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Sea Glass Seaside - Sand City - Fort Ord California
Seaside Beach is located just north of the city of Monterey on the Monterey Bay in Northern California, USA.
This stretch of beach is also fronts Sand City and parts of Fort Ord and Marina, so
you may find this beach area called by those names also.
Here are some of the many photos from Seaside. You'll find links to these reports farther down this page.
How to Get to Seaside, California
Here is a map showing a
close view of the area of Seaside.
You can see where to park and
get to the beach.
To find further directions, search Google for "Seaside California map"
and go to the driving instructions.
About the Sea Glass
You will find sea glass along the Monterey
Bay coastline from Seaside to Sand City for at least the next 100
The dunes above the beach area are full of glass from a huge old
dumpsite and are eroding
slowly into the sea. This ongoing process of erosion from rain and
waves will gradually be depositing new glass into the surf line.
On one hand much of the glass you'll find is not very tumbled. That is
from recent erosion.
On the other hand, occasional pieces are well-tumbled and very
rare and, with a lot
of time searching, some have found real prize-winners here.
Best Time of the Day
To find good sea glass, you MUST
go at very low tide and walk north as
shown in the map.
person with arguably the most experience and a large collection from
this beach is James Hailey (see links to his reports below).
Origin of Seaside Sea Glass
has been some discussion about where this huge glass dump originated.
The following comment by a local resident is an example.
"Vintage glass and Pottery on Seaside CA beach"
by: Anonymous - Aug 19,
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
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
-- Local Seaside Resident
Hi Local Seaside Resident,
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
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.
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 and
Lin at OdysseySeaGlass.com
Check out these reports with many photos of the finds at
Seaside Glass Beach:
Here are reports without photos:
May 06, 2017
Found a few pieces of sea glass from Seaside Beach in Monterey
They were mostly white, some aqua, some brown, one very small green and
one cobalt blue with ridges.
They do advertise you may find sea glass treasure. If you go at low
tide, you will find some.
You have to have patience. Otherwise the area is beautiful and the
weather was great.
Nov 19, 2016
Sea glass heaven
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 -
I went to Seaside beach today during a negative low tide, had a great
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.
Jun 28, 2014
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
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
May 06, 2013
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
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 penny....jewelry grade.
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
I just went to Seaside yesterday and found lots of sea glass including
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!
Jun 20, 2010
Seaside Beach in Monterey, Rough Conditions
I went to Seaside Beach on Monday, June 14th,on the advice of internet
article saying it was a great beach for seaglass.
I checked the tide schedule and the low tide was at around 6am, we got
to the beach at 10am.
was shocked when I got there- a bunch of cliffs! I could not take my
children due to the major surf and almost inaccessibility down to the
beach- I left them in the car with my friend while I HIKED down the
Very rough surf and strong tide.. I spent only about
20 minutes there but did find large pieces of glass- mostly clear, one
milk white and one light blue- I was happy with the size of the
seaglass most about 1/2 inch to 1 inch but it was not easy to find-
maybe if you got into the strong and scary surf with a bucket of sorts
I could see that it was an old dump so I'm sure there are treasures but
I didn't get to explore enough.
Just be careful there - oh and there were lots of dead crabs, bugs and
Jellyfish on the shore.
Thank you for this good reminder, Anon!
Everyone should check conditions in the area they are going to for high
waves and tides.
Usually, the best time to get to the beach is an hour or two before low
To check on the wave heights and tides, you might try a tide and surf
report site online.
My favorite is http://www.tides4fishing.com/
ahead and bookmark that site now. You can use it to look up tides and
wave heights anywhere in the world.
Other beaches may be much more protected than Seaside with no waves at
all, (surfing spots generally face the open ocean and have larger
waves), but it is always better to
know beforehand what you may encounter.
Try using Tides4Fishing and let us know if you have any problems with
understanding the information.
David and Lin (Odyssey Sea Glass)
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