Sea glass is a product of two factors: Nature and man. Once bottles, jars and glass, which was carelessly discarded, they were worn by the waves and recycled by the sea. As a result we got lovely collectible beach gems. Those smooth frosty beach gems are harder to find as time goes by, because of more recycling. Sea glass is often used for pretty jewelry and so a great souvenir. Yet, there are certain beaches around the world, at which you may find sea glass. Here are some sea glass beaches, sometimes there are only a few pieces of sea glass, but many beaches are almost entirely made of it!
Fort Bragg, California
Better known as Glass Beach, Fort Bragg is located in Northern California. The cove is completely covered in sea glass with many different colors. How is that even possible? Fort Bragg once was a dump, but a long interval and the power of nature transformed the trash into treasure. You may take pictures of this spectacle, you may enjoy the view, but you are not allowed to take sea glass with you as the beach is part of a state park. However, there is a small path that leads you to another unprotected beach where you are able to take some glass. This beach is not as plentiful as Glass Beach, but a least it is legal.
Spectacle Island, Boston
A spectacular island for sea glass hunting is Spectacle Island, which is only a short ferry ride from Long Wharf in Boston. It features sandy beaches, exhibits and walking trails that lead to the 157 foot-high hill. The hill offers a magnificent panoramic view of the harbor and the city. For sea glass collectors the island is an incredible experience as it is loaded with sea glass. Again you are not allowed to take something with you, but due to that you may see the same beautiful beach a few years later.
Kauai Island, Hawaii
Kauai Island is geologically the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands and it is the fourth largest of the main islands of the Hawaiian archipelago. Kauai is also home to a beach that is also called Glass Beach located at Port Allen. This sea glass beach is not mentioned in most guidebooks and there is no sign directing towards it; yet, it is covered with millions of brown, blue, and clear sea glass pebbles. It takes about 10 to 30 years to create those jelly bean-like pebbles. Even though there is nothing that leads you to the beach, you will find it easily when watching put or large tanks of gasoline near Port Allen – just drive this direction. Another tip is to bring a chair, as sitting on the glass pebbles is not as comfortable as it may seem.
Over time, nature takes what once was man’s garbage and turns it into beautiful natural gems. This naturally recycled glass is perfect for jewelry and to think about what your earrings once were is some kind of mystery: You will never really know where your sea glass comes from which makes it even more magical.