We found the hidden Glass Beach!

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don’t even know how to introduce you to this amazing spot in Northern California, along the Mendocino Coast. Glass Beach is a spot my dad wanted to take us and talked about, and also a big tourist spot as you can imagine. This glass on the beach is there from years of dumping garbage that has washed ashore. It is former city trash, talk about trash to treasure. However, it is a bit hidden, as far as finding the glass because many tourists have taken it over the years. But we found a spot and I want to share it with you!

Most of this glass can be dated between 1906 to 1967 and you can find clear, green, brown and small flecks of blue glass that have been gently turned to what we call sea glass. It is absolutely gorgeous. From up high though you can’t see or notice anything until you really look closely.

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Diana Elizabeth blogger in Lilly pulitizer siting on glass beach in California Fort Braggholding glass from glass beach Fort Bragg California

We didn’t take any glass home with us a souvenirs, just because we weren’t sure what was ok, but also because I am sure what I would do with it back home wouldn’t be as useful as leaving it for others to enjoy. There is this debate on if you can or cannot take it and I can’t tell what the laws are, some said $500 fine and other places say it’s fine. I don’t have a strong opinion but I noticed parts of the beaches of the barely any glass left from tourists taking them. We just so happened to find a hidden little area and I was so glad we did!

I do collect sea shells and taken some home off the beaches of Thailand so I am not sure if that’s any different, but in this case the souvenirs are the photos as always!

Anyway, here’s an idea of where it is in California, quite far north, of San Francisco. I am from Granite Bay and we drove which was about four hours.

Benjamin often explores, he disappears. Then he comes back with a smile and tells me what he’s discovered and so he wanted to show me this area.

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After trying to figure out how to show you the glass I just laid in it.

And honestly, laying on glass is quite comfortable, more comfortable than sand – because sand gets everywhere and I hate it, and it was much more comfortable than those huge river rocks that are on the beaches of places like Nice, France. (I would still go back to Nice though, of course).

I suggest keeping shoes on just in case there are sharp objects, but I would say most of the glass is so old the edges are softened, but be careful. I wanted this spot to be our Christmas card but as you can see when I was sitting on it that was pretty hard to tell unless we were to lay on the ground – imagine trying to convince my dad to do this. So, instead, I thought it was worth returning to take some photos to share with you.

Here are some clips from IG of us at Glass Beach –

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Glass Beach is definitely a place worth checking out if you are going to be along Fort Bragg/Mendocino County area. I’m so glad we went, it was worth it!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.

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