Sea Glass - Seaside, California

by James Hailey
(California United States)

Sea Glass at Seaside State Beach, Monterey, CA

Sea Glass at Seaside State Beach, Monterey, CA

Sea Glass at Seaside State Beach, Monterey, CA
Seaside and/or Sand City, California
Go at low tide
Look in shallow water between waves

Sea Glass at Seaside, California

Here are some pictures I took of the glass. I got this all in 2 days.

It was foggy; and the best time to go is early in the morning, preferably with a very low tide.

There are pieces on the beach; some blue, green, and white.

You need to look for the rocks at the surf line

You need to get wet to get the very best pieces.

Where to stay in Seaside:

Fort Bragg Sea glass Beach Hotels

Holiday Inn Express at Monterey Bay Seaside, California

Conveniently located off Hwy 1, just 2 blocks from the beach where you treasure hunt sea glass along Monterey's gorgeous coastline!

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Nov 19, 2016
Sea glass heaven
by: Anonymous

November 2016
Spent an hour and half and took away a pint size bag full. You've got to go past the dunes and look at the waters edge or in the rocks. Found blue and China pieces.

Jan 19, 2015
Seaside seaglass hunt
by: Pgirl50

I went to Seaside beach today during a negative low tide, had a great day.

There were several experienced hunters there with their special strainers on poles.

I saw people find pieces of all shades of blue, deep red, bottle stoppers all sorts of old glass.

I found mostly brown and green beer bottle glass but I did find on special piece of pink and tiny piece of purple.

I think I've found my new obsession.

Word of warning - watch those waves, I got knocked down by a sneaker wave, I was going after a pretty piece of blue and got careless.

Aug 22, 2014
Answers to questions on Seaside / Sand City
by: David

First, read all the comments below.

There are quite a few other pages on Seaside on our site, so use the search box in the upper right hand of this page, enter the word - seaside - then click search.

Also, try searching for Sand City since it is the same stretch of beach.

There is a map on the page entitled Sea Glass Vacation but I'll include a more concise map here :)

Click on this map to see full-size version.

map fof sea side sand city sea glass beach

You will find sea glass here for at least the next 100 years.

The dunes are full of glass from a huge old dumpsite and are eroding slowly into the sea.

Much of the glass you'll find is not very tumbled.

An occasional piece is well-tumbled and rare, for example, the pink one in this photo.

To find good sea glass, you MUST go at very low tide and walk north as shown in the map.

We did a newsletter on this beach a long time ago and I'll try to find it. I apologize for the info being scattered over many pages, but it came in from various people over a number of years piecemeal.

I'll consolidate it soon... I hope...

~ David and Lin @

Aug 21, 2014
Latest info on glass at Seaside Beach?
by: Anonymous

Does anyone know if there is still good sea glass or pottery chards on Seaside Beach? And can pinpoint where to go on a Google map? Would it be best to go at high tide or low tide if you don't want to get in the water?
Thanks in advance.

Jun 28, 2014
No Luck
by: Anonymous

Visited this beach after reading it about it here on this website.

Well, I think everyone else read about it too and beat me to it.

I walked for a couple of hours north and south and I didn't find one piece!!

I looked in the water and up high.

I met a local girl hunting too and she was surprised that she couldn't find any either.

She said that beach was well known for sea glass and had good luck in the past.

Aug 19, 2013
Vintage glass and Pottery on Seaside CA beach
by: Anonymous


It is estimated nearly 90% of the seaglass found here at Seaside Beach was from the Hotel Del Monte which used a portion of the beach side site as a burn dump from the early 1900s until it closed.

Much of it has been turned over due to the beach restoration and dune erosion  but there are still some finds and you can occasionally still find crockery shards with the hotel logo.

Also, the dump site was used by the  old 1949s Fort Ord Stilwell Hall.

-- Local Seaside Resident

Hi Local Seaside Resident,

You live in a very special and unusual spot for sea glass! You have provided some very interesting information and Lin and I thank you for including it.

Here's little anecdote not too far off the subject:

My brother Jonathan was in the Fort Ord stockade for about 10 days back in the late anti-Vietnam war days.

He had been AWOL from the Nat'l Guard for about 3 years and was picked up late one night when leaving the parking lot of a club in Santa Cruz after playing a gig there.

It is interesting that later, our band, Jango, played one of the clubs (I think the NCO club) there at Fort Ord.

Back to the sea glass:

We would love to get some more corroborating information; for example, you mention the figure of 90% of the glass being from the Hotel Del Monte?

Do you have a reference source for that?

From what I've seen, I would assume that most of the glass came from Fort Ord itself.

At it's peak, there were 50,000 men stationed there.

The stretch of dunes that is literally filled with glass is on the old Fort Ord beachfront property (donated to the army in 1949) stretching between Sand City and Marina.

It would seem logical that the trash that was dumped on army grounds from 1949 until ??? would have been by the army and not by a private hotel.

But then again, this is just presumption on my part :-)

Any information with some references would really add to this history.

Thanks again for adding local color to this interesting subject,

~ comment by David Schneider
here at

May 06, 2013
Turn right
by: Terri

We were there the 16th of April and the 20th of April 2013.

The first day we went we turned left from the parking lot and walked a long ways.

We found a ton of glass but it was likely from the beach parties in the past several months.

The second time we went we turned right on the beach.

In 2 hours my husband and I found combined 2 pounds of glass...averaging the size of a grade.

By far white was most prominent then green then blue. We found plenty on the beach but also had the luxury of kids going in with large sifter and dumping it on the beach.

They didn't want most of it so voila.

We were there within an hour of low tide.

Fun day; lots of glasses out there.

Oct 07, 2012
Seaside Beach
by: Connie

I just went to Seaside yesterday and found lots of sea glass including blue!

You can walk along the shore and collect the small pieces but to get the good stuff you have to wade in the water.

It was fun!

Aug 10, 2009
by: Hula Rose Wollongong NSW Australia

Love your pictures.

We collect seaglass here in Australia.

Seaglass here is completely different. Have a small cove beach nearby which is all pebbles...millions and millions of them full of fossilized wood,seaglass and agates.

A collectors paradise - you never know what you might find. Keep searching!

Hula Rose

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