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Looking for sea glass? Here a few tips to help you

March 28, 2017

Try to start your search an hour or two before low tide and follow the tide out.  Sea glass is most likely to be found in patches of small rocks.   Look for patches of rocks on the beach and start your search there.  While low tide is a good time to find sea glass be sure to search both the high tide line and the low tide line as sea glass tends to collect in both areas.  If the rocks on the beach are rounded, it is very likely the sea glass will be as well.  I've found that areas with jagged rocks that are not well weathered don't typically yield up smooth pieces of well-weathered glass.


Weather and time of year make a difference in how much sea glass may be found.  After a good storm is the best time to find it and winter is the best time of year.  In the summer time layers of sand build up on the beach and cover much of the sea glass and the rock patches where it is found.  Winter storms wash the sand back off and expose the rocks and sea glass.  Typically, I have good luck up through April in the Sausalito / San Francisco area then the sand begins to build up again.  This doesn't mean sea glass cannot be found in the summer months.  It just isn't as easy.


I'd love to hear your best hints and tips or answer questions.  Just click the contact link and send me an email.


All the Best and Happy Sea Glass Hunting -  




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