62-1210 Puako Road, Waimea, Big Island, Hawaii
Prepare for pure, unadulterated paradise. Smooth, buttery soft white sand and warm water perfect for wading/swimming makes Hapuna Beach one of the best, and surprisingly not-so-crowded, relaxation spots in existence. For snorkelers, colorful fish abound in the coral reef, and for sun worshippers, there’s nothing much around to obstruct the glorious rays. (On that same note, make sure to slather on the sunscreen and bring a beach umbrella for some shade.) More pluses: there’s plenty of parking, food vendors, picnic tables overlooking the azure ocean, clean restrooms and showers, plus a lifeguard on duty.