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Hawaii beaches among world's best in new ranking

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:38 a.m. HST, Jan 07, 2013

Four Hawaii beaches are among the world's best, in various categories, according to readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.

Kauai's Polihale Beach is the world's best beach for seclusion, Wailea Beach on Maui is the No. 1 beach for activities; Black Sand Beach at Waianapanapa State Park on Maui is the best for dramatic landscapes; and Hapuna Beach on Hawaii island is ranked at No. 3 among the world's best beaches for families, the readers' survey found.

The full list is online at http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/best-beaches-on-earth and in the magazine's January issue.

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Kuokoa wrote:
And now these beaches will be overcrowded with tourists and the commercial activity that goes along with that.!
on January 7,2013 | 07:03AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Except that anyone who actually uses the ocean regularly will tell you the near shore water is nasty with flesh eating bacteria. The east side is the worst, with Ala Wai coming in close second. You can't keep installing toilets and expect everything to be OK. It's not. We have a major sewage contamination problem, but don't tell the tourists.
on January 7,2013 | 12:09PM
AL9000 wrote:
Wailea Beach and Hapuna Beach are already in the middle of tourist areas. The others are probably safe because it takes some doing to get to them. Black Sand Beach is near the end of the Road to Hana and Polihale Beach is the most secluded for a reason: You'd better have four-wheel drive or be willing to kill your suspension while going 2 mph on the heavily rutted approach road.
on January 7,2013 | 07:21AM
Wazdat wrote:
YUP the BEST thing about Hawaii...
on January 7,2013 | 07:50AM
rayhawaii wrote:
Even though it might not be a place some judge would want to visit, but Waianae has to have the best beaches in the world. But maybe they shouldn't say anything cause this place would be flooded with people from all around the world and out real-estate taxes go sky rocket.
on January 7,2013 | 10:07AM
ethan wrote:
rayhawaii, you're right. I don't know how many times in the 80's my friends and my jaw would drop when we got to spots like ranch, rolling stones, PFS, etc. and the surf would be perfect with nobody out and no buildings to obstruct the view.
on January 7,2013 | 12:13PM
8082062424 wrote:
you go out to the west side beaches the air is clean you do not smell sunscreen and suntan lotion you smell the ocean. the sand is clean no mats or blow up rafts all over the place. let keep it that way . we do not want them to turn west side beaches into the mess town beaches are
on January 7,2013 | 12:47PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
By the way if u get a call from 8085555555, it is me.
on January 7,2013 | 06:04PM
aomohoa wrote:
Pokai Bay is my favorite beach ever.
on January 7,2013 | 08:44PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Waikiki Beach.......the worlds biggest ashtray. Rated number one in Cigar Aficionado Magazine. Fix this city council.
on January 7,2013 | 11:01AM
hilopango wrote:
I spent many long weekends as a child at Hapuna Beach. I would not call it a great place for families, unless you're going to keep a good eye on your kids. The undertows there are frequent and strong, as well as the waves. I haven't been there in ages, maybe things have changed.
on January 7,2013 | 02:42PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
None on Oahu lol.
on January 7,2013 | 06:03PM
kukui_1 wrote:
Still love Lanikai just need to avoid the crowds.
on January 7,2013 | 06:18PM
kekahahi wrote:
oahu beaches, like the island itself, is overcrowded. polihale and kekaha kauai rocks!
on January 7,2013 | 07:37PM
aomohoa wrote:
It's very sad.
on January 7,2013 | 08:46PM
Skyler wrote:
I loved Waianapanapa State Park and Wailea Beach for polar opposite experiences. Hoping to go back & stay in the cabins again - last time I went was 1985. I'm sure they've changed, but no matter. This time, however, I'm bringing some King coils... dang mosquitos were HUGE.
on January 7,2013 | 09:23PM
hilopango wrote:
Bring Off brand repellant fan, instead. Works really well for my husband, who is a mosquito magnet. Clips onto your waistband so it goes with you everywhere. Also bring spare batteries!
on January 8,2013 | 08:28AM
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