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Salton Sea

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California's largest lake offers more than 380 square miles of outdoor recreation including boating, birding, camping and fishing.
  • Excellent24%
  • Very good42%
  • Average18%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible6%
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I had a lazy Sunday afternoon to kill while recently in San Diego for work. I decided to make the drive from San Diego out to Bombay Beach at the Salton Sea opting for the scenic route through Julian, CA. Take the 8 East to...More

Thank Josh M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Yes, it smells. Yes, the beaches are actually fish bones mixed with sand. Yes, parts are being torn down daily. Yes, you can still camp here (several sites open) Most 7$ a day. Such a site to see though. You cannot drive on the beach...More

Thank Bill85210
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We saw info on the Salton last time we were in the area, but didn't make it there. We made sure it was on our list when we made it back. So glad we did! It is January, so it wasn't very smelly. It was...More

1  Thank Samantha H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not at all a kid's friendly place. Entry is not free. Kids can't play on the beaches or in the water (dirty).

1  Thank Travangelist
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As we vacation in Palm Desert, it's an easy drive to the Salton Sea. Visited with family members in November 2017. As we were walking by the water's edge, something went into the bottom of my foot! Bleeding and painful. Tried to get it out...More

3  Thank suzy121050
Reviewed 10 November 2017

A sad story of what was once thought of as "the place to be". The Salton Sea is an interesting place for a drive on a cloudy day in Palm Springs. It can be quite hot here on sunny days so be aware. Bombay Beach...More

6  Thank Ron L
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

My wife and I off on another American road trip. We are a couple of Australian travellers that have travelled to more places in the USA than most Americans. This time we came across a place that isn’t spoken about much, the Salton Sea. A...More

3  Thank Larry B
Reviewed 30 October 2017

This was an interesting place to say the least. My friend and I navigated over just to check it out. It was definitely a sight to see and something I didn't expect to exist in the USA. Make sure your stomach is not weak with...More

2  Thank Ryan S
Reviewed 15 October 2017

We had seen the Salton Sea in 1972 and decided to stop at it on our way back to Arizona from Los Angeles. It's like a Stephen King novel. There are many trailers around the area. I don't know where these people shop or eat....More

2  Thank Paula1946
Reviewed 11 October 2017

From the "Miracle in the desert" to ecological nightmare. California biggest lake definitely is very beautiful from the distance. Getting close the feeling of abandonment and post apocalypse is strong - and then there is the smell.... I did a motorcycle ride around the lake...More

2  Thank delfhedde
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