Where Elm St. meets the ocean
Wave-worn and abundant, Glass Beach's beautiful treasures of polished glass are spread along the shoreline of this section of The Mendocino coast and await spectators from all corners of the globe. Gem-quality pieces of sea glass are the ocean's most overlooked treasure, often transformed into beautiful displays, jewelry, crafts and works of colorful art.
What is now a beach covered almost completely in polished sea glass treasures, Glass Beach started as the town dump in the mid 1900s. Time and ocean waves have cleansed the area only to leave behind this remarkable and serene mecca.
Featured in many articles, travel stories and features, Glass Beach CA was recently featured in Martha Stewart Living Magazine's article entitled "Shore Things," describing this treasure-trove as "having almost as much sea glass as sand."
Here are more writings about Fort Bragg's Glass Beach:
"Glass Beach is a beautiful, rugged beach west of Fort Bragg, with cliffs and crashing waves. There's little sand, but nevertheless, Glass Beach is one of California's most interesting beaches. For many years, a steady stream of visitors collected glass to take home." ( read entire article )
"Glass Beach is one of the most unique beaches in the world, not because nature created it that way, but because time and the pounding surf have corrected one of man's mistakes...Now, over 30 years later, Mother Nature has reclaimed this beach. Years of pounding wave action have deposited tons of polished glass onto the beach."
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"A secret beach lures visitors in the know to Fort Bragg, an unpretentious town in Northern California. So much sea glass smothers this hidden shoreline that you might think a truck unloaded shimmering shards all over its rocky coves --and that's not too far from the truth." ( read entire article )
"Glass Beach is one of the most popular tourist spots on the Mendocino Coast, especially among treasure hunters searching for bits of colored glass and pottery worn smooth by the tides.
Access: go to the north end of Ft. Bragg, and turn west onto Elm St at the traffic light by Denny's. Drive 3 blocks, and park where the road turns around to the right.
From the parking area, walk straight out the quarter-mile path to a beach. Trash was dumped here until the early 1970s, and bits of glass and are detritus from those dumps. It's best to visit Glass Beach on a sunny day, so that the glass lights up nicely. Make sure you go around low tide. As a nice bonus, the path out to the beach is lined with huge blackberry bushes, which are covered with berries in late summer."
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