A Cali beach made of glass

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A testament to nature’s power, Glass Beach in Fort Bragg is truly remarkable.

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.

Glass Beach California

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.

Glass Beach California

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.

Glass Beach California

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).

Glass Beach California

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A Cali beach made of glass was last modified: March 22nd, 2012 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (1167 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.