Tourmaline Beach, San Diego, CA

by Craig N.
(San Diego, CA USA)

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Mission Beach Smooth Surf
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By: Craig N. - San Diego, CA USA

Tourmaline Beach, Pacific Beach, and Mission Beach, all part of San Diego, CA, are all one continuous stretch. 

I walk and run here regularly. 

Sea glass finds are Poor to Fair (on a good day). 

Most glass that I have found here wasn't ripe, and the few pieces of true sea glass were brown, green, and, less commonly, clear. 

If you are hunting sea glass in the San Diego region, I recommend La Jolla's Shell Beach near San Diego (not the Shell Beach near Pismo Beach, N. Cal), which has been reviewed on this site.

--- Poor - 0 piece of jewelry grade sea glass found per hour.

--- Fair- 1 to 4  pieces of jewelry grade sea glass found per hour.

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Apr 29, 2015
Tourmaline Beach Sea Glass
by: Kevin

This post on Tourmaline beach proved to be a great and helpful one as I am so much interested in visiting beaches. I love the serenity that I get when I lay alone on the beach sand. Thank you

Oct 30, 2014
La Jolla shores
by: Heather Briseno · Palomar

I went to La Jolla shores today and found about 15 pieces in browns, greens and clear frosted.

The tide was a little high and rough, but when I went last Sunday, the tide was a lot lower and I found about 20 pieces an hour in colors of browns, greens, clear frosted, clear and 1 amber.

Oct 30, 2014
Awesome find
by: Carolyn Sommers

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Oct 30, 2014
La Jolla
by: Dana Eggleston Roepke

Based on suggestions from you site, I visited the little beach in La Jolla and found 83 pieces in about 20 minutes.

Don't know what is considered jewelry quality, but it was all good for my personal collection!

I very much enjoy your website and plan on consulting it whenever I expect to be near the ocean.

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