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Smelly Ghost Town

Isn't it funny when one of the worst smelling marinas can share a special place in your heart with one of the coolest scenic landscapes you've ever seen? The Salton Sea Beach... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Sydnee B
Los Angeles, California

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Lincoln, California
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198 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived about 10:00AM at the Park Center and watched 7 minute video of the history of the sea. Then walked about a quarter mile to beach where the waterfowl was abundant and near shore. Saw Pelicans, Black Necked Stilts, Gulls, Grackles, Dowitchers and more. Interesting place.

Thank John G
Lethbridge, Canada
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123 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove to the Salton Sea from Palm Desert which was about a 40 min drive. There is no attraction to this area, there is rotting fish on the beach because the lake is too salty for the fish to live. The water level is so low that the Marina is not accessible. This used to be a great vacation... More 

Thank Cantal
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After viewing documentaries about the area, we ventured south of Palm Springs to see the ruins of such a magnificent place. The west side was largely spacious and rarely saw a soul, but littered with new construction and newer cars. On the East side it was much more of a look into the past adn poorly kept trailers and buildings.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Isn't it funny when one of the worst smelling marinas can share a special place in your heart with one of the coolest scenic landscapes you've ever seen? The Salton Sea Beach Marina is a photographers paradise. Layers of fish bones cover the grounds in this haunted ghost town creating a rotten stench that lasts for hours. Now lets take... More 

Thank Sydnee B
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a place that will appeal to those of you who like the quirky, odd, apocalyptic and horrific charm of good times gone bad. Once a robust resort in the 50's and 60's, it has left in ruins a glimpse of mid century leisure life. I finally took my first drive down there last month and totally and instantly... More 

2 Thank SerafinsGirl
Saskatoon, Canada
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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We stopped at Bombay Beach. The townsite is post-apocalyptic. Mostly derelict buildings and houses. Saw no people around, but it looks like people live there. Kind of get a feeling like you are in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie. We got out of the car at the "beach". Super weird. Dry mud shore with numerous desiccated fish scattered every where.... More 

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Lakewood, Washington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Visited the Salton Sea in October. It was so much larger than I expected. I suppose I should have researched it more before visiting; I had only heard about it during a past visit so wanted to see it this time. Very salty due to no egress of water. Ingress seems to be from below ground and rainwater (which seems... More 

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Schoenenwerd, Switzerland
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33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This area is very run down - nothing to see, everything is dirty and smelly. You can skip this area as you do not miss anything

Thank Lostana
Rancho Mirage, California
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

There is nothing here except birdwatching and smelling the AWFUL order especially as it dries up from the drought and fish die off from lack of oxygen in the water. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME HERE !

Thank sacbear
Palm Desert, California
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

if you want to explore the unusal terrain of californias largest body of water you gotta expect the unexpected. Weird, A bit scary. A little dangerous and did I say weird yet?

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