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Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, Mendocino Coast
Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, Mendocino Coast

- A Must See -
This beach is covered with rounded Sea Glass!

GLASS BEACH: We're not talking the occasional piece of seaglass as you stroll along. There are several awesome coves, littered with sea glass, some more than others. Obviously, the easily accessed coves have less glass remaining, but coves beyond are dazzling with huge amounts of sea glass that have been rounded by the rolling waves!!

In addition to marveling at all the ocean glass, Glass Beach has a very interesting array of tide pools to explore. Crabs, mollusks, and many aquatic plants make their homes in these ever changing environments. It is very easy to spend some time exploring around the tide pools and watching the busy little worlds that go on inside each one. Of course, tide pools are best viewed at low tide.

Glass Beach is one of the most unique beaches in the world, not only because nature's beauty, but because time and the pounding surf have corrected one of man's mistakes. For less than 20 years, starting around 1949, this cove that is now called "Glass Beach" was where town folk would toss their trash. It is hard to believe these days, but back then people dumped all kinds of refuse straight into the ocean, which of course included lots of glass. Thankfully, in 1967, the North Coast Water Quality Board realized this mistake and a new dump away from the ocean was created. Now, almost 50 years later, Mother Nature has cleansed and reclaimed this beach. Years of pounding waves and tidal action have crushed, rounded and polished tons of glass and piled it onto the beach. You'll find the occasional reminder of it's earlier life, but for the most part what you'll see is millions of pieces of sea glass sparkling in the sun.

Please Note: The Northern section of Glass Beach is a State Park (North of the path)and unfortunately, they frown upon you removing the glass. Sorry, but I need to warn you because it's a park rangers job to preserve a State Park! It's kind of like when you see a beautiful flower - stop, enjoy, appreciate its beauty - BUT DON'T TAKE IT - then it will still be there for the next person that comes behind you, and they can smell its sweet fragrance too!
BUT, if you explore South or (Turn Left) at the bluffs edge, you'll find a walking path down to other beaches of glass that have amazing collections of sea glass, you're OK to take a few pieces.

P.S. Anybody that tells you the glass is all gone,... didn't go to the correct cove.

Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, Mendocino Coast
in Fort Bragg

Take Main Street to Elm, turn West

Go toward the sea, park where you can, and walk toward the ocean's edge.

I love the photo above of Glass Beach! Look at the shoes, (although it's not about the shoes - even though they are laced really cool) It really shows how MUCH Glass there is on "Glass Beach"! | ©1998 - 2015 | MENDOCINO, Inc.