South Point

South Point

. The southern tip of the Big Island, called South Point, is the southernmost point in the United States. From the main road (Hwy 11), the drive down to South Point is approximately 12 miles. The turnoff is located between mile markers 69 and 70 on Hwy 11. It's an interesting drive, starting in macadamia nut farms and scattered houses, winding through windmill farms and cattle ranches, and at the end of one fork, leading to rocky coastal cliffs. The water is rough here, but the fishing is quite good - locals frequently fish from the cliffs. The other fork in the road leads to a boat ramp and a uniquely Hawaii experience - green sand beaches. The best of these is appropriately called Green Sands Beach. It's a 2-1/2 mile walk to the beach from the parking area, including a scramble down the cliffs. When the surf is calm, it's an unusual and beautiful place.