Finding Sea Glass

You're out enjoying a lovely walk on the ocean beach when something shiny catches your eye. You stop to pick it up. Instantly you recognize it as sea glass. Reality is that you're lucky to have found the piece. As we turn to recycling, reusing, and other materials, sea glass is slowly disappearing. Even on well known sea glass hunting beaches, pieces are getting harder to find and smaller in size.



When looking for sea glass you want to consider a few things:

The tides -  Ideally you'll start your search just as the tide is going out, and you can follow the water out. 
Pay attention to when king tides occur. 
In Canada check out this link.

Weather - Venture out after high winds and rough storms, as they often churned up previously hidden items.

Location - Items like to get caught in rocky or pebbly shores, so try searching among those areas. 
Also know the history of the beach. Is it close to a historical settlement? Was it used as a landfill? 
How busy was the marine? Is it crowded with tourists and other hunters?

At the Beach

High-tide mark - Walk along the high tide line. You'll be able to identify it by the pile of seaweed, shells, pebbles, 
and often small pieces of garbage. Be prepared to push some of those items and do a bit of digging.

Gravel - Sea glass easily mixes in with other items of the same size

Popular Beach Around the World
Bahamas
  • Abaco Island
Bermuda
  • Sea Glass Beach
  • Black Bay Beach
Canada
  • Grand Manan, New Brunswick
  • Westfield Beachm Grand Bay, New Brunswick
  • Port Sunder, Newfoundland
  • Brier Island, Nova Scotia
  • Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
  • Hunts Point, Nova Scotia
  • Inverness, Nova Scotia
  • Lawrencetown Beach, Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Souris Beach, Prince Edward Island
  • Danahus Beach, Prince Edward Island
  • Botanical Beach, Port Renfrew, British Columbia
  • Transfer Beach, Ladysmith, Britsh Columbia
  • Tulista Park Beach, Sidney, British Columbia
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Locarno, Vancouver, Bristish Columbia
  • Jericho Beach, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
El Salvador
  • Sunzal Beach, El Tunco
England
  • Chemical Beach
  • North Beach
  • Seaham
Japan
  • Sea Glass Beach, Okinawa
Morocco
  • Essaouira
Portugal
  • Peniche
Puerto Rico
  • Old San Juan
Russia
  • Steklyashka, Vladivostok
United States
  • Davenport Beach, California
  • MacKerricher State Park Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California
  • Secret Beach, Santa Cruz, California
  • Summerland Beach, Santa Barbara, California
  • Hanapepe Bay Glass Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
  • Spectacle Island, Massachusetts
  • Flying Point Beach, New York
  • Bailie Beach, New York
  • Glass Beach, Port Townsend Washington

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