Glass Beach, Fort Bragg

3.4
#1 of 10 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.
Create an itinerary including Glass Beach
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Glass Beach Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
1,938 reviews
Google
4.2
TripAdvisor
  • Very excited to go, but a little disappointed. I thought that this was a “natural phenomenon “, but was to,d it used to be a land dump and that’s how all the glass got there. Please wear good shoes, s...  more »
  • Glass Beach is still one of my favorite things about living here on the Mendocino Coast. Don't expect it to be like it used to be folks. Since the coastal trail and the parking lot have been developed...  more »
Google
  • Glass Beach is such a unique, engaging experience. If you enjoy treasure hunting, you'll love finding rare bits of glass among the more common pieces, along with shells and other curiosities.
  • Lost one star, because of false advertising, lol. If you go expecting tons of sea glass, you will be disappointed- however, set that aside and it’s an amazingly beautiful area to explore! And there are lots of very small pieces of glass among the pebbles and rocks.

Plan your trip to Fort Bragg

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Fort Bragg

View all >
4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Side trips from Fort Bragg

4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 4​h
4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Hidden gems in Fort Bragg

3.6
Duration: 30​min
4.3
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 2​h
4.4
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Museums in Fort Bragg

4.5
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 1​h
4.7
Duration: 1​h

Nearby attractions in Fort Bragg

3.1
Duration: 30​min
4.4
Duration: 4​h
4.8
Duration: 3​h
4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Parks in Fort Bragg

4.3
Duration: 2​h

Plans to Glass Beach by other users

View more plans