One of the best places to find sea glass in Southern California is at La Jolla Cove near San Diego.
I went there with my daughter and two grandchildren on June 15, 2012 an hour before low tide.
La Jolla is just a little north of San Diego, California. It’s a beautiful and popular beach to visit even if you’re not going to collect sea glass.
Lots of Sea Glass Shards in La Jolla
There was plenty of nicely frosted sea glass on the beach in La Jolla. A lot of the shards were small, but it was still a lot of fun because sea glass was everywhere. Here are some pictures of our day at La Jolla Cove.
The Tide Brought In Lots of Small Shards
Take a close look at the picture below. You can see lots of small clear, green and brown sea glass. I could stay in one spot for ten minutes and collect of lot of sea glass. Many of the pieces were nicely frosted and rounded.
La Jolla Cove Above the Cliffs
Here is a nice shot of La Jolla Cove from above the beach. There are about three stairways leading down to the beach. While we were there, a lifeguard was there too. The beach was fairly crowded, and many children were enjoying themselves climbing on the rocks and checking out the seals.
The day we went was a little foggy, and the temperature was about 65 degrees. In Southern California in June, it tends to be foggy near the coast.
Seals on the Rocks at La Jolla Cove
Below is a lone baby seal who seemed to have gotten separated from its parents. Please do not go near the seals. The parents of this baby seal were probably frightened away by humans.
My granddaughter and grandson below at La Jolla Cove. They love helping me collect sea glass.
Sea Glass Shards Collected on La Jolla Beach, California
Most pieces of sea glass were small, but most were nicely frosted and rounded.
Other Tips for Collecting Sea Glass at La Jolla
- Parking, like most popular beaches in California, can be challenging and a little expensive, especially if you’re going during the summer and on weekends.
- Be sure to check the tide times. It’s best to go at low tide. Typically there are two high and two low tides every day along the Pacific Coast. I use WeatherForYou.com to check tide times.
- Restrooms at La Jolla are located above the cliffs.
- Bring drinking water and snacks and of couse sunscreen. Even if it’s foggy, you can still get burnt.
- Keep in mind that sea glass can be fickle. I’ve been collecting sea glass on California’s coast many times on several different beaches. There are good sea glass days and bad sea glass days. Usually if the tide has brought in little pebbles and shells, I can find sea glass. Some days I won’t find any sea glass even if I found a lot the day before on the same beach.
Other Sea Glass Beaches I’ve Found in Southern California
Another favorite place of mine to find sea glass is in Redondo Beach near my home. I go quite frequently and usually collect at least one handfull of sea glass at low tide. To see get directions to the best spot in Redondo Beach click here.
I’ve also made a number of trips to Summerland Beach in Santa Barbara. I found my first blue piece of sea glass here. To get directions, click here.
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