it’s not as pretty as some of the others. That is because the Waimea River flows into the beach near here and the water is not as clear and pretty as in other places. Watching the water from the river and the ocean mix together is an interesting way to spend a few hours. If you like camping out then you can get a county permit and camp at this beach .
Kekaha Beach Park
Pacific Missile Range Facility
Right past here is Barking Sands Beach. The name of this beach comes from a legend that if the conditions are walk the sand dunes will sound as if they are barking with every single step you take. Generally the sand will “bark” if it is really dry, but other than that you can walk, jump, kick, and do anything else with no result.
Polihale State Park
It rarely rains at Polihale and it is generally dry and the sand hot. When it does rain you will find that the road can get slippery and hard to drive on. Regardless, if you aren’t a local or professional driving on beaches with soft sand then you shouldn’t drive out to Polihale. If you get stuck you might prefer to leave the car there and pay the rental agency the balance than try and pay a tow truck to pull you out!
If you do want to arrive at Polihale State Park then simply take Hwy 50 until the end and veer right at the fork. You will see a dirt road, take it and travel 3 3/10 miles to a large tree. Here you will be able to enjoy Polihale not to mention Queen’s Pond!
Queen’s Pond is enclosed by a reef that allows fresh seawater in and out but protection from the tides an waves. Generally the swimming is safe and enjoyable and plenty of people of all ages can enjoy Queen’s Pond. If the surf is high then you might want to avoid Queen’s Pond until the water is a little calmer.
From here you are not too far from the Na Pali beaches, however these beaches simply are not accessible without putting forth a whole lot of effort and preparing yourself for a real adventure!
You will really enjoy checking out the different stretches of beach at Polihale and might just discover something new on your own! Take your time, always carry bottled water, and be careful of the strong waters. If you do that then you should have no problem enjoying Polihale.