There's always a beautiful adventure to stumble upon in California. Some of them are so fantastic, we're hardly able to believe our eyes. There's this stunning Glass Beach along the NorCal coast that sparkles in a sea of rainbow colors.

You can find this gem in the city of Fort Bragg in MacKerricher State Park. The story behind how this beach came to be is so unexpected. 

Among the locals, there is an old myth that every time a sailor was lost at sea, mermaids would cry. Their tears would wash ashore as sparkling, colorful sea glass. While that's a fascinating tale, the real story is a bit different.

In 1906, a massive earthquake devastated San Francisco and Fort Bragg. During the process of rebuilding, the city and its residents dumped ruined belongings and trash along these ocean shores. 

The debris remained on the beach until the 1960s when cleanup was initiated and the phenomenon of sea glass was found here. Oddly, enough the glass smoothed out and took on the form of flat stones. Differences in pH changed their color, forming crystals.

The site was once a giant trash dump where broken bottles were discarded from garbage cans of locals. Now, it's an environmental phenomenon that took a turn in the best way. 

The best times to see the most sea glass are during high tide or a full moon in the spring and fall. 

While visitors are not allowed to remove pieces of sea glass, there are so many opportunities to take beautiful photos of it. You can find everything from lavender to topaz, emerald, and gold colors.

After exploring Glass Beach, you can also go see the nearby Pudding Creek Beach. This secret spot is home to multiple hiking trails and even offers several tidepools. 

For those looking to explore beyond the coves, the Golden State is full of opportunities. Have you heard about the nine-mile rainbow mountain drive you can take through Death Valley? We'll just leave that here.

Glass Beach

Price: Free

Location: Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California

Why You Should Go: You can walk along a beach of beautiful rainbow-colored stones!


Editor's Note: It is illegal to take stones from glass beach due to erosion. Make sure to be respectful during your visit, leave no trace, and protect the environment. 

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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