I loved to collect different kinds of stones and glasses since my childhood. As a hobby, I did collect differently shaped and colored stones and sea glasses when I travel with parents. Yes, Sea Glass Beach California is one of the best beaches where I always loved to travel to see the beautiful and colorful glass pieces exist on the beach. Although I know that I can’t take them home, still I satisfied by seeing and touching them. Of course, it is worth to know everything about this amazing sea glass beach California.
Where is it located? Sea Glass Beach California
It is exactly located on the southern side of McKerricher State Park in Fort Bragg, California, Central America. That means the northern coastal line of California. Actually getting access to this beach is very easy to this Glass Beach. What you just have to do is to park your vehicle in the Glass Beach vehicle park and walk down to the beach to see the free supernatural and colorful Glass Beach in California. (Exactly few blocks west of Highway 1 off of West Elm Street.
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And keep in mind to wear suitable shoes to reach the beach by climbing through rocks and glassy stones. The glassy places are scattered along the beach. So, you will have to walk along the beach through rocks to find all the amazing sea glass beached around.
History of the Sea Glass Beach California
From 1906 to 1967, this place was used as a dumping place of cars, bottles, appliances, batteries, pottery, old glass windows, mirrors, and most of the non-decomposing pieces of stuff. You may get a problem in your mind, where did this particular beach get this amount of stuff to create this miracle.
It had happened due to the huge earthquake that occurred in San Fransisco in 1906. It had hit a lot to Fort Bragg, California as well. So, after the earthquake, people wanted such a huge place to dump their broken things. Most of the people dumped those burned, broken things in a large quantity into the beaches which were expected to be disappeared with the sea waves. Sea Glass Beach California is such a place that was dumped a huge amount of glasses and eventually turned into an amazing spot of colors.
The dumped things may be mixed with saltwater and may be dipped in salt water for a long time and again came back to the beach with waves. This is not an artificial incident, it is a supernatural creation done by the dumped mirrors and glasses with the sea waves. But after 1960, when the nation rose and developed, people identified a need to conserve the beaches. Then, the government identified this amazing creation of sea Glass Beach California.
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The Mermaid Story on sea glass
That is the scientific and true explanation about the formation of Glass Beach. But, I have heard a story of a mermaid connected with the formation of this Glass beach. As a nice folk story, it says that this was formed with the tears of a beautiful mermaid who fell in love with a sailor in the deep sea. I think it is a very creative and lovely story made for this amazing place to add some value.
Formation of sea glass on the glass beach
Now you may have a brief idea about the formation of these sea glasses. Some call this “Beach Glass” since it was formed on the beach. But some people call this “Sea Glass” since it was mixed with saltwater and dipped in saltwater for a long time and then came to the beach with sea waves.
I go with the second name. “Sea Glass” is the correct name since the reasons explain it well. But I have another question which bothers to mind always. It is “why all the dumped glasses from different places in the world came exactly to this place?”. I didn’t get a justifiable answer for that to mention here. So, if you know that, please comment below.
Now, you should understand that this whole process takes many years. Interacting with chemicals in different pH levels, weathering processes, the hydration process and finally the crystal formation process is total chemical magic happened with the time. Since this is a natural process, you will feel a very different and soft feeling when you touch those glasses. It does not feel like an artificially made glass with lime and soda.
How different colors come to sea glass
We already know that sea glass is made with soda bottles, glass food containers, medicine bottles, liquor bottles (wine, beer, and others), old milk bottles and many more glass items. The researchers highlight that these different colors occur due to different reasons. Let’s figure out those reasons.
Commonly, you can see pure white sea glasses on the Sea Glass Beach California. Those are expected to be originated from the above-mentioned bottles (soda, Mason, and Bali canning jars, old milk bottles and medicine bottles). And the brown color may come from the beer, root beer, and whiskey bottles. Also, another important color is Kelly green color which may come from lemon-lime flavored soda like 7-up, Mountain Dew, Sprite and Heineken.
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Rare colors of sea glass
Seafoam green color also gives very beautifully sea glasses and reasons for that color highlights as the old seltzer mineral water bottles, baking soda, fruit jars and ink bottles like stuff. On the other hand, amber color sea glasses are also more famous and most probably made up of old Clorox and Lysol bottles, tobacco jars, brown mason jars, beer bottles, and medicinal bottles.
And some rare glass like pink sea glass is made with Depression Glass. Also, cobalt blue sea glass is guessed to be made with the milk of magnesia bottles, Vicks vapor rub, Bromo Setlzer, vintage Noxzema jars, ink bottles and like stuff. Those are only some colors and you can even research for more rare types of Sea Glass as well.
Best time to visit the Sea Glass Beach California
Most of the people who visited there specifically mention that, you must visit Sea Glass Beach after a high tide or a full moon during the spring or fall. Then you can see most of the colorful glass pieces even some rare glasses as well. Strickly keep in mind that, you cannot take anything home or remove anything from the beach.
Since many travelers are coming all the way to see those glass, it is not ethical to take them home. So, just touch them, take photographs and feel the beauty. Do not disturb the natural way of those sea glass beaches in coves.
But the sad part is, although the authority doesn’t allow and prohibit taking the glass with you, they can’t control it. People take those homes by hiding in pockets. As a true nature lover, I suggest you protect them and be ethical.
In low tide, the beach reveals more than sea glass. When you beach comb with your family, you will find more sea glass as well as crabs, mollusks, anemones, seaweeds, and other aquatic plants. But keep in mind to take care of kids and dogs since the waves are a bit rough in Fort Bragg.
is there still glass at the glass beach?
Of course. there are Sea Glass at the Glass Beach California. And also there are some other beaches as well where you can visit wherever you are. Those are mentioned below. As mentioned earlier, the existence of Sea Glass highly depends on the way you behave when you visit there. If you and your whole family take the most beautiful and rare ones home, then within a decade, everything will disappear.
Also, there’s a good chance for you to learn more and see more about sea glass at the International Sea Glass Museum in Fort Bragg. This was, opened by a retired sea captain Cass Farrington in 2009. He owns this and proudly presents his collection of rare and beautiful sea glass to you. He was collecting all of these throughout his career life and finally gave them a good value.
Nearly 150, 000 different pieces are available which is a large amount in one place. If you need a souvenir of the tour, do not try to steal from the beach, buy one from this museum. It is how the way a nature lover should behave.
Best Sea glass beaches around the world
Like Sea Glass Beach California, there are some other beaches as well. Just take a look at them and check whether they are near to you.
Hanapepe Bay Sea Glass Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
The southern end of the Kuai island Hawaii near to the Port Allen, there’s a marvelous beach with sea glass. A few decades earlier, the area of Hanapepe Bay was an industrial zone and the unwanted things have dumped to this beach. So, after a considerable time, it gave the result with this amazing colorful glass on the beach.
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Black Bay Beach and Sea Glass Beach, Bermuda
Most of the sea glasses are come and save on Bermuda beaches (don’t know why). But the best looking beaches are situated at the western end of Bermuda. They are Black Bay Beach and Sea Glass Beach. And also another hidden one is located in St. George called Building Bay Beach.
Steklykasha Beach, Vladivostok, Russia
Since Steklykasha beach is bordering to the sea of japan, we can expect mostly these as Japanese dumped glasses. However, this is amazingly beautiful and better to visit in a sunny to feel the exact brightness of sea glasses.
Even in Okinawa, Japan there’s a Glass Beach with many rare sea glasses.
Spectacle Island, Massachusetts
Spectacle Island in the coastal line of Boston was obviously a dumpsite many decades earlier. Therefore, this has converted into an amazing glass beach. Most of the beachcombers are coming here to see that sea glass and research on them.
Summerland Beach, Santa Barbara, California
Just like the above mentioned Glass Beach California, there’s another famous one as well. It is the Summerland beach in Santa Barbara. It is an unpopulated beach with so many sea glasses. I suggest you visit there on the second weekend of September since there’s Sea Glass and Ocean Arts Festival to see the art of Sea Glass artists around the world.
Abaco Islands, Bahamas
Although this is a secret place for all travelers, the group of Abaco Islands, Bahamas have beautiful sea glasses. Situating in the Northern Bahamas, you can visit and beach comb for the rare and yet crystal sea glasses.
Glass Beach, Port Townsend, Washington
As a result of dumping glasses to McCurdy Point many decades earlier, this eye-catching Glass Beach is formed. Many researchers are coming to research on some rare sea glasses as well as basalt, quartz, and jasper.