• Bombay Beach, Salton Sea - California

      Photo by Peter Thody
      Apocalyptic scenes of mass fish die offs, skeletal, graffiti-covered remains of collapsed buildings; and luminescent algae blooms may seem an unlikely visitor attraction but this dramatically photogenic combination is precisely why so many people turn off California SR 111 to visit the tiny community of Bombay Beach (pop. around 250) on the eastern shore of the Salton Sea. The increasing salinity of this huge inland lake - coupled with rising and falling water levels - has had a devastating impact on the community but it is now world famous for its strangely - and disturbingly - beautiful decay.

      If you go:
      The shore is reached via a levy that now protects Bombay Beach - be careful not to drive too far beyond this or you'll end up sinking up to your axles in the sand.


      Avenue E
      Bombay Beach, California 92257 USA