Even though many sea glass hunters rave of their finds on northern California beaches, there are beaches in southern California where you can also find sea glass.
My favorite beach near my home to collect sea glass is located in the most southern part of Redondo Beach and Torrance Beach. An hour before low tide, I begin my journey at the end of the bike path and head south along the water’s edge towards Palos Verdes.
Redondo Beach is a fickle beach for finding sea glass. Chances are good I’ll find at least two or three nice shards, but some days, I don’t find any sea glass. On a few occasions, the sea glass gods have blessed me with 10 to 20 shards. The best time to find sea glass in Redondo Beach is during the first low tide after a storm.
I find mostly white and brown sea glass in Redondo, but on good days when the tide has brought in patches of pebbles and seashells, I usually find a few thick and frosted sea foam shards.
Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and El Segundo
I’ve checked nearby Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and El Segundo for sea glass, but I haven’t found that much on these beaches.
I’ve found a few nice shards of sea glass in Malibu by walking in front of the private homes an hour before and after low tide. I access the shore in front of the homes through the public beaches like El Matador.
The best thing about beachcombing along the Malibu coast is the beautiful beaches. There’s a relaxing and kick-back type of vibe along the water. If you plan on going to Malibu to collect sea glass during summer weekends, try to go early to get a good parking spot.
I’ve found lots of little sea glass shards in La Jolla, and it’s a beautiful and popular beach. Be sure to go an hour or two before low tide. You should be able to find sea glass on La Jolla beach most days.
Newport Beach to Laguna Beach Orange County
There are several beaches between Newport Beach and Laguna where people have reported finding sea glass.
Be sure to look for spots where small pebbles and seashells have gathered between the low and high tideline.
Avoid smooth, sandy beaches. It’s unlikely you’ll find sea glass in these areas.
Summerland Beach in Santa Barbara
Bring the dog and find sea glass in Santa Barbara, California. Santa Barbara is located just a little north of Los Angeles.
The most important thing you should do to find sea glass on Summerland Beach is go an hour or two before low tide. The beach is curvy with some zig-zag cliffs around the coves, so be sure not to get stuck in any spots when the high tide comes in.
Directions to Summerland Beach, Santa Barbara
Take the 101 Freeway to Santa Barbara. Then take Exit 88 and go west. You’ll quickly run into Padaro Lane. Turn right. After driving down Padaro Lane–a residential road–for a while, you’ll come to a parking area with a sign that says “Loon Point.”
Turn right into the Loon Point public parking lot. Towards the back of the parking lot, there is a path that leads down to the beach. When you come to the end of the path, go left for about one quarter of a mile. Look for sea glass among the small rocks and seashells.
I have more luck finding sea glass on Summerland Beach than I do on most beaches in Southern California.
Sea Glass in Southern California
I’m still looking for more sea glass friendly beaches in southern California, and as soon as I find more places, I’ll post updates.
Have you found other good sea glasses beaches in southern California? If yes, please share about them in the comment section below.
Happy sea glass hunting!