Sand Dollar Beach & Jade Cove

Sand Dollar Beach & Jade Cove

Hwy. 1
Big Sur, California 93920
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Local Phone: (805) 434-1996

Beautiful Sand Dollar Beach along Monterey's Big Sur coast is a popular dog-friendly place for picnicking, beach combing, searching for jade, fishing, and surfing. It is the largest beach in the area with plenty of room to spread out. The rough waves and strong rip-currents make it dangerous for wading and swimming.

Fees: $5 for day use at Sand Dollar Beach

Help us keep this beach beautiful and dog-friendly:
• Always follow the posted rules
• Respect natural marine life and habitats
• Be aware of tides and currents
• Pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints

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