Glass Beach, Fort Bragg

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#1 of 9 in Beaches in Mendocino County
You can find large quantities of sea glass at only a handful of beaches in the world, and Glass Beach is one of them. Until 1967, the beach was used as the city's landfill and was covered by all kinds of waste, including colored glass. A major cleanup effort, combined with the effect of the tides, removed all the litter smoothed the glass. Today, the shore is awash with millions of glass pebbles. You also can view a vibrant ecosystem in the tide pools, which are home to a variety of aquatic species. Note that it's illegal to remove glass from the north part of the beach, which is a part of a state park. Plan to visit Glass Beach and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Fort Bragg attractions using our Fort Bragg driving holiday planner.
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  • Yep! there is sure alot of glass on this beach. There are also some old rusted car parts, soles to shoes, and beach pottery, The sun shone briefly in the a.m and the glass was beautiful.  more »
  • Just a short walk from our hotel we came across this interesting beach. Although not visible at first there was plenty of glass at the shoreline. Lots of people but plenty of room. Tide comes in fast ...  more »
  • Not much glass but a good beach to visit. Plenty of parking. Not too far to walk. Always cool here in temperatures. It’s the Pacific ocean. 60 to 68 degrees in summer.  more »
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  • Sure, lots of the pieces of the glass are gone, but the place is still beautiful. There are lots of smaller pieces, but they do look like little precious stones. The shoreline features lots of beautiful ocean bluffs, and when it's not very crowded it's a lovely place.
  • Is it worth the drive to search for the glass beach? I guess it’s personal choice. The beach with sea glasses is small and it’s next to an abandoned industrial site.
  • Pretty, but see glass were very tiny. Not a lot to see, really. The drive to this place was gorgeous though.
  • Very lovely tide pools. Not really a beach. Good for taking pictures and going on adventures. There is also a trail to walk on that is about 2 miles long. Yeh beach is also pet friendly. Nice place to go exploring with your family.
  • Beautiful and scenic!There are two paths easy and difficult. Difficult is not that difficult it’s just a longer paved path that is bike accessible! The longer path does NOT let you go down to the beach area so if u want to see the beautiful pebbles take the easy path!
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