Blessed with a spectacular coastline, California possesses countless stunning beaches. Some make ideal spots for throwing down a towel and chilling in the sun. While others have achieved international notoriety for their world-class surf. One beach, however, stands out from the rest. A testament to nature’s power, Glass Beach in Fort Bragg is truly remarkable.
During the 1950s and 1960s this stretch of Mendocino Coast was used as a public dump. And by dump we mean serious rubbish – the beach was even made the final resting place for old cars. Forty years after the end of legislated dumping Mother Nature has not only reclaimed her beach, but also created a unique site.
While most foreign objects have been either destroyed or washed away, the many tons of mid-20th century trashed glass have been broken up and polished into millions of multi-colored silica pebbles. Annexed to MacKerricher State Park, Glass Beach is a federally protected place.
Enjoy the array of tidal pools and cast your eye over the glimmering spectacle of the pebbles – but, whatever you do, don’t take any away (it’s an offense).
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