Carlsmith Beach Park (see more photos) is one of the nicer beaches in the Hilo area. This side of the Big Island is mainly made up of lava rocks, but Carlsmith Beach Park has a sandy ocean bottom.
There is no sandy beach, but it’s a great place for swimming and snorkeling because the nearshore waters are protected by a reef. The entire area consists of several relatively large lagoons. Freshwater bubbles up from the bottom in several areas, so there are some cooler spots throughout the lagoons.
Sea turtles can often times be seen here. They are tame and don’t seem to mind the people in the water. They sometimes even swim up to snorkelers instead of away from them. The beach park has a spacious grassy area with trees, so there is plenty of room for a picnic.
Directions: From downtown Hilo, drive east on Kalanianaole Avenue. There is a parking lot right on front of Carlsmith Beach Park on the left-hand side of the street.
Now 79°F Windchill: 79°F
Location: Hilo, HI, US
Wind: 13 mph SE
Visibility: 0.1 mi
Pressure: 29.9 in rising
Sunrise: 6:33 am
Sunset: 5:38 pm
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Hi: 81°F Low: 69°F
Reviews and Comments:
We visited Carlsmith Beach in March and we really loved
it there, so we went back there a few times even though
we were staying in the Pahoa area. The beach park has a
few protected crystal clear coves, perfect for swimming
and bathing, which was great for me because I'm not
a good swimmer. Even two baby turtles came very close
to me :) It seems Carlsmith Beach is also very popular
among local residents. One downside of this park is
that the parking lot is small and since it was busy we
had to park on the side of the road and walk a bit to
get to the beach.