Big Sur Travel: Jade Cove

Big Sur Travel: Jade Cove

Jade Cove Recreation Area is located on California’s beautiful Big Sur Coast in Central California. There are many jade rocks that can be found on the shore or underwater. As long as you find the jade under the water or below the high tide line, it is legal to take whatever you find. There is not much of a parking lot, but it is two miles south of SandDollar Beach. You will have to climb down a rather steep hill to get to the beach. In 1971 there was a 9,000 pound boulder of jade that was taken from the water. There is also a Jade Festival every October.

For some lovely photos of Jade Cove and jade rocks:

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce:

Anne Marie Brown, Moon Handbooks: Monterey and Carmel, third edition (Berkeley,CA: Avalon Travel, 2009) pg. 157.

Liz Hamill Scott, Moon Handbooks: California, second edition, (Berkeley, CA: Avalon Travel, 2009) pg. 457.

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