Glass Beach, Fort Bragg

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#1 of 7 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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  • This is a nice scenic beach, but scavengers have all but eliminated the glass for which it's named. You have to look long and hard to find large pockets of multi-colored glass.  more »
  • It was a beautiful day at the beach. Lots of beautiful glass, shells and tide pools and very dramatic wave action. Hours of fun on the beach. Just be careful of the waves you can get caught and get ve...  more »
  • We have been lucky enough to stop here and see another wonder of our great country. This is one of the most humbling things that we have ever seen. This is a fantastic place to stop and just walk arou...  more »

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