Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
Yes
Surfing
No
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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Larsen's Beach, named for a former manager at the Kilauea Plantation, is a wide stretch of isolated sandy beach accessible with a 0.35 mile hike on Kauai's northeastern shore.

The beach itself feels secluded, being a long narrow stretch of sand down a steep slope from any neighboring development. The beach is set along an area of shallow reef, protecting the shore from waves that crash further offshore. However, all of the shallow water tends to drain out the Pakala Channel, creating hazardous swimming conditions that have been deadly in the past. As such, Larsen's Beach is not a beach for swimming, but more for walking around the shore and throwing out a blanket beneath the trees at the further edge of the sand.

The path to the beach descends about 200 feet in elevation from the parking area. There is a good amount of parking at the end of Larson Beach Road.

One note of interest is that the land above the beach is owned by Mark Zuckerburg of Facebook. This is the reason that visitors may notice staffed security gates along the property before turning down Larson Beach Road.

There are no bathrooms, water, lifeguards or amenities of any kind at Larsen's Beach.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Low crowds.

Cons

No amenities.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Features

Big vistas
Family friendly

Location

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