Skip to content

About Sand Dollar Beach in Big Sur, California

Sand Dollar Day-Use Picnic Area is along the southern Big Sur coast about half-way between Cambria and Big Sur Station. The picnic area and Sand Dollar Beach are popular in the summer months. Surfers ride the waves here as this is one of the few worthy surf spots in all of Big Sur.

Plaskett Creek Campground is nearby across Highway 1 so the beach gets day-use visitors and campers as well. Luckily it’s a long and wide sandy beach with lots of elbow room.

Despite the name, the beach is not littered with sand dollars most of the time. Your best bet is to go at at low tides during the winter months when waves can push lightweight sand dollars ashore. Any time of year is still worth walking the beach to look for them and other beachcombing items left behind by the highest tides.

Beautiful jade stones and other rounded sea rocks can also be found along the back of the beach. Nearby Jade Cove has more of these lovely green rocks, but the largest and most valuable ones have been hauled out already.

From the parking lot at the picnic area there is a footpath that leads to a long wooden stairway. At the bottom is a wide sandy beach with large rocks in the surf at the south end.

69232 Cabrillo Hwy
Big Sur, CA 93920
Park Name
Sand Dollar Picnic Area, Los Padres National Forest
Pet Details
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee for parking, camping
Beach Walking, Fishing, Picnicking, Beachcombing, Rockhounding, Camping, Surfing
Campground, Restrooms, Picnic Tables, BBQs
Monterey, US
5:26 pm, May 27, 2023
temperature icon 59°F
L: 0° H: 0°
Feels like 58.53 °F broken clouds
Wind gusts: 4 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 4 km
Sunrise: 5:52 am
Sunset: 8:13 pm
Humidity 82 %
Pressure1015 mb
Wind 4 m/s

Nearby Beaches

North Jade Cove

0.4 miles away

North Jade Cove is between Jade Cove and Sand Dollar Beach in the Big Sur area of Monterey County....

View beach

Jade Cove

0.6 miles away

Jade Cove is a rocky cove south of Sand Dollar Picnic Area on the southern Big Sur Coast. Jade...

View beach

Pacific Valley Beaches

1.4 miles away

Near the Pacific Valley Station in Los Padres National Forest there are several unnamed beaches below steep bluffs. Some...

View beach

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Lodging


There are no reviews yet. Be the first one to write one.