Best Secret Beaches on Earth

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These beach hideaways are understated, unexpected, and—at least for now—under the radar.

Polihale Beach, Kauai

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With sand dunes rising up to 100 feet and a commanding view of the Na Pali cliffs, this seven-mile stretch of white sand on the westernmost end of Kauai is the island’s hottest, sunniest spot. One of the most magnificent beaches in Hawaii, Polihale is also one of the most remote, accessible only by a dirt road off the scenic coast drive from resort towns like Princeville and Koloa. Currents are strong, so surfing and snorkeling are not advisable, but there is a 300-foot swimming beach called Queen’s Pond at Polihale State Park.

—David A. Keeps

Best Secret Beaches on Earth

Polihale Beach, Kauai

With sand dunes rising up to 100 feet and a commanding view of the Na Pali cliffs, this seven-mile stretch of white sand on the westernmost end of Kauai is the island’s hottest, sunniest spot. One of the most magnificent beaches in Hawaii, Polihale is also one of the most remote, accessible only by a dirt road off the scenic coast drive from resort towns like Princeville and Koloa. Currents are strong, so surfing and snorkeling are not advisable, but there is a 300-foot swimming beach called Queen’s Pond at Polihale State Park.

—David A. Keeps

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