Hawaiʻi Island’s beaches are special, as they’re few and far between. This is a young island without much coral reef and the erosion necessary to create long sandy beaches. That said, the beaches we do have are fabulous, and if you’re a beach lover, you’ll want to stay right near them! Choose one of our Big Island beachfront rentals to ensure that you’ll get all the fun in the sun you could ever hope for!
Most of Hawaiʻi Island’s beaches are on the west, or Kona, side of the island. There are many luxury rentals located on coastlines that are not necessarily “beachy” enough to be parks, yet there may be tide pools or a spot to get in the water and swim. These are great spots, because they’re never crowded! Big Island beach rentals on actual beaches are great too, as you’ll get to enjoy the beach during early morning and evening hours when parks may be closed, and you’ll have it all to yourself.
Get ready for fun in the sun: whichever beach you choose to stay near, there’s guaranteed to be a plethora of ocean sports to choose from. Popular ones here include surfing, snorkeling, boogie boarding, stand-up paddling, canoe paddling, and fishing. Some beaches are better for certain sports than others, so be sure to check before you choose. Always remember to protect the health of coral reefs by using reef-safe sunscreen and not touching the coral. There are many rentals shops available to accommodate your ocean sports equipment needs.
Are you ready to pick out your great beachfront rental? Check out some of the island’s top beaches below to decide on the best area for your stay.
Often labeled as one of the most beautiful beaches on the Big Island, this beautiful golden sand beach is located just north of Kona on the island’s west coast. Although this is a popular beach spot, its half-mile length gives you plenty of space to spread out and stake a claim in the sand. The continuous gentle shore break provides fun waves in which to play and swim. A year-round on-duty lifeguard sets parents’ minds at ease. When the water is calm, snorkelers will enjoy pristine conditions along the rocky outcroppings at both the north and south ends of the beach. Pick up a mask and fins at The Three Frogs Café located onsite. You can also pick up lunch at this convenient spot and enjoy a picnic in the sand or in the shade of one of the picnic pavilions. With its ideal location along the sunny west coast, Hapuna Beach sees very little rain and is often sunny even when the rest of the island is not. For proximity to one of the island’s most pristine beaches, search our Big Island beachfront rentals near Hapuna Beach!
Big Island Beach Rentals Near Makalawena Beach
Makalawena Beach is reached by a 20-minute hike along an unpaved lava rock path and is therefore often much less crowded than other similar beaches. Its fine white sand and clear turquoise water form the picture of what you might imagine in the Caribbean. When waters are calm, this is a great spot to enjoy a swim. Children and adults alike will enjoy the tidepools often found here. Pack a beach blanket and snacks and enjoy a long afternoon lazing on the shoreline at Makalawena. Choosing any of our Big Island beach rentals along the Kona Coast will put you in great proximity for enjoying Makalawena, which is located just 11 miles north of Kailua-Kona town.
Mauna Kea Beach
Kauna’oa Beach (also known as Mauna Kea Beach due to its location in front of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel) is situated in a prime location along the sunny Kohala Coast. Home to high class resorts, well-maintained condo complexes, and oceanfront estates, Mauna Kea Beach is in a prime location for travelers searching for a luxurious stay. This beautiful, crescent shaped white sand beach is ideal for swimming and snorkeling during calm waters.
You can’t go wrong with a beachfront rental along any of the Big Island’s miles of coastline. Contact us today to book one of our Big Island beach rentals today!