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Sand Dollar Beach

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Sand Dollar Beach is along the southern Big Sur coast, about halfway between Cambria and Big Sur Station. During the summer months the picnic area and Sand Dollar Beach are popular; these are rare surf spots in Big Sur. If you visit Sand Dollar because of its name, you'll probably be disappointed because most of the time there are no sand dollars on the beach. During the winter months at low tide, however, waves tend to push lightweight sand dollars ashore. You can always search for some jade stones and other rounded sea rocks found along the back of the beach instead. The beach is a state park with a $10 entrance fee, picnic tables, and restroom facilities. It's located just south of the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road intersection with Highway 1, making a nice rest stop if you drive in from the San Antonio Valley.