Another beach near Pa'ia on the Road to Hana is H.A. Baldwin Beach Park, just out of town. The larger parking lots at Baldwin Beach Park give you a much better chance finding a spot. You can watch planes taking off far off to the west at the nearby Kahului Airport. Because of the outlying reef, the waves are not as rough as they can be at Ho’okipa Beach, and you can find spots safe enough for small children to enjoy. There is a natural rock wall at one end of the beach which forms a large natural pool. You may also encounter sea turtles sunning on the beach and swimming in the surf. Baldwin Beach is fully equipped with lifeguards, bathrooms, showers, water, barbecue pits, picnic tables and a covered pavilion. The dunes all along this area are an ancient Hawaiian burial site. Baldwin Beach Park is an extremely popular beach destination for North Shore residents, and on weekends and holidays the large parking area can fill up quickly. Even so, there are still usually large empty stretches of beach available, and you can usually find plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the Hawaiian sun.
During winter months, the main beach at Baldwin Beach is a popular destination for experienced boogie-boarders. The surf can get extremely rough, so please make sure to pay special attention to any posted safety warnings.
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