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Good Sea Glass Beaches in Northern California?

by Primas
(Dublin, Ca)

Good Sea Glass Beach - Northern California - Cannery Row Beach
Good Sea Glass Beach - Northern California - Cannery Row Beach


My family and I have been slowly getting into collecting sea glass and looking for good beaches in Northern California.

We went to glass beach in Mendocino in July and that was incredible.

Also we went to the beach at Cannery Row in Monterey and that beach had almost as much sea glass but just smaller.

We tried one of the recommendations on the site for Miramar Beach in Half Moon Bay and after a hour he found no one piece of sea glass.

We moved to Seal Cove in Moss Beach and that had some about 8 small pieces. Are there any good sea glass beaches in San Francisco area???

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I will leave this question open for y'all in California to chip in on.

Thank you for the up-to-date information, Primas. This kind of information is invaluable to other collectors. Although Miramar had been reported to have sea glass, it had not been verified (first hand accounts and/or photos). I will update that info.

I have long desired to check out Cannery Row but haven't been able to get down to that area for a number of years.

You might check out Pescadero. It is reported to be a good sea glass beach in Northern California.

Here's the beach list report:

Pescadero, San Mateo County, California. Located 17 miles south of Half Moon Bay, 34 miles north of Santa Cruz. "...there was just so much. Select pieces of dark blue and teal were also..." Added by: Josh Schneider (Thanks, Josh!)

You can be sure the report of sea glass there is good, as it was my #2 son who reported it, and he does know what he is doing (he better)!

We also have Toshi's verified report on a good sea glass beach near San Francisco listed on that page:

Pillar Point Beach (click for details) - near San Francisco, California. "I found red, violet, three different shades of greens and many many more colors there." Added by: Toshi Kanno (Thanks, Toshi!)

Although Toshi doesn't say how much there is, it is obvious that there are some real "gems" to be found there.

Have fun, take photos, and please be sure to let us know your new experiences.

David (editor)


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Aug 09, 2013
sea glass
by: Anonymous

Pescadero does not very much of a glass collection.

It is mostly known for sea shells.

If you love collecting seashells, this is the perfect beach to do so.

Pigeon Point lighthouse is the perfect place to enter the beach in Pescadero.

Nov 28, 2012
Sea glass
by: Rebecca

I have lived in Pacific Grove for just 3 months now (Fall of 2012) and discovered sea glass on my own.

I first discovered it while tide-pooling at Lovers Point.

I've found large and tiny pieces. I also discovered Del Monte Beach in Monterey has many different sizes and shapes of sea glass and pottery pieces as well.

It's crazy!

Now, my challenge is to find ways to use all the sea glass I have found....

Jun 14, 2012
Cannery Row
by: Becky

We went yesterday after getting a tip from a friend about a beach just left of old fishermans wharf...

Went down there and there was tons! We went in the afternoon and had 2 small children that kept us from kind wave chasing and getting some more...

But a must and I will go back I got at least 1/2 a large freezer ziplock bag in 1 hour...

So really cool colors light purples dark blues very very nice

Aug 15, 2011
Sea Glass Beaches
by: TravelCacher

I had the good fortune to spend my summer vacation walking beaches California, Oregon and Washington hunting for sea glass.

Glass Beach, Port Townsend, WA. was a great experience and my first introduction to hunting sea glass.

The glass I found was plentiful and of excellent quality with much of it being jewelry grade.

The pieces I found were mostly 1/2 inch in size with well rounded edges and highly decomposed, creating a rich and beautiful frost finish. The colors were mainly white and brown with some green.


Glass Beach, California was another excellent location for sea glass.

The sea glass here is EVERYWHERE!! You'll have no need to search for it as the entire beach is covered in glass.

The pieces I found here were bigger ranging from 1/2 inch to 2 inches in size. The colors were more varied with white, green and brown being predominant.

However, with diligence I was able to discover blues, reds, gray and lavender. Here too the pieces were excellent jewelry grade condition with decades of decomposition creating rich frost and smooth edges.


Seaside State Beach, California was worth the venture though the glass was scattered and had to be searched for.

The pieces I found were relatively young with light frost and rough edges. I threw back many pieces I found for further "cooking".

The sea glass was mainly white and brown with some green. However, they were small in size measuring from 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch in size.

As has been said by others, this is a place where you'll need to get wet to find the glass.

Chasing waves and stirring up the sand is recommended to find the good stuff.

Nov 03, 2009
San Francisco Beach Glass
by: Patrick Stevens

Just under the southern pier of the golden gate bridge there is a 120 foot beach, often I found plenty of beautiful beach glass specimens.

Sep 23, 2009
Seaside, Monterey Bay North Cal sea glass
by: David (editor)

I don't know if you have seen the comments on Seaside, but here is the main page about this beach:

Seaside, Monterey, California Beach Glass


and the good glass found there.

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It is a pleasure and refreshing to meet people in the sea glass community that are willing to share! I got some great tips from your site. It was wonderful not to spend my entire vacation looking for a beach. Thanks again!

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Love your sea glass web site. I enjoy your picture of the month and intend on winning at least once.

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Thank you for sharing your treasures with me.” Yours truly,

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Just wanted to let you know (since you were so helpful) that I won a blue ribbon (1st place) in Gifford Middle School Science Fair in the category of Environmental Science with my topic - Effect of a Florida Tidal Inlet on Wrack Line Sea Glass Volume.

Now, I will compete in the Regional Science Fair which will take place on Feb 2nd. My mom and dad and I had a lot of fun searching for sea glass.

Thanks,


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I am beginning to be a typical sea glass hunter - always looking for fun places to find glass!

I think your site is great - very informative - thanks for the time and effort you put into it.


Karen

I love your ems.--am 77 and try to get"glassin" whenever anyone will take me to the beach!! :-))

P. Paul

Hi David

Just wanted to tell you thank you for the monthly sea glass newsletter. I love it, and look for ward to it.

Thanks again to you and your wife,

Judi Weber

Hi David and Lin!

I SO enjoy you newsletter! Please forward it to my sister. I've got her hooked on the beauty of sea glass!

Thanks in advance! Happy 'foraging'.


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I have shared your website with my other sea glass fanatic friends over the last couple of years and they love it as much as I do.

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I can lose myself for hours in your website. Dangerous place!



Anne O, Toronto

Thanks so much for the information.

I visited Carbon Beach today.

Very small and few people but a nice supply of glass just as you stated.

Thanks!!



Jan