Where Can I Find Sea Glass at Florida Beaches?

Sea glass washes ashore with the high tide in Florida.
Sea glass washes ashore with the high tide in Florida. (Image: HelenL100/iStock/Getty Images)

Brightly sparkling pieces of glass washed smooth by the sea are becoming a rare find along Florida's beaches. Once common, when more people disposed of garbage in the ocean, a sea glass find in today's eco-friendly world is more unusual than 20 years ago. You have a chance of finding sea glass along any Florida coastline, as the sea gradually washes up pieces of glassware or bottles from decades ago. Increase your odds of finding rare pieces by looking in the areas where ancient shipwrecks lie offshore.

Searching for Glass

Look for areas on the beach scattered with numerous seashells during low tide. On a sunny day, glass is easy to spot among the shells when it glints on them from overhead. The glass may also lie under the sand, so scrape through areas where many shells collect.

Rare Glass

While brown, white and green sea glass from modern beverage bottles is fairly common, colors such as lilac, cobalt, red and orange usually hail back to historic wrecks. Near Jacksonville, the wreck of the Confederate transport ship the Maple Leaf lies near the mouth of the St. John's River. In the Florida Keys, a Dutch Merchant ship is just one of several wrecks that could contain glass more than 100 years old.

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