in the Big Sur aren't the wide, sunburned strands you may be accustomed
to. They require a bit more effort to reach and can be fog-shrouded
in summer, but their dramatic charms will stay with you for years
Caution: Swimming on most ocean beaches in Big Sur is not advised
due to rip currents, sleeper waves and cold water temperatures.
Much safer swimming, tubing and boating can be enjoyed in summer
in the Big Sur River's many waterholes and shallows.
MOLERA STATE PARK Twenty-three miles south of Carmel,
Andrew Molera is the largest state park on the South Coast. A
wide, scenic path leads through meadows and sycamore trees to
a sandy sheltered beach. The Big Sur River enters the sea here.
BEACH See the picnic listings
DOLLAR BEACH A mile south of the U.S. Forest Service
Station in Pacific Valley, this sandy protected beach is possibly
the finest beach in the area. Protected by a bluff to the north
from cold winds, the weather here is quite mild. You might even
risk taking off your parka. Jade Cove beach is two miles south.