by Loren Kantor in Cool Travel on Wednesday 13 March 2013

Jade Cove is a secluded Central California beach about 30 miles north of Hearst Castle. Its name comes from the vulcanized yellow/green jade rocks that wash up naturally on the shore. Jade collecting is permitted above the shore line and rock hounds can take their finds to the Big Sur Jade Company where a jeweler makes necklaces and charms. Score!