Beachcombing Basics

Go where the pros go for coastal treasure, from sea glass to driftwood to shimmery fishing floats.

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Fishing Floats
Photo: Ted Tucker

Fishing Floats

Best place to find them: In Ocean Shores, Washington, about two and a half hours southwest of Seattle

Why here: Strong ocean currents have been depositing these hollow glass spheres—used by fishermen to keep their nets afloat—along the shores of the Pacific Northwest for about a century. The peak years for finding the floats, which range in hues from aqua to black, have passed, but plenty are still bobbing along.

Don’t miss: Grab your binoculars and head south to nearby Westport to watch pods of migrating gray whales;

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