Kee Beach State Park on Kauai's north shore sits at the foot of the Napali Coast trail that leads up to the volcanic cliffs surrounding this beautiful cove. A reef protects its waters, making it wonderful for swimming and snorkeling (the open ocean's strong current and huge waves make it dangerous to go out past the reef's edge, though).
Gentle waves from the generally tranquil waters crash against the small strip of golden shore and the amazing view of the cliffs create a wonderful ambiance. Make sure to avoid it at high surf times, though, since waves can kick up to 20 feet high.
It's also a somewhat famous scenic spot, since part of the "Thornbirds" movie was filmed here.
There is no lifeguard on duty, but there are restrooms and showers plus free parking.
You need to park in the same spots as the hikers heading up the trails use, though, so get there early and bring any food or drinks you might need. At the end of Hwy. 560, about 7 ½ miles past Hanalei.
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