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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  • The Beach was very rocky and beautiful. Very few pieces of glass around. I guess people scavenge here quite often. Ocean was crazy. Better beware. Several people were surprised by the surf and were kn...  more »
  • Very unique beach! Lots of small glass fragments that have been polished by the rocks and pounding surf. Easy access with ample parking and public restrooms in the parking area.  more »
  • Very hard to navigate and we went on the Easy side. I did see a few small pieces of glass but not much. The smell went a bit beyond the normal ocean smell. It smelled of a garbage can there. ICK. I wo...  more »

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