America's Most Beautiful Coastal Views

From towering Pacific Northwest sea stacks to mile upon mile of mirage-like tidal flats, these 10 littoral landscapes take ocean views to a new level.

Makalawena Beach, Kekaha KaiState Park, HI

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The Big Island’s west Kona Coast may be renowned for its coffee beans, but its best hidden treasure is a beach called Makalawena. To get there, park at Mahaiula and head north on the dirt path for a sweaty third-of-a-mile hike—part of it across a jagged dried lava bed. You’ll be surprised to emerge at a heavenly, triple-crescented, white sand beach so isolated that, if you even encounter another soul, it’s likely to be a flippered, friendly-looking green turtle, which for decades has teetered on the verge of extinction.

Insider Tip: Pick up a boogie board ($8.75/day) or surfboard ($30/day) at Learn to Surf Kona along Highway 19 before you test out the waves. Afterward, rinse off in the freshwater pond concealed by palm trees just beyond the sand dunes.

America's Most Beautiful Coastal Views

Makalawena Beach, Kekaha KaiState Park, HI

The Big Island’s west Kona Coast may be renowned for its coffee beans, but its best hidden treasure is a beach called Makalawena. To get there, park at Mahaiula and head north on the dirt path for a sweaty third-of-a-mile hike—part of it across a jagged dried lava bed. You’ll be surprised to emerge at a heavenly, triple-crescented, white sand beach so isolated that, if you even encounter another soul, it’s likely to be a flippered, friendly-looking green turtle, which for decades has teetered on the verge of extinction.

Insider Tip: Pick up a boogie board ($8.75/day) or surfboard ($30/day) at Learn to Surf Kona along Highway 19 before you test out the waves. Afterward, rinse off in the freshwater pond concealed by palm trees just beyond the sand dunes.

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