Photo selection for the week of September 19-25,2014
When someone thinks about California beaches, Sand Dollar is not the vision that someone imagines if they have never before visited the Big Sur coast.
Compared to beaches in southern California, this beach isn't very long and is backed up hard to the bluffs making it narrow. However, that doesn't mean that you won't be pleased if you visit here.
Taking the drive along Highway 1 (aka PCH or Cabrillo Highway) requires numerous breaks for viewing the spectacular scenery that Big Sur affords, if not also for rest and comfort.
And there are few places along the 90 miles of Big Sur where you can take a restful walk along the beach like here at Sand Dollar.
Location: Highway 1, Monterey County, near the small community of Plaskett. Actual address is: 69232 Cabrillo Highway, Big Sur, CA 93920
Miles from: Carmel - 61; Cambria - 40
Mile Marker: Mon 13.8 (Monterey County; 13.8 miles north of the southern border with San Luis Obispo County)
GPS Coordinates: 35.920867, -121.466512
Organization: US Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service. A part of the Los Padres National Forest.
Services and facilities: Ample parking; restrooms and picnic areas; most shaded by trees.
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible restrooms in the parking area with handicapped parking; picnic tables; packed dirt pathway to the bluffs above the beach area. No wheelchair access to the beach proper as it is accessed only by a stairway down from the bluffs.
Fee: $10 for day use; no camping here.
Dogs: Allowed on the beach on leash
Jade collecting: Allowed south of the beach access stairway starting at the mean high tide line seaward to the 90 foot depth line. Click here for the full regulations
Jade Cove is located south of Sand Dollar Beach at mile marker 13.3
Camping nearby: Plaskett Creek Campground (by reservation only).
Lodging nearby: Treebones - 2 mi. south; Ragged Point Inn - 15.4 mi south; Lucia Lodge - 9.2 mi. north.
Hiking: Pacific Valley Bluff Trail. This trail is found just north of Sand Dollar and gives a great southerly look at the beach. Access is by means of a stile (stairs) over the fence and a mostly level walk to the point. Parking is alongside the road directly across from the ranger station. (Approx. mile marker 14.7) This trail can also be accessed from the Sand Dollar Day Use parking area taking the trail about 1/2 mile north.