When you think about a beach you picture endless yellow and golden stretches of sand on a tropical destination. Well forget about that when you visit the amazingly colourful glass beach on two opposite ends in the world: USA’s California and Russia’s Vladivostok!
The Glass Beach of Vladivostok
Vladivostok, located in Russia’s far east, is home to one of the world’s most unlikely beaches. For years, Ussuri Bay, located a 30 minute drive from Vladivostok’s centre, was a dumping ground for glass bottles and waste from a nearby porcelain factory. Years of erosion by water and wind have done a stunning job and converted all the glass into round polished pieces of glass and porcelain. These colourful pebbles now are a local tourist attraction and if you have a look at the stunning pictures below I am sure you would like to visit too.
Once considered a no-go zone, Steklyashka beach now has been afforded special protection by authorities in the Primorsky Krai region. In the summer, it’s a unique bathing spot. And in winter many people regularly drive from the port city of Vladivostok to take photos of this breathtaking natural phenomenon amplified by abundantly bright snow and ice.
The Glass Beach of California
Surprisingly, at the other side of the world, a similar beach exists. Nothing more than a garbage dump between 1950 and 1967, California’s Glass Beach is now quite the tourist attraction.
The Glass Beach used to be full of garbage, glass, broken china porcelain and rusted junk untill some people decided to clean up the beach and let nature turn it into the beauty it is today.
The elements did their job, transforming the glass remnants into shiny, colorful pebbles the same way as in Russia’s glass beach.
We would prefer the Russian glass beach in winter…Which one do you find more stunning?