Ke'e Beach Park

4.5 stars from 10 reviews
Address End of Rte 560, Haena, HI 96714
Beautiful and very popular beach on Kauai's north west side.

Features
• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Lifeguard
• Facilities: Showers • Sand Type: Regular
• Parking: Good / Plenty • Good For: Snorkeling
• Good For: Sunsets • Good For: Swimming

Matt Anderson's Take
Ke'e Beach Park is located at the north end of the Kalalau Trail in Ha'ena State Park in the Haena area of Kaua'i. It's really the last beach on the northwest side of the island that you can easily access and drive to. Go any further south along the west coast and things get difficult fast and require some serious hiking.


There is a lot of parking here but it fills up very fast so it may be difficult to find a spot, at least right near the beach access point. It's hugely popular and there's good reason for that, it's a lovely beach.


The water here can be very clear and the reef gives you a little protection from the bigger ocean waves. It's often best for swimming and snorkeling during the summer months in the shallow lagoon. You'll find lifeguards, bathrooms, and showers so bring the family and make a day of it.


The movie The Castaway Cowboy and TV series The Thorn Birds were both filmed here. For more movie and television trivia, be sure to read Popular Movies & TV Shows Filmed In Hawaii.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
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This is a great beach that's hard to beat, especially on this part of the island. Assuming the weather is good and the ocean isn't angry, it's a great place to spend a day. Unfortunately, you won't be the only one with that idea.
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Monti C
Joined: Jan 2018
Reviews: 22
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This is an excellent beach but it does get crowded. When we came in the morning it wasn't bad and there was plenty of parking to be had.
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chantel
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 426
Likes Received: 12
Ke'e Beach Park is just beautiful, one of my favourite beaches! Crystal clear water, great for snorkelling, and great views. It does get busy so best to go early. We did go late one time to see the sunset but we were fine getting a parking spot. Make sure you check this beach out and bring your camera! Sunsets are just amazing too.
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Vickey W
Joined: Mar 2017
Reviews: 123
Likes Received: 46
Ke'e Beach Park is a very nice beach. We have tried to hit all of the beaches on our trips to Kauai and this is a beautiful beach but is really crowded and finding a parking spot can be a nightmare. Beware of others dinging your car. If it has rained it can be troublesome. We do see a lot of people snorkeling but beware as currents here can be strong. We stopped here and enjoyed our lunch and people watched and dipped in the beach to cool off.
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Reggie
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 29
Likes Received: 8
This is a smaller narrow entry beach that can be rugged in storms. Keep a close eye on children to give the lifeguards a break. A rather narrow beach so do watch the waves and do not turn your back. Good break beach before/after hiking the Kalalau Trail.
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rachel m
Joined: Aug 2014
Reviews: 229
Likes Received: 19
I LOVE Ke'e beach! It is one of my favorite beaches. I don't go as often as I would like to though. Parking is a nightmare, and when it's busy, driving up here is pretty hairy too. Between the people who park illegally on the side of the road to all the people walking in the road it can be annoying. But the beach is worth it every time! My kids just love playing in the water. There are also showers and restrooms which is great. If you are visiting do not miss this beach. But watch where you park, they do give tickets for illegal parking.
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Sue K
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 196
Likes Received: 9
We spent some time on the beach after hiking the Kelalau Trail and thought it was, without a doubt one of the best beaches on the island. It looks amazing looking down on it from the trail, especially when the sun is out. The snorkelling was good too. If you have a rental car, take care in the car park as it is pretty bumpy.
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Justine H
Joined: Jun 2016
Reviews: 14
Likes Received: 6
Beautiful sandy beach with decent snorkeling. We usually get here early in the morning in order to get parking close by. By 9am, it's slim pickings, partly due to the large number of people who come here to hike to the waterfall and the beginning of the Napali coast. Also obviously popular with snorkelers and there are usually dozens of people doing just that.

There does seem to be a current that pulls towards the rocks on the left of the beach, and warning signs regarding this. Hubby likes to walk further down the beach to enter, and "drift" snorkel, allowing the current to bring him back naturally to the area in front of the lifeguard and parking lot. Less effort that way rather than fighting against the current. We love that there are shady trees to set up under and bathroom facilities (makes it easier with kids).
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Tracy M
Joined: Feb 2016
Reviews: 57
Likes Received: 6
Ke'e beach has to be one of my favorite beaches on Kauai because of the remoteness and its beauty. Sunsets are gorgeous all over Kauai but nothing compares to a sunset experience on Kee beach. I am looking forward to visiting this treasure when I return to my beloved Kauai in November.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
Ke'e beach is quite picturesque if you walk up the Kalalau Trail toward the Napali Coast. From the top of the ridge, you can take a phenomenal photo looking over the beach. Ke'e back in the day, before it became the massive tourist destination that it is today, was a jewel of Kauai. Not only is the beach and snorkeling fantastic, but the Kalalau trail that leads 2 miles up into the valley ends terminates at one of Kauai's most accessible beautiful waterfalls.

However, you need to go really early to enjoy the experience before the throngs of tourist show up and take all the parking, and sense of serenity. That said, it's still worth a visit to the enjoy snorkeling, beautiful scenery, and one of the great hikes that makes Kauai so amazing.
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