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Glass Beach

Elm Street and Glass Beach Drive, Santa Maria Ca, Fort Bragg, CA
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Ranked #6 of 12 Attractions in Fort Bragg
Type: Beaches
Activities: Hiking
Traveler Description: ALERT!  Glass Beach will be closed from August 18 through November 30, 2014 The city is constructing a new 93 acre park on the old industrial acreage... more »
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Los Angeles, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Our trip was just perfect! Found lots/left lots of sea glass! Quiet walks among the dunes! You can not take a bad picture! Local are friendly, love to talk! Very clean! PLEASE LEAVE IT THAT WAY!!! Hope to see you there, first week in October!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

I come to fort bragg twice a year, originally from california currently live on east coast. I truly love fort bragg I have been following this coastal trail update very closely and I want to share something. Glass beach is beautiful and I have been in touch with Marie jones from the city of fort bragg for clarification on site... More

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Pleasanton, California
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282 reviews 282 reviews
174 attraction reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I've heard a lot of reviews of this place and they were quite contradictory, so I just decided to see it myself ... So here is what I found: 1. Getting there. It's a long drive from San Francisco and the last 30 miles can make a lot of people sick because it's a narrow winding hilly road (that's if... More

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santa rosa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

At first, we were a little disappointed after following the masses of people to one spot on the beach and only finding a few pieces of glass. But if you walk to the left instead of going down the path on the right with the masses and aren't afraid to do a little climbing, you'll find lots of beautiful glass... More

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McMinnville, Oregon
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52 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

I love the idea of it and seeing the pictures made this place look heavenly but really it is a same-old dirty California beach littered with tourists and foul smells. There is no large pieces of glass left, only very small pebbles.

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Orange County, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

There's enough to engage everyone here. While the adults enjoyed looking through the glass and other "artifacts", kids enjoyed exploring the tidepools which were full of anemones, various species of crab and fish. The only disappointment was the people (adults who should know better), who sat there sifting through the "sand" with gallon sized bags upon bags of sea glass,... More

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Sonoma, California, USA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Went there the first weekend of September, 2014. There are constuction trucks everywhere! Follow the handmade signs to Glass Beach. Note you have to walk down and up narrow trails through scrub brush. Not wheelchair accessible until they finish the new path and parking lot in November (or so the sign said). Definitely not a lot of glass on Glass... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

My wife and I are seasoned travelers, having been to all 50 states and much of Canada. However, we had never been to a glass beach until we went to Fort Bragg. It was the most unique beach I think I have ever been to. I could have spent hours there sifting through the glass. My only complaint was that... More

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Freeport, Pennsylvania
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107 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We found it easiest to get to the beach by taking Elm St (at the northern end of Fort Bragg) to the west. Parking along the street was free and plentiful. From there it's not obvious where to go (although with the ocean still to the west) we just walked in that direction. There were a surprising number of homeless... More

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Palo Alto, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Remnants of an old brewery that burned down on the shore 100 or so years ago. Hundreds of glass bottles broke into small pieces and the surf and sand have worn off all the sharp edges. Fun to search for your favorite color.

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