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Big Sur Travel: Sand Dollar Beach


Big Sur Travel:  Sand Dollar Beach

Sand Dollar Beach is located near the middle of the stretch of coastline known as Big Sur.  This horseshoe-shaped beach is located 32 south of the town of Big Sur, across the street from Plaskett Creek Campground.  It has the largest beach in the Big Sur area, and often has good weather.  There is a short trail that will lead you down the stairway to the beach.

For pictures of Sand Dollar Beach, go to google and type in Sand Dollar Beach photos.


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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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