Whittington Beach Park
Near the southernmost tip of the Big Island, you may happen upon a relatively unknown coastline known as Whittington Beach Park. The park is usually fairly empty, but there are several beautiful vantage points to take in the scenery. From this park you will see picturesque, sweeping visions of Pacific Ocean, as well as the stepped Kaʻū headlands that sprawl towards the mountains. The park shares its namesake with Richard H. Whittington, one of the earliest settlers of the area.
Although it’s considered a beach park, there is no traditional sand or beach to lie down on. However, the park features restrooms and benches, which makes it a convenient rest stop or picnic area regardless of which direction you are travelling. One of the more remarkable features of the park are the dilapidated remains of a pier which was originally used during Hawaii’s sugar plantation days. Unfortunately, the 1946 tsunami largely destroyed the town built around Whittington, and the area fell into disuse.
Today, Whittington Beach Park receives very few visitors, given its somewhat isolated location. Some locals filter in from the nearest town just a few miles away, where the spot is popular among fishermen. While the park is just under one acre, the coastline stretches on for miles and features tidepools and estuaries that harbor a microcosm of ocean life. There are not a lot of water activities that take place at Whittington Beach Park, given the rockiness of the coast, but the mellow, laid-back experience is worth the trip. Despite its often overlooked nature, it is definitely worth a look if you’re in the area.
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