Daisy Spaniel at Glass Beach / Photo: Radvan Adventures
It was once a dump where all kinds of glass object were trashed. After decades of rolling in the surf, Glass Beach
, at the southern reach of MacKerricher State Park
in Fort Bragg
, is roiling in pieces of smooth, colorful glass that are a delight to behold. Rules prohibit collecting souvenirs, but you’ll find plenty of jewelry in town crafted from the colorful pieces. Keep your pup on a leash and watch your kids and pups near the water, as the surf can be dangerous.
Want immediate gratification when staying in Fort Bragg? Noyo Beach
Off-Leash Dog Area is a small but popular off-leash strand that sits where the Noyo River enters the Pacific Ocean. The parking area is under the Highway 1 bridge over the Noyo River and Harbor Channel.
, six miles north of town, is roomier than Noyo and has segments where your dog can run off-leash (but please pay attention to the signage). You’ll have to travel south past much-photographed Mendocino Village, to access other dog-friendly beaches such as Big River State Beach
, Mendocino Headlands State Park
and Van Damme State Beach
, Gualala Point Regional Park and Beach
and Cook’s Beach
. (All of which require leashes.)