Sandy Beach Park, on Oahu’s south shore, is a beautiful white sandy beach great for watching the sunrise from the east, flying a kite on the typically strong tradewinds, and boogie boarding on its short wave swells. Locals have nicknamed Sandy Beach, “break neck beach” and approach the coast along the shore with caution as many injuries are reported here annually.


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  • Stop at scenic lookouts along Kalanianaole Highway during your drive to and from Sandy Beach
  • Find a spot on the beach to watch some of Hawaii’s best boogie boarders and body surfers.
  • Depending on the wind conditions of the day, you can see many kites being flown above Sandy Beach.
  • Head to Sandy Beach before dawn for the best sunrise views.


An access road to Sandy Beach was built in 1931 and the park has increased in popularity ever since. In 2014, the Honolulu City Council proposed changing the name to “President Barack Obama Sandy Beach Park,” but public opposition ended the effort.

Tips when Visiting Sandy Beach

  • Arrive early to secure a parking spot as parking is limited.
  • Read and follow all warning signs on the beach.
  • Speak with a lifeguard before you plan on entering the water as the ocean conditions can be very rough and dangerous.
  • There are restrooms and showers available.

Frequently Asked Questions

On most days, Sandy Beach is not a good beach for swimming since it often has high surf, strong shore breaks, and a powerful current. Only proficient boogie boarders and body surfers should enter the water, and should always speak to a lifeguard before hand.

No, there are no vendors located at Sandy Beach, and you will need to bring your own umbrellas and chairs.

While there maybe a food truck available during your visit, it is not guaranteed. You can stop ahead of time at Koko Marina in Hawaii Kai to pick up food and beverages before heading to Sandy Beach.

No, you cannot drink alcohol at any beach on Oahu.

How to Get to Sandy Beach

The easiest way to get to Sandy Beach is by car. Located on Kalanianaole Highway, Sandy Beach is approximately 30 minutes away from Waikiki, and on hour away from Ko Olina.

You can also go to Sandy Beach on the Honolulu City Bus from Waikiki by taking the #23 Hawaii Kai – Sea Life Park route to Kealahou St + Kalanianaole Hwy.