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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

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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San Leandro, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It is quite interesting how this glass beach was created. Who would have thought that a landfill would create something unique like this? Tourists still take glass in bags, so the glass beach is rapidly disappearing. I collected rubber car wiring instead and when I did find blue and red pieces of glass, I threw it back into the ocean... More

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San Jose, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Glasses are very sparse. They might have been there before, but nowhere to be seen now. Beach is still beautiful. Otherwise you take left, right or any other place you will still not find glasses like once it were before. Do not have high hopes for this place. Hopefully once the construction is over, they will have something better in... More

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Hamburg, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Glass Beach is Open it is only the Main Access that is closed during construction until November. On the weekends and holidays you can get through to the left called Site 2 (although you have to climb down some rocks) but during the week there is another access . If you want to know the other access to Glass Beach... More

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I was enchanted by the idea of a beach of glass and therefore added it to my list. I was disappointed when we pulled up to the ranger station only to learn not only was the beach closed until November there also was very little glass to be seen. Not sure why others still love it as we did not... More

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Whangarei
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It may have have pretty sand etched glass all over it as per the postcards sometime but was certainly not the case when I saw it. Hardly my definition of a beach either.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

There's a lot of construction going on at Glass Beach with new trails/paths leading to the beach. The beach was clean and accessible with an interesting history. It is well worth visiting when in Fort Bragg and would be of interest to all ages.

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El Dorado, California
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

However, we could still access the beach from the other side. There isn't anymore glass on the beach. That was a bummer. But the beach is still,beautiful. There is also a raised concrete trail you can use to walk on if you don't feel like walking on the sand.

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