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Glass Beach
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Glass Beach featuring rugged coastline
Comb the beach for sea glass gems and artificial rubies in this former trash site that has become a bay of colors.

Glass Beach is a fascinating site that has been naturally transformed from a century-old trash site into a multicolored treasure chest. Over the years, the sea’s waves churning against the sands have smoothed the edges of car batteries, bottles and cans, turning them into a rainbow of translucent colors. Capture photos of this extraordinary beach on the Pacific Ocean.

Choose your favorite colors among the ruby reds and bright blues. Inspect these fascinating gems, before leaving them on the beach for others to discover. Consider the origins of the various stones. Sapphire gems come from apothecary bottles, while the ruby reds are likely from pre-1967 tail lights.

Glass Beach consists of three individual bays that were all used as trash sites for decades. Climb to the top of the cliffs around the northernmost beach and enjoy a picnic with your family. Appreciate the panoramic views of the ocean, with its many rocks and tiny islands that rise above the foamy water.

Stroll along this multicolored beach with your family and friends. Feel the cool sensation of the waves on your feet on a warm day. Spot the small yellow endangered Menzies’ wallflower that grows here.

Note that the three dump sites operated from 1906 until 1967. Over the years, programs were put in place to undo the environmental damage and much of the metal and other non-biodegradable items were sold as scrap. The force of the waves broke down the remaining pottery and glass into small jewels.

Glass Beach overlooks the Pacific Ocean in the northwestern corner of Fort Bragg. It is just south of Pudding Creek and stands at the end of the Glass Beach Trail that runs from the town center. Leave your car in the parking lot at the intersection between the trail and the nearest road. The beach is open at all times and is free to enter.

Comb the beach for sea glass gems and artificial rubies in this former trash site that has become a bay of colors.

Glass Beach is a fascinating site that has been naturally transformed from a century-old trash site into a multicolored treasure chest. Over the years, the sea’s waves churning against the sands have smoothed the edges of car batteries, bottles and cans, turning them into a rainbow of translucent colors. Capture photos of this extraordinary beach on the Pacific Ocean.

Choose your favorite colors among the ruby reds and bright blues. Inspect these fascinating gems, before leaving them on the beach for others to discover. Consider the origins of the various stones. Sapphire gems come from apothecary bottles, while the ruby reds are likely from pre-1967 tail lights.

Glass Beach consists of three individual bays that were all used as trash sites for decades. Climb to the top of the cliffs around the northernmost beach and enjoy a picnic with your family. Appreciate the panoramic views of the ocean, with its many rocks and tiny islands that rise above the foamy water.

Stroll along this multicolored beach with your family and friends. Feel the cool sensation of the waves on your feet on a warm day. Spot the small yellow endangered Menzies’ wallflower that grows here.

Note that the three dump sites operated from 1906 until 1967. Over the years, programs were put in place to undo the environmental damage and much of the metal and other non-biodegradable items were sold as scrap. The force of the waves broke down the remaining pottery and glass into small jewels.

Glass Beach overlooks the Pacific Ocean in the northwestern corner of Fort Bragg. It is just south of Pudding Creek and stands at the end of the Glass Beach Trail that runs from the town center. Leave your car in the parking lot at the intersection between the trail and the nearest road. The beach is open at all times and is free to enter.

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Oceanside Inn and Suites
Oceanside Inn and Suites
2.5 out of 5
820 N Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA
The price is $90 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of MacKerricher State Park and Glass Beach. Skunk Train and Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ...
3.1/5 (613 reviews)
"This place is a very good place to stay we normally stay somewhere else but it was unavailable but i love it here and think this will be the only place I stay when in town its close to glass beach like down the street and clean rooms the only thing was no coffee on-site but there is a Starbucks down ..."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Oceanside Inn and Suites
Travelodge by Wyndham Fort Bragg
Travelodge by Wyndham Fort Bragg
2 out of 5
763 N Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA
The price is $104 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Triangle Tattoo Museum and Glass Beach. MacKerricher State Park and Skunk Train are also within ...
3.3/5 (973 reviews)
"The fee is fair,you get what you paid for.the beddings are clean and comfortable beds.staff are friendly and informative to our questions. Only granola bar and coffee for breakfast."

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Travelodge by Wyndham Fort Bragg
Best Western Vista Manor Lodge
Best Western Vista Manor Lodge
2.5 out of 5
1100 N Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of MacKerricher State Park and Glass Beach. Pudding Creek Beach and Skunk Train are also within 1 mi ...
3.9/5Good! (836 reviews)
"The bed was very comfortable the view was beautiful I will stay there again"

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Best Western Vista Manor Lodge
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Motel 6 Fort Bragg, CA
Motel 6 Fort Bragg, CA
2 out of 5
400 S Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA
The price is $85 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 11
Motel 6 Fort Bragg, CA
Oceanside Inn and Suites
Oceanside Inn and Suites
2.5 out of 5
820 N Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA
The price is $90 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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Travelodge by Wyndham Fort Bragg
Travelodge by Wyndham Fort Bragg
2 out of 5
763 N Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA
The price is $104 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
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Best Western Vista Manor Lodge
Best Western Vista Manor Lodge
2.5 out of 5
1100 N Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA
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The Beach House Inn
The Beach House Inn
2.5 out of 5
100 Pudding Creek Rd, Fort Bragg, CA
The price is $159 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 11
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Beachcomber Motel Fort Bragg
Beachcomber Motel Fort Bragg
2.5 out of 5
1111 N. Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA
The price is $239 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
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Ocean View Lodge
Ocean View Lodge
2.5 out of 5
1141 N. Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA
The price is $185 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
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North Cliff Hotel
North Cliff Hotel
3 out of 5
1005 S Main St, Fort Bragg, CA
The price is $199 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
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Super 8 by Wyndham Fort Bragg
Super 8 by Wyndham Fort Bragg
2 out of 5
888 S Main St, Fort Bragg, CA
The price is $119 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 11
Super 8 by Wyndham Fort Bragg
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