East Shore Oahu Beaches | Waimanalo Beach
This is one of the best Oahu beaches for learning how to boogie board...in fact, this is where I learned to surf.
Waimanalo Beach has a great beach area. The entire beach is over 3 miles long with beautiful powdery white sand. The beach is made up of a couple of areas.
If you are coming around the point at Makapuu Beach, the first area is past Sea Life Park by the baseball fields. There are also many tents on the grass areas here...unfortunately, it is not people having a great time camping in the beautiful Hawaii weather...it is homeless people. That is a little too depressing for me so I prefer the area past the baseball fields right across the street from the polo fields.
Once you pull in, you can either go left or right as there is ample parking on either side. There are tons of Ironwood trees that provide shade between the parking lot and beach but there are also tons of pine cone thingys that are really hard on your bare feet so be sure to wear something on your feet unless you are used to walking barefoot like the locals...it was a sad day when I could no longer handle walking barefoot through the trees.
We always called this beach Sherwoods growing up because of the trees (for Sherwood forest), so you may hear people refer to it like that. The beach has lifeguards, restrooms, and showers (which are unbelievably cold for some reason).
- Sandy beach
- Picnic areas
- Free parking
Tip--This is one of those East Shore Oahu beaches that sits relatively close to the tall Koolau mountains so it will typically be in the shade by 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Also, break-ins have been known to happen here so don't leave any valuables in the car.
Caution--Be careful for Portugese Man-of-War (jellyfish). They look like blue bubbles ranging in size from peas to quarters. You can spot them on the beach if they are present, and warning signs are usually posted.
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