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Kailua Kona, Hawaii: Beaches, Eating, Camping and More

Updated on June 23, 2012
Sunset at a Kona Beach
Sunset at a Kona Beach | Source
Mauna Kea Beach in Waikoloa, Hawaii
Mauna Kea Beach in Waikoloa, Hawaii | Source

If you are looking for the best place to spend your summer on the beach, with a drink in hand, Kailua-Kona is the perfect destination. Kailua-Kona is on the West-side of the Big Island of Hawaii and is one of the top vacation destinations in the world.

Locals call the area "Kona," where you can surf, get a tan, and swim with marine life that can be found nowhere else in the world. To plan your trip to the Big Island, scroll down and see what Hawaii has to offer this summer.

Kailua-Kona Beaches

Hawaii is known for it's beautiful beaches, but you may not know where to start while driving down the long, sandy coast. There are a number of beaches on the Kona-side for you to choose from depending on whether your perfect beach day is a relaxing in the sand with the turtles or catching a perfect perfect wave.

Whether you want to tan, swim, snorkel or surf, there is a perfect beach for you on the Big Island. Many of them are near Kona and can be visited by driving down the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway.

The link below is a guide to the best beaches on the Big Island with all of the information you need to get your beach day started.

Green Sea Turtles call Hawaii their home!  You can see many of them on our beautiful beaches, but do not touch them as they are an endangered species.
Green Sea Turtles call Hawaii their home! You can see many of them on our beautiful beaches, but do not touch them as they are an endangered species. | Source

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Where Should you Stay on the Big Island?

There are many hotels and resorts in Kona that have sandy beaches in their backyard. Some of the best resorts have their own pools, lagoons, and beaches that tourists come to enjoy.

You can relax at the hotel or get out and explore the island's scenic treasures. From the many resorts, you can take a short drive to see the lava flow, see a turtle, ride a kayak through an old sugar cane irrigation ditch, and much more.

Mauna Kea Beach Resort
Mauna Kea Beach Resort | Source

Camping in Kona

If you are feeling more adventurous, or are just trying to save some extra cash, you can camp on the Big Island. Imagine waking up on a sunny day at the beach. You walk through the sand and take an early-morning dip into the water before heating up the barbecue for breakfast. If you camp on the Big Island, your whole vacation can be at the beach.


Why Kona is the Best Place for a Summer Vacation

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii has so much to offer in food, beaches, resorts and scenery. With a rental car, you can drive to some of the most beautiful places in the world including Waipi'o Valley, Kilauea Volcano, Kohala and the Green Sand Beach.

Kona is the best place to have a beach vacation because no matter where you are, you are within minutes of finding a secluded part of the coast to enjoy your day in peace. If you are looking for more information on the Big Island or want to start planning your trip, use the helpful guides below to find out what Hawaii has to offer.

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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you, HBN! Those are actually my mom's feet, but I love the photo for that same reason. Thank you so much! Mahalo

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Great travel hub with lots of information and resources. I particularly loved the photograph of your feet. Makes it easy for the viewer to imagine themselves looking out at that stunning scene.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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      Brittany Kennedy 6 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Thank you, Movie Master and SanneL. Kona is my home, but it is such a beautiful place. I hope you both can visit someday.

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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      Looks truly captivating! I would love to visit one day.

      You have shared some interesting information where to stay and do on your vacation in Hawaii. Voted up. Thank you.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Oh how I would love to visit - maybe one day, it's on my 'to do' list!

      A very well written and interesting article thank you and voted up.

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      France Travel Inf 6 years ago

      This was a wonderful "staycation" for me on this rainy day! Beautiful pictures and very well written article!

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      teacherjoe52 6 years ago

      A very well written and informative article.

      Thank you.