It is always much more fun to find a perfect and whole sand dollar tucked into the sand, waiting for you to stumble by and find it, treasure it, and take it home. However, that is not the case for a vast majority of sand dollars that find there way tumbling to shore in the waves along the Oregon coast. It may be crushing to flip over a perfect and good looking sand dollar bottom to reveal the smashed face, just to toss back to the sand to continue breaking down in the churn of the waves, but it just makes it that much more special when they are found whole.
Keep searching and you will find more perfect sand dollars than you will ever know what to do with.
Beach combing is a fun activity along the coast. You never know what you might encounter or find that has washed up on the shore. Finding intact whole shells is a fun activity for the kids and adults as well, but also keep your eyes peeled for a shiny Oregon coast agate or a special fishing float that has washed ashore after coming loose in a storm. While the winter can be a stormy season there tends to be a day of break occasionally that will be mild and are perfect for getting out for a long walk along the shore.