As the summer waves roll in, they carry with them a very special trinket of the sea, known as beach glass. Across the East End there are droves of beach-goers who hunt this treasure, keeping secret the best beaches to find beach glass in glistening colors of green and brown, purple and the elusive orange and red.
For those who don't know what sea glass is, it is actual glass from broken bottles that rolled and tumbled in the sea, turning into smooth, shiny pieces of glass that many use to make into jewlery, keep in jars as a reminder of an adventrious beach day or even sell it. Kids say that if you hold the pieces that you find tight in your hand, your wishes will come true.
It is not always easy to spot beach glass. To find it, you must scour the shoreline. Sometimes you can spot it glistening in the sand at the water's edge, other times you have to stand in the waves and try to catch pieces before the ocean pulls them back in. The best time to hunt for seaglass is during low tide.
And now to reveal the ten local beaches where you can hunt the shoreline for the best piece of sea glass.
- Flying Point Beach, Southampton
- Lashley Beach, Westhampton Beach
- Bailie Beach, Mattituck
- Wading River Beach, Wading River
- At the end of Mile Hill Road, East Hampton
- Main Beach West, East Hampton
- Along the coast of the Great Peconic Bay, Hampton Bays
- Camp Hero, Montauk
- Coopers Beach, Southampton
- Sagg Main Beach, Sag Harbor
Have your own favorites? Share them below!
Photo: Flickr | mmcothern
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