When you’re in the business of capturing memories from Beach Sands all over the world, it’s important that you know as much about those locations as possible. This year we’re setting out to teach you more about the beaches and locations that make up the core of Dune Jewelry. Here are 4 of our favorites and make sure to let us know what sand we should feature next!


hos-1BIG SUR, California

Location: 36°06′27″N 121°37′33″W

Size: 90 miles of coastline (approx.)

Big Sur is a lightly populated region of the Central Coast of California where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean.  The name “Big Sur” is derived from the original Spanish-language “el sur grande”, meaning “the big south”, or from “el país grande del sur”, “the big country of the south”. This name refers to its location south of the city of Monterey. The terrain offers stunning views, making Big Sur a popular tourist destination. In the early to mid-20th century, Big Sur’s relative isolation and natural beauty began to attract writers and artists, including Robinson Jeffers, Henry Miller, Edward Weston, Richard Brautigan, Hunter S. Thompson, Emile Norman, and Jack Kerouac.


bb-waveNEW JERSEY SHORE, New Jersey

Location: 40.048°N 74.052°W

Size: 141 miles of coastline (approx.)

The Jersey Shore is the coastal region of the state of New Jersey. Geographically, the term encompasses about 141 miles (227 km) of oceanfront from New Brunswick in the north to Cape May Point in the south. To many New Jersey residents, it is simply referred to as “The Shore.” Famous for its many boardwalks with arcades, water parks, and amusement parks boasting hundreds of rides and attractions, the Jersey Shore is a popular vacation spot for Jersey Locals, New Yorkers, and Pennsylvanians, and various other states in the Northeastern United States.


sandglobenecklace-fOUTER BANKS, North Carolina

Location: 35.37365°N 75.49530°W

Size: 200 miles of coastline (approx.)

The Outer Banks (OBX) is a 200-mile-long (320 km) string of narrow peninsulas and barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina and a small portion of Virginia, beginning in the southeastern corner of Virginia Beach on the east coast of the United States. The Outer Banks are a major tourist destination and are known around the world for their subtropical climate and wide expanse of open beachfront. The Wright brothers’ first flight in a controlled, powered, heavier-than-air vehicle took place on the Outer Banks on December 17, 1903, at Kill Devil Hills near the seafront town of Kitty Hawk.


sb_b_1_1DESTIN, Florida

Location: 30°23′36″N 86°28′31″W

Size: 5.5 miles of coastline (approx.)

Located on Florida’s Emerald Coast, Destin is known for its white beaches and emerald green waters. Destin is named after Leonard Destin, a New London, Connecticut fishing captain who settled in the area between 1845 and 1850. Originating as a small fishing village, it is now a popular tourist destination. According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, over 80 percent of the Emerald Coast’s 4.5 million visitors each year visit Destin.