A small section of the Big Sur coastline is known to be strewn with nephrite jade making it very popular among rock collectors and amateur geologists. Most of the jade is found on the ocean floor near the shore but, of course, care and expertise should be exercised if attempting to dive for it. You can also look for the semi-precious stones which have washed up onto the shore. All jade must be collected by hand meaning no excavation is allowed. Please follow the rules on the signage! If you're more into animals than minerals, you're sure to see a few seals relaxing on the beach.