We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Elm Street and Glass Beach Drive, Santa Maria Ca, Fort Bragg, CA
Activities: Hiking
Description: The sand at this unusual beach is covered with interesting-shaped and...
The sand at this unusual beach is covered with interesting-shaped and colored rocks and stones.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 629 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 217
    Excellent
  • 211
    Very good
  • 120
    Average
  • 61
    Poor
  • 20
    Terrible
Nice, but

A bit of a walk down steep embankment - could not make it as disabled. But very pretty place! Great views

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
AngelineJoVan
,
Angels Camp, California
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

629 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This is a neat place , lots of glass on the beach ... Been coming here for years and there's still lots of glass , it just keeps on washing up on the beach ... Very cool ...

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
35 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

It's beautiful, but I don't want to enjoy the beach with my head stuck down, looking for bits of glass. We walked all over, and never saw anything that resembles the glass-filled beach. For the most part, it was more crowded than the other state beaches, and didn't seem that different. Still gorgeous, don't get me wrong!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Angels Camp, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW via mobile

A bit of a walk down steep embankment - could not make it as disabled. But very pretty place! Great views

Was this review helpful? Yes
Petaluma, California
Top Contributor
232 reviews 232 reviews
75 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

The best part is the new hiking path along the bluffs where the mill used to reside. Glass Beach was slim pickings and only for the extremely patient. The ocean and cove vistas as you walk along the bluffs are the real attraction here. A large parking lot and newly built benches provide a pleasant stroll. To the north from... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oakland, California
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

When we were there (late March 2015), glass beach was closed. This was very disappointing. We could tell why; it looked like the cliff had crumbled away and it was simply not safe. Some people climbed down anyways but we did not want to risk it. What a shame! I was surprised that it was closed given that no one... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Dallas, Texas
Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
42 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

With the work on the trail, access is changed (easier). The signs are gone that warned about taking glass. With the change, I do not know if you can still take glass from the left side (before only the right side was park property).

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Davis, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

From the trail, it might seem like the beach is off limits, but there are 2 or 3 paths down. Not very comfortable on bare feet. It really is all sea glass, we couldn't leave in under 2 hours. I was with my two 7- and 9-yo daughters and they were thrilled.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bandon, Oregon, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I had never been to a glass beach. I spend many hours on my home beach in Bandon Oregon.I have a business where I gather shells, glass ,and agates from the beach and use them in my wreaths for sale. Therefore, I consider a beach just part of my daily life. On the way home from a month in Ireland... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Menifee, California
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We very much enjoyed the hour we spent here. If it hadn't been windy and cold we would have stayed much longer! My husband and I had a great time looking for unusual pieces of sea glass. Please remember, this is a state park and you can't take any pieces away with you, but you can photograph your collection and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Denver, Colorado
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
33 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This was a great place to walk to. Unfortunately, a recent storm had made it so that you could not climb down the stairs to the best beach to search for the small chards of glass, but going to the other side was just as rewarding for us. A person could sit and sift for hours at a time and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Glass Beach also viewed

Fort Bragg, Mendocino County
 
Fort Bragg, Mendocino County
Fort Bragg, Mendocino County
 

Been to Glass Beach? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Glass Beach and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Glass Beach staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?