The Great Salt Lake

“I’m only giving this 2 stars because of the historical value of it[…]I would avoid this place like the plague. Why??

* It smells like the worst thing ever.
* There are gnats EVERYWHERE. And then you get really close to the water, you’ll see that the sand gets darker. And you’ll notice it’s because of the millions and millions of gnats all over the sand. It seriously looks like the ground is moving.
* When we went a couple days ago, there were a ton of dead birds all over the “beach” area. Like hundreds of dead birds. And it wasn’t like they were decomposing, they were mostly feathers and bones. But it was totally gross and super creepy.”

-Eric L., Yelp

Photo by Lucas Eaton, 2007.

Photo by Lucas Eaton, 2007.

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Punalu’u Black Sand Beach

“It’s got coconut trees, bathrooms, benches, a life guard, and above all turtles just hanging out on the beach. The sand though, this is why it got such a low score.The sand is very coarse.  I’m used to very fine black sand beaches.  This isn’t it.  My feet were pretty raw afterwards.  I had to wear my slippers after a while.”

-Mitch N. Yelp

By Poco a poco (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons