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Glass Beach

Address: Elm Street and Glass Beach Drive, Santa Maria Ca, Fort Bragg, CA
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Ranked #8 of 15 Activities in Fort Bragg
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: The sand at this unusual beach is covered with interesting-shaped and colored rocks and stones.
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Activities: Hiking
Owner description: The sand at this unusual beach is covered with interesting-shaped and colored rocks and stones.

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Arnold, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Looks like the city took to trying to improve Glass Beach. Construction blocks the way and though posted, no one pays attention and ignore the no trespassing. People continue to pick up glass and take it, which is illegal. If you go, go at low tide.

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Chico, California
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35 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We love going to Glass Beach each time we visit Fort Bragg. I love picking up the little pieces of colored glass. A few pieces each time to add them to a special jar.

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North Bay, Ontario
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We tried to find Glass Beach on our own but eventually had to ask a local. It is not too far of a walk from the parking area, and the path is wide and paved. Easy steps down to the beach. As it is now part of the state park, it is illegal to remove the glass. Interesting to see,... More 

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Clifton, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The many years of jerks taking the glass has made this beach much less cool than it could be. While we were there about 30 other people were picking up every miniscule piece of glass they could find. It was still cool to see and a nice walk down to the beach, but it wasn't how I expected it to... More 

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Lecanto, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We went to the museum first and the owner showed us where the glass beach was, what a find! Make the effort and go, you won't be disappointed.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

The beach is difficult to walk to now as path is under construction and behind in completion. Beach itself is long walk and interesting only if you are searching for seaglass which you can find as tides change.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Glass Beach is a unique experience. The ocean has transformed old trash dump sites deposits to much sought after sea glass. The main entrance has been fenced off and the area is being converted to improve the protection of the area and will open in 2015. It's worth a visit, iwhen you are in the area.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Once we found the actual beach it was loaded with glass. Be sure to go south on the trail. Currently all is under construction. Haybales signal the stairway down to the beach. Conflicting views on whether it is OK to take glass. Understand it is close to the water, it is OK.

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

It was nice seeing natural glass from the sea but didn't find any spots like the pictures online. Disappointed.

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Redwood City, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We enjoyed picking through the sea glass and exploring the tide pools. If you are patient, there are lots of treasures to see.

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