Travels in the USA: The Salton Sea and Bombay Beach

Jesse and I were lucky enough to attend the wedding of my dad, Thomas, to his long-time partner Andre, in Palm Springs. We wound up spending a week in Palm Springs, and, based on their recommendations, made our way to Bombay Beach, which is located on the Salton Sea.

The Salton Sea is a shallow, land-locked, very salty, sea south of Palm Springs, approaching the Mexican border. Jesse and I visited it before we left for Spain, almost two years earlier. It is very bizarre, as much of the “beach” is squishy yet crunchy (somehow) sand, and a lot of the beachfront is made up of the fish bones of centuries and much older dead fish. There are no homes on this lake, and no sun bathers or swimmers, no boats. There are some birds, much smaller than their ocean counterparts, so there must be some fish, but we never saw any. 

Bombay Beach has many art installations on the beach itself, some even in the water. We were able to park right on the sand near the water’s edge and explore all the different, weird, creepy, decrepit, and odd art along with some others on this late November, mostly sunny day. 

Later we drove through the town, which alternates between abandoned lots and brightly painted and funky abodes and rentals. There’s even a church, a bar, and a lot more weird art installations.

If ever in Palm Springs, and you want to do something completely different, this is the place to go.

Of course, here are some of us at the wedding, along with Thomas, Andre, my sister Tiffany, and the Reverend Tim Phillips.

It was at a very cool event space that backed up to the mountains. Here’s a daytime view.

and nighttime ones.

We had a great time and love visiting the area, and highly recommend exploring Palm Springs and Salton Sea!

Published by Phil Barrington

Currently living in Spain, Accountant by Day, Writer by Night. Lover of baseball, travel ,and spreadsheets. Check out my blog:

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