Sea Glass From Rincon, Puerto Rico

Maria's Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

"Then as it was, then again it will be

And though the course may change sometimes

Rivers always reach the sea "

Led Zeppelin

 

Out Of The Blue Sea Glass originated in Rincon, Puerto Rico and Puerto Rican sea glass has been the mainstay for our business for nearly thirty years! We collected most of our Puerto Rican sea glass ourselves. We do have some pieces in our collection that were sent to us by friends and family that live on the island. Occasionally we purchase small amounts from local collectors too. We lived in Rincon for fifteen years and were amongst the first to collect sea glass there. Rincon has become a well known sea glass mecca over the years. Sea glass can be found on beaches throughout the island but the beaches on the northwest coast are the most consistent.

Why so much sea glass in Puerto Rico? Puerto Rico has a long history of being very densely populated. It is more densely populated than any of the 50 US states and is one of the most densely populated islands in the world.  The island has some world famous surf breaks. Puerto Rico has some of the most powerful surf in the Caribbean.

Most of the island's sea glass comes from glass that was discarded on land in either makeshift neighborhood dumps or from randomly lost and discarded glass. Puerto Rico's interior is made up of the Cordillera Central mountain range and much of the island has very hilly terrain.  During the rainy season hillsides become eroded, makeshift dumps open up and large and small landslides frequently occur. The heavy rains wash debris into rivers and streams that empty out at sea. The best sea glass collecting locations are on beaches that are near a river mouth. 

Large quantities of broken glass, old bottles and household glass can sometimes be found in stream beds and in the dirt. Some of this glass is still glassy but not sharp because it has been softened by the forces of erosion. As glass is carried down rivers and streams it is naturally tumbled as it washes over river rocks and sandy stream beds. Much of the island's sea glass has started it's transformation before it reaches the sea. This may explain why some of the island's sea glass has such a silky texture. Once at sea Puerto Rico's lost and discarded glass is worn smooth by warm tropical surf where it is transformed into some of the world's best jewelry quality sea glass.

 

The tide pool at Rivermouth in Rincon, Puerto Rico

 

This tide pool appears and disappears on a beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico and and is often rimmed with sea glass. It is close to a river mouth and a surf break that is called "Rivermouth". This tide pool has become legendary amongst sea glass collectors. I blissfully had it to myself for many years.

 

 This view is of Tres Palmas in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

 

This is a view of Tres Palmas from an abandoned house on a hilltop. This house is called the "Goat House" because it was over run by goats. This picture was taken by my husband back in the day. Surfers use the Goat House to check the surf. Tres Palmas breaks off of Steps Beach and is one of the most powerful surf breaks in the Carribbean. Sea glass found on Steps Beach tends to be very tiny because of the large powerful surf and because the bottom is a coral garden.


Lisl Armstrong on Sandy beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico.On Sandy Beach in my early twenties with one of my adopted stray dogs "Tiger". I did not have a proper leash for her. She is on a surf leash. The island in the background is called Desecheo. It is uninhabited scrub and is about eleven miles off the coast. It is part of the Cordillera Central mountain range. The surrounding waters are a beautiful indescribable dark indigo-turquoise. There is no sea glass there.

 

 

 

 One of the quebradas that carries lost and discarded glass out to sea  in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

 

Tiger in the quebrada or stream that creates the river mouth that is just north of the tide pool. This is one of the waterways that carries debris from the interior to the sea.

 

One of Lisl Armstrong's dogs playing with a coconut in the quebrada at Rivermouth in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

A Coconut Retriever! Dogs in the tropics love cocos. No need to bring a ball on beach walks!