• Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Surfing

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Easy Parking
Groups
Scenic

Sand Dollar Beach is protected from Northern and Southern winds. Get the fire pit going and relax with your buddies at the campground.

Head into Big Sur and get a campsite at Plaskett Creek. You can either make a reservation through recreation.gov or show up and hope to luck out on one of the first-come, first-serve campsites. The campground is much more crowded during the prime summer months, so if you want to get better surf and a more isolated campsite, head there in the fall or winter.

Plaskett Creek is really close to Sand Dollar Beach, which makes it an easy walk once you cross the 1. The beach is in a cove, keeping it protected from northern and southern winds. This break is more user friendly than the other neighboring breaks. The lack of wind and fun waves makes it a great beach to get a few waves or hang out and snap a few shots of friends getting a few good ones.

Once you head back to camp, each campsite has a picnic table, fire pit, and grill, so kick back and get the food going!

Pack List

  • F-Stop Loka ultralightweight backpack
  • Goal Zero Lighthouse 250 Lantern
  • Clif Builder's Bar
  • Sony A7 with 24-70 Zeiss f4
  • Zeal Ace sunglasses
  • Petzl headlamp
  • Gerber Crucial mutlitool
  • Mizu water bottle
  • Westsuit
  • Booties
  • Camping gear
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Sand Dollar is one of the more accessible beaches along the coast and when the waves are good, an awesome surf spot. Unfortunately right now with the winter storms all the sand has been washed out and what was a sandy beach is now millions of rocks!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

A mandatory stop for anyone driving through Big Sur! Beautiful beach and great surfing right off of highway 1.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Beautiful beach, wish I could've stayed longer. Did some fun, low key surfing and sand dollar hunting. Great for pictures.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Sand Dollar Beach is INCREDIBLE... my sister and I stopped here on accident a few years ago and found the tiniest sea shells... not bigger than your thumb nail. It's totally worth it to head a little a futher north too to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park... gorgeous waterfall when you hike around and the tent sites are nice and spread out.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

if you don't have a state park pass, bring some $1 bills

over 4 years ago
over 4 years ago

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