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Glass Beach

Elm Street and Glass Beach Drive, Santa Maria Ca, Fort Bragg, CA
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Hate to give one star but it earned it

It had been years since I'd been to Glass Beach and when we arrived I was pleased to see a new (to... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2016
San Francisco, California
Rename this beach!

I have been to many beaches with much more glass than this beach. You need to walk a fair amount... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2016
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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The sand at this unusual beach is covered with interesting-shaped and colored rocks and stones.
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good30%
  • Average19%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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“tide pools” (98 reviews)
Elm Street and Glass Beach Drive, Santa Maria Ca, Fort Bragg, CA
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

It had been years since I'd been to Glass Beach and when we arrived I was pleased to see a new (to me) parking area and restroom area. What I wasn't pleased to see was an absence of maps or markers indicating where the Glass...More

1  Thank 94121travel
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

I have been to many beaches with much more glass than this beach. You need to walk a fair amount and climb a difficult path. Very disappointed. If you want loads of glass without risking a fine, visit Rincon, Puerto Rico.

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Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Little pieces of "cooked" glass all over the beach. Mostly white and brown, with tiny pieces of green and blue. Lots of people collecting and some question as to the legality of keeping the glass as it is in a state park. No signs that...More

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Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

What a shame to see this once-great treasure loved to death by glass thieves. Nothing lasts forever . The new Headlands Park is worth the visit.

Thank Jimbo316
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

If you like how things change over time, and like glass you will love this. I loved how over time the glass turns smooth and like a rock. I wish I could have taken some home. Be careful going down the stairs the last few...More

1  Thank stacymeadows
Reviewed 1 September 2016

It doesn't look like the postcards. The beach glass fragments are, for the most part, way smaller than the size of a penny. I think all the nice pieces have long since been taken. Despite some signs that say there's a fine if you take...More

Thank essenceq
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Drove all the way from Sacramento CA., and the drive was beautiful. Stopped along the way at Cache Creek winery before continuing onto Fort Bragg. The tranquility of the ride was therapeutic. Once we arrived, the coolness of the sea breeze was incredible. Loved the...More

Thank ibkphoto
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

As others have said, the Glass Beach is no longer filled with pieces of glass polished by ocean waves. Even though people have been asked to leave the glass, tourists are still taking what they want. At low tide a foul odor filled the area....More

Thank LofL
Reviewed 29 August 2016

We travelled about 4 hours to go see Glass Beach. It was well worth the trip. Apparently the beach is made up from garbage that was deposited into the ocean many years ago. Overtime glass was broken down and smoothed out before redepositing onto this...More

2  Thank Cynthia H
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Glass beach is nowhere near the beaches I have been to in the Philippines and Thailand but it offers something different, something that I have seen for the very first time - that is the beach front is made of multi-color glass. The beach is...More

1  Thank jun_barnes
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Where can you park an RV for a couple hours while enjoying Glass Beach?
7 April 2017|
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Response from Wayne O | Reviewed this property |
RVs can park on Glass Beach Drive off W. Elm St. Just a 1/4 mile from Glass Beach shore. Google either Glass Beach and W. Elm St. Enjoy!
John A
Is glass beach dog friendly?
28 March 2017|
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Response from Cindy D | Reviewed this property |
The upper paths had jogging/walking dog friendly trails. The beach area was closed due to the storms and mud while we were there.
We usually go to Puerto Rico beaches for sea glass and pottery shards. Is there any pottery at glass beach? I wouldn't want buckets, but a piece or two for my jar would be great. We are driving from San Diego and this is on my CA bucket list. Is it worth it? I assume low tide is best, right?
20 January 2017|
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Response from PBD22 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is sea pottery. Definitely worth it. We drove up RT1 from SF just to see the beach. Thru mudslides, power outages and road closings. So worth it! We were there during the storms in February 2017. I wish I could... More