This was our first trip to the Pacific North West. Our goal was to explore as many beaches as possible in our two week visit so we could let you know where to find sea glass.
I made a list of Washington beaches that others had mentioned that they had found sea glass, but we were really hoping to find an unmentioned spot or two.
We took the ferry from Port Townsend to Whidbey Island. Our first stop was Coupeville which unbeknownst to us was an historic waterfront town.
Fun fact: Did you know that 23.8 million people ride the Washington ferries every year?
Sufficiently caffeinated, we were ready to look out for more sea glass beaches and other beachcombing treasures. We hugged the coast line as much as possible and visited the better known beaches, such as Deception Pass State Park.
We also stopped at several other spots, however many of Washington's beaches are privately owned and fenced off or studded with "keep off signs". One road led to a really nice beach but didn't allow for any stopping except at their parking lot where they charge ten bucks per person just to walk on the beach... NO thanks!
Heading back south towards the Clinton ferry, we decided to check out Bush Point and it was exactly what we were hoping for! Situated in a quiet, semi private neighborhood beach paradise, Bush Point is a Whidbey Island treasure that all sea glass collectors shouldn't miss out on.
The views of Olympic National Park's snow-capped mountains are spectacular, but we spent most of our time looking down at the beach - of course!
The beach itself is fairly wide at low tide, with small patches of pebbles and seashells on the sandy shore. There are no big slippery rocks and not much driftwood on this beach which made for a nice relaxing walk. It was low tide and the waves were really small.
All of our sea glass was found by sight, so no digging required today! You wouldn't think there would be too much sea glass to find, but it washes up with each little wave. I found all of mine up along the high tide and mid-tide wrack lines, while the Mr. found his at the waters' edge.
Bush Point is a safe, quiet, tucked away, semi-private hidden gem. We had the entire beach to ourselves, except for the one or two locals quietly walking their dogs. I would have loved to explore on the other side of the B&B, but we had to catch our ferry back to the mainland.
Sea Glass Photos
This is most of what we collected during our all-too-brief visit to Bush Point. It was perfect weather for a quiet beach walk too, so a double win! Even though it was November, we didn't see the stereotypical rain that Washington is famous for. Perhaps it's not as wet as people make out!
We found the usual brown, white and green pieces of sea glass, several aqua or pieces of coke bottle sea glass, one tiny piece of cobalt blue and some pretty heart shapes.
Most of our treasures were fairly thin and newer than the sea glass that was found at Glass Beach, Port Townsend but all had a nice frost and were found within about an hour.
Although much of the sea glass we gathered at Bush Point would be considered craft glass, there were several nice jewelry quality pieces including some of the hearts.
Directions to Bush Point
Bush Point is located at 231 Spyglass Drive, Freeland, Whidbey Island, Washington. The nearest airport is Sea-Tac and you'll need to take a ferry from the mainland.
- Great beach if you have little kiddos.
- Dog friendly.
- Plenty of free parking.
- Restrooms that were actually open in November... definitely a plus!
- And sea glass... another BIG plus!
Note - This area is about the only beach access point/parking lot for the beach, all the other entry points had signs posted saying private property.
I would love to know more about this abandoned building across the street from the beach (228 Spyglass Drive). It's huge, was built in the 1940's but looks much older. Maybe it was an ice cream parlor...