Point Sal State Beach has been closed to vehicular traffic since 1993, and it appears that it will not be reopened any time soon. The road to Point Sal once accommodated vehicle traffic and access to the beach. The area never swarmed with people; mostly it brought out adventurers like mountain bikers and hikers. Occasionally, access is restricted due to missile launches and other military dealings. The water is cold, the riptides and undertow in the surf can be deadly, and the primitive beach is just too far out of the way for many people who prefer convenience stores and soda machines. On one hand, it is a shame that there is no easy entrance, but on the other, the lack of access has gotten rid of the partiers, the people who litter, and other undesirables, and left the place to hikers, dogs, and mountain bikers, which makes for a pretty positive environment all around. It’s about the nearest thing there is to beachside wilderness anywhere in Southern California. The lack of vehicle traffic actually makes the entire experience rather idyllic. This pristine area is now left to those who will work to get there.
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