For a quiet stretch of sand during the week, try this unmarked beach, which is a short drive northeast from downtown, just beyond mile marker 7. The place livens up on weekends when local families arrive with picnics, guitars, dogs and kids. A submerged lava shelf runs parallel to the beach about 25ft from the shore, shallow enough for swimmers to scrape over. Once you know it’s there, however, the rocks are easy to avoid, so take a look before jumping in.
The beach parking lot is at the first shoreline access sign on the Hana side of the 7-mile marker. There are no facilities.