Paddleboard for sand dollars

Looking for a paddleboard adventure for more advanced paddlers and older kids?

Rent a stand up paddleboard and head out to the second sandbar and start exploring! This is the perfect spot to search for sand dollars that live buried in the sand along the sandbar.

By the way–no need to lug around a ton of gear, some rental companies offer delivery!

So how do you get to the second sandbar? The sandbar is typically 500 yards out (it moves seasonally) and is about a 2-3 minute paddleboard trip. You’ll know you’re in the right place when the water is lighter and it’s shallow enough for an adult to stand. Once you reach the sandbar, you can dig for sand dollars with your toes or dive down and search with goggles.

The sand dollars won’t be white like the ones you see in the store. Instead, these sea urchins are a brown color while they’re alive. Please be sure to release all live sand dollars when you’re done!

Tip from our locals:

It’s best to head to the second sandbar in the morning when the wind is light–Henderson Beach State Park is a great beach to try. Be aware that sand dollars sometimes emit a yellow dye that can stain skin or swimsuits!

Looking for a paddleboard adventure for beginners? Check out our Beginner Paddleboarding adventure!

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