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Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park Campground

Big Island, Hawai'i

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  • Entrance to Spencer Beach Park.- Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park Campground
  • Spencer Beach is a great choice for families because of the protected water and the lifeguard station.- Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park Campground
  • Spencer Beach.- Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park Campground
  • The camping area is located at the south end of the park near the day use pavilion.- Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park Campground
  • Campsites with a great view, but very little privacy.- Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park Campground
  • Clearly some of the campground restrictions are not respected.- Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park Campground
  • The day use pavilion is also where the bathrooms are located.- Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park Campground
  • The pavilion can accommodate large groups and is available for reservation.- Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park Campground
  • The open lawn before the pavilion works well for groups that don't require privacy or separation.- Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park Campground
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Pros: 
Kohala area public campground. Beach access. Near trails and historic sites. Showers and water.
Cons: 
No privacy or separation between sites. Popular with scofflaws. Tent city effect can create a disheveled and littered environment.
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Region:
Big Island, HI
Managed by: 
County of Hawaii
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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On an island with relatively few options for easily accessible public camping, any campground is worth a mention. The campground at Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park may not create a dazzling impression, but it has all of the basics covered for a comfortable stay. Showers, potable water, and plenty of picnic areas will keep you comfortable during your stay, and a night security guard will help keep things safe overnight.

And, of course, it is tough to beat the phenomenal beach access and easy fishing and snorkeling access. Grab a site on the ocean side for incredible sunsets from the comfort of your own camp. The park is also close to the Pu'ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, and a section of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail leaves from the near the camping area for Mau'umae Beach.

Campsites are not numbered or well delineated, but instead consist of small parcels of the large open space at the south end of the park. Picnic tables and grills are in each site, and a central area is ideal for groups that don't require much privacy. Alternately, some campers decide to string up tarps that provide a visual barrier between campsites, which can lead to a pretty unappealing environment. The camping area at Spencer Beach Park does, at times, face some challenges in terms of cleanliness and order, but generally the beach and day use area remain hospitable. 

Camping permits are required to use this park, and they must be obtained in advance. There is a one week limit between June 1 and August 31; otherwise you are free to stay for up to two weeks. Note that the gates in and out of Spencer Beach Park close nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. when the security guard is on duty.

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