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Sea Glass Vacation - Seaside, California - Monterrey Bay


Sea Glass Vacation - Seaside, California, on the Monterey Bay - a delightful account hunting for sea glass with great photos and tales. Stephanie and her family exploring this beach for the first time  - with great results.

with thanks to Stephanie

Featured Beaches
August 2009
Seaside, Fort Ord Dunes State Park, and Sand City are all along the same stretch of beach just northeast of Monterey, California

See also James and his Scooper at Seaside

"My family and I recently went to Pacific Grove, CA for our annual family vacation...
"After reading about successful sea glass collecting at Seaside State Beach on this site, we decided it was a place we wanted to visit during our trip.

Sea Glass Vacation - Seaside Sea Glass
Seaside Sea Glass Catch Detail 1    Seaside Sea Glass Detail 2
Catch Details

Here are some photos of what I found.
(click on any of the photos to zoom)

Seaside sea glass catch total
The first photo is of all the glass I found that morning, on a large bath towel, the length of the shower/tub.

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"My brother-in-law, sister-in-law and their 2 children joined my husband, son, daughter and I for the outing.

"We arrived at 11:30 AM and parked in the beach parking lot.

"Seaside State Beach is very long and is flanked by sand dunes and sand cliffs.

"There are few rocky areas along the beach. The initial walk from the parking lot yielded no sea glass, but after about a 1/4 mile we started to see some between the water line and about 5 feet up the sand.
Seaside Beach Monterey Bay California S
"My husband, 4 year old daughter and 5 year old niece went ahead and the rest of us lingered in one area.

"My brother-in-law had his swim trunks on and he ventured into the water with a plastic toy sand sifter.

"I had mentioned to him I had seen photos of someone in the water with a net scooping up glass as the waves came in. He wanted to give it a try.

"He had fantastic results. About every 3 times or so he was finding glass at least an inch in size. We hadn't checked the tide schedule, but later found out it was high tide.
Red Sea Glass Shard Seaside
Red Sea Glass Shard Seaside and What Looks Like a Narrow Aperture Bottle lip
Pink Bottle Neck
Sea Glass Vacation - A Pink Bottle Neck
"I couldn't bring myself to walk any further up the beach because I could see the glass in the water right where the waves were breaking. I decided to go in.

"I hadn't anticipated going in the water and had worn jeans. I thought rolling them up would successfully keep them dry. Not so. By the time I was done I was soaked up to hips. It's a good thing I was wearing a belt.

"I managed to grab a few great pieces in between waves.

"My husband and the girls walked north, to the rocks. When they returned, their sandwich size zipper bags where about 3/4 full. My niece found a large bottom piece of a white glass jar. I didn't get a close look at it, but it did have writing on the bottom. We found a lot of pottery shards as well.

"That night I looked up the tide schedule and found that low tide would be at 5:30 AM the next day. My husband jokingly asked if I would be going out in the morning. I said it was too early.

"Instinctively, I woke up at 5:30 AM. I couldn't get back to sleep because I was entertaining the thought of going back to Seaside at low tide. I got up and got ready, asked my husband if I was crazy to go out so early and he said to go and have fun.
Fort Ord Dunes sunset
Sea Glass Vacation - Fort Ord Dunes Sunset (Wikipedia)
seaside sea glass reinforced
Sea Glass with Wire Reinforcement
"I arrived at the parking lot at 6:15 AM. The parking lot gate was closed. I drove a little further north and found parking near the water treatment plant. This was a good thing because I was already far enough up the beach where glass could be found.

"I surveyed the beach for safety before venturing forth. I observed 5 fishermen spread a great distance apart and a couple of morning walkers. It felt safe.
"As I got down to the water I found glass and pottery right away. It was present about every three feet or so, from the water up into the dry sand. There was no need to go in the water this time.

"I walked north about 45 minutes, just past the rocks and then decided to turn back. I spoke to one fisherman along the way who advised me he has bags and bags of sea glass at home. He uses it in his planters and pots.

"On the walk back there was more glass to be found.

"After 1.5 hours, my gallon size zipper bag was full to the top and quite awkward to carry.

"My prize finds were a large coke bottle shard and a pink bottle neck shard."

All in all, what a satisfying Sea Glass Vacation - Seaside, California, on the Monterey Bay.
"Bonfire" Glass

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Many thanks to you both for your time and insight!

I love your page. It's been a great resource in my hunting!

All Best, Amanda in Connecticut

Hi David,

I received your sea glass hearts and I LOVE them all.

Thank you so much for sending the extra hearts.

I was so touched by your thoughtfulness and I appreciate you sharing these special gifts from the sea! Hope to see more of your sea glass soon!

Thanks again,


Hi David,

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

Thanks again to you and your wife.


Hi David,

I just wanted to let you know I appreciate receiving my sea glass order so quickly.

Love the flowers, wave crest & rare pastels and the little extra surprise....you made my day!!


I am so fascinated by sea glass - I can’t believe at 70 I found a new hobby.

Thanks for the opportunity to search and read up on this!


Your site made me so happy tonight! Why?

Many happy memories swirled back into my mind when I saw your pictures. I spent my childhood on the beaches of Cape Cod and we spent many happy hours looking for sea glass."


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!

Maryanne K.W.

Hi David and Lin.

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

I have been collecting and creating things from sea glass for over twenty years. I find my sea glass on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland Ohio.

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

Cathy Lincks

What an AWESOME site! I love reading about it, looking at all of your pictures, and planning my next vacation to the perfect beach.

Keep up the great work!


I’m a new subscriber to your newsletter and I love it!


Hi David,

Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your newsletters.

I never even knew about sea glass before 2 years ago, now of course I'm hooked, love it, just love it.


Hi David and Lin - I love your website! Thank you for sharing info...


Hi David. Its Bill and Joan Laverick, Durham City, North East of England. We love reading your posts. Keep up the good work!

Bill & Joan

I soo look forward to reading your blogs.

Jacqueline Giguere

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.


Mary Hyde

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.


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.


I love your email newsletters. I 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.

Joan D

Hi David and Lin,

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.

Yours is my favourite website of all time and the very best website I've seen for everything sea glass.

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.



Hi Lin and David,

I have come to sea glass via my shell collecting and am finding it very addictive too. Last year I found a glass bottle stopper which was a thrill.

I really enjoy the newsletter and can easily spend an evening getting lost in the stories and comments.


Anne Cram

Just wanted to thank you for all of your helpful information.

The sea glass community is filled with people who guard their secret beaches so it is refreshing to see that there are people who are willing to share.

It's so useful for those of us that don't live near a beach and travel to find our glass.

The information posted here lets us spend more time enjoying our adventure rather than wasting time looking for a great spot

Thanks again,

Anonymous Viewer

Gee, my heart races when I hear about all these marvelous finds.

Kudos to this wonderful site and for those who share their finds.

You've got a friend in me,

Norma Myrphy

I love your site, thanks for all the wonderful info.

I'm looking forward to my new hobby and participating in your odyssey Seaglass forum.



David & Linda,

So wonderful to have crossed paths with you and thanks for sharing your expertise on sea glass along with your wonderful website.

Ann & I have caught your infectious seaglass fever! Hope to cross paths again soon.

Happy and safe traveling!

Richard C. Wong · Portland, Oregon

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