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California Best Beaches for Sea Glass

California Best Beaches for Sea Glass

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California - Best Beaches - Whether you live in California or are just visiting, here you'll find the best beaches in the United State for sea glass fans.

For example, follow the link to the most well-known and reported beach in the United States, Fort Bragg California. Or go to the lesser-known but remarkably productive beach at Seaside on Monterery Bay.

You'll find details, photos and maps to help you make plans for your beach trips.

Other beaches on this California list may, of course, have less sea glass. But the rewards might be greater than you would think, as some have reported. For example, finding only one piece of sea glass in a couple of hours at the beach doesn't sound very good. Unless that one piece is a perfect red, orange or yellow.

What are the chances and where to look? You'll enjoy and profit from the linked reports to the many California beaches listed below.

Click or tap here to send in your California sea glass reports.


Although these beaches have been reported to have sea glass, NOT ALL HAVE BEEN VERIFIED.  

Please don't plan an expensive vacation based solely on an unverified beach!

Please do help everyone out by accurately reporting your best beaches for sea glass. (Click here for "How to Grade Sea Glass")

A great place for enthusiastic sea glass collectors, as seen in the following list.

For those just starting out, this California sea glass list of Best Beaches is a good place to begin. For those with a lot of experience, this list will be quite helpful in considering beaches not so close to home, if you have moved to the California, or if you are vacationing here on the west coast..

These best California beaches were gleaned from personal experience, friends, and also much research on the internet. Just remember that we cannot guarantee the quantity or quality of the glass on all of these beaches.

Please enjoy your hunt for sea glass or beach glass, respect private property, and smile at the locals!

Sea Glass Beaches - Northern California

Best Sea Glass Beach Reports - follow links for more info, photos, etc.
Beaches listed with no links have been reported as having sea glass with no further information.

Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA

Albion CA

Sea Ranch, California

Stinson Beach, CA

Muir Beach, California

Glass Beach, Benicia, California

Tepco Beach, Richmond CA

San Rafael, CA (China Camp State Park, SF Bay see Facebook comments at end of this page)

Bayview District, San Francisco, California

San Francisco, CA - the following beaches were reported as having sea glass - but no details:

  • Albany Bulb
  • Fort Funston
  • Aquatic Park
  • Treasure Island

Coyote Point Beach, Burlingame, (San Francisco Bay) California

Albany, CA

Linda Mar State Beach, Pacifica, CA

Pillar Point Beach

San Mateo County, California 

Montora State Beach, N. of Half Moon Bay, CA

Moss Beach, N. of Half Moon Bay, CA

Seal Cove, Moss Beach, Half Moon Bay, CA

Half Moon Bay, CA

Miramar Beach, Half Moon Bay, California

Pescadero, California

Santa Cruz Area, Northern California Sea Glass Reports

Davenport, California

Pigeon Point Light Station, CA

Main Boardwalk Beach- Santa Cruz, California

Cowell's Beach - Santa Cruz, CA

Seabright Beach - Eastside Santa Cruz, California

Sea and Sand Inn - Ranked #1 of 52 hotels in Santa Cruz by TripAdvisor travellers

La Selva Beach, CA

Rio Del Mar, CA

Seacliff Beach, Santa Cruz, California

Palm Beach State Park - (Santa Cruz County)

Sunset State Beach - (Santa Cruz County)

New Brighton State Beach - (Santa Cruz County)

California Best Beaches says, "Wherever you are, wherever you go, we hope you have a whole lot of fun combing the beach for those jewels from the past! Remember - respect private property, enjoy natural surroundings, and smile at the locals!"

Monterey Area

Best Sea Glass Beach Reports - follow links for more info, photos, etc.
Beaches listed with no links have been reported as having sea glass with no further information.

Seaside California Sea Glass

Zmudowski State Beach Park - (Monterey County)

Seaside, California Sea Glass

Pacific Grove, Monterey, CA

Monterey Bay Sanctuary, CA

Carmel By The Sea, California

This comprehensive guide to one of the world's most beautiful and diverse landscapes is a necessary purchase for California beach lover.

  • This book guides us down the coast from the elephant-seal breeding grounds of Año Nuevo to Point Sur Lighthouse in six manageable segments
  • State parks and public beaches are explored in addition to city streets and hiking trails.
  • Each segment has its own detailed map, sections on wildlife, local history, coastline characteristics, and geography.

Sea Glass Beaches - Central Coast of California

Andrew Molera State Park, CA (near Big Sur)

Big Sur, CA (Jade Beach) 

Jade Beach near Hearst Castle

Cayucos, CA (north of Morro Bay) 

Morro Bay at Morro Rock, California

Sea Glass Beaches - Southern California

Best Sea Glass Beach Reports - follow links for more info, photos, etc.
Beaches listed with no links have been reported as having sea glass with no further information.

Southern California Sea Glass - San Luis Obispo County Beaches

Cambria, CA (Moonstone Beach)

Cayucos, CA (north of Morro Bay)

Capistrano Beach, California

Jade Beach near Hearst Castle

Shell Beach, California

Pismo Beach, California

Southern California Sea Glass -  Santa Barbara County Beaches

West Beach near the Harbor

Hendrey's beach (Arroyo Burro)

Butterfly Beach and The Hammonds

Padaro, near Santa Barbara

Summerland Beach

Carpinteria Beach (near Arroyo Grande)

Hope Ranch

Miramar Beach, Santa Barbara CA

Santa Barbara, CA 

Ellwood Beach, Santa Barbara, CA

Sea Glass

For more information on what to see and do as well as acommodations in Santa Barbara, we recommend the website Discover Santa Barbara

California Sea Glass - Ventura County Best Beaches

Ventura, California

Ventura, CA (Brewer's Beach)

Ventura, CA (Rincon Beach)

Ventura, California - Pierpont Beach

Oxnard, California

Oxnard, CA (Silverstrand Beach)

California Sea Glass - Los Angeles County Best Beaches

Dockweiler Beach, California

El Segundo Beach, El Segundo, CA

Belmont Shores 52nd Place CA

Hermosa Beach, CA

Malibu Beach, California

Malibu, CA - Leo Carrillo, 

Malibu, California - Malibu Pier, 

Malibu, Ca - Carbon Beach

Point Dume, CA (near Malibu)

San Pedro, California

Topanga State Beach, Malibu, California

Zuma Beach, Malibu, CA

Torrance Beach, California

Manhattan State Beach,  California

Santa Monica, CA (north of the pier)

Santa Monica, California

California Best Beaches - Orange County

Sea Glass Beach Reports - follow links for more info, photos, etc.
Beaches listed with no links have been reported as having sea glass with no further information.

Corona del Mar, CA 

Huntington Beach - Dog Beach

Laguna Beach, CA (Main Beach)

Sea Glass Corona Del Mar

Aliso Beach and Crystal Cove near Laguna Beach and Newport Beach, CA 

Capistrano Beach, CA


Diver's Cove - Laguna Beach, California

San Clemente, California

California Coast Sea Glass - Channel Islands

Pebbly Beach, Avalon, Catalina Is, California

Click or tap here to send in your California sea glass reports.

*Beach reports needed for Wake Island sea glass

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Many thanks to those of you who have added beaches and ratings!

As you know, Lin and I (David) have spent years accumulating the information on these pages.

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San Pedro, California


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Why can reports on Califoria Sea Glass beaches vary considerably between two different people?

  • Some are better at finding sea glass. For example, my wife, Lin, finds at least twice as much as me and more colors on any given day.
  • California Sea Glass Beaches can vary from one tide to the next and also from low tide to high tide.
  • Some may not know the difference between Craft and Jewelry Grade Sea Glass.

For the above reasons, we try to verify these California Sea Glass reports with actual photos whenever possible.

So take your camera to the beach! and be sure to report your California Best Beaches finds!

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