When Briny Beach was hot and sunny, the seashore was crowded with tourists and it was impossible to find a good place to lay one's blanket. On gray and cloudy days, the Baudelaires had the beach more or less to themselves, so they could work together on their projects and experiments.

Briny Beach is by the seashore on the brink of the city which was home to the Baudelaire Family. It was accessible via a rickety trolley.


The beach tends to be crowded with tourists on sunny days. However, it is practically empty on gray and cloudy days. On such days, there is quite a lot of fog.

The beach contains tide pools, and it is easy to skip rocks on the water.[1]

Briny Beach takes its name from the poem "The Walrus and the Carpenter" by Lewis Carroll:

'O Oysters, come and walk with us!'
The Walrus did beseech.
A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
'To give a hand to each.'
— The Walrus and the Carpenter, stanza six; Lewis Carroll


The Bad Beginning

Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire were at Briny Beach on the fateful day they found out their parents had perished in a terrible fire that had destroyed their home. When Mr. Poe arrived to deliver the news, Violet skipped rocks and attempting to think up a device which could retrieve them, and Klaus was examining the nearby creatures.[1]

The Grim Grotto

Quigley Quagmire sends a message to Queequeg for the Baudelaires to meet him at Briny Beach. The siblings were surprised to return to the beach and felt they ended up where they started. Mr. Poe met them at the beach again, but this time, the siblings refused to go with him. Rather, seeing a taxi, they entered it, thinking Quigley was inside, but they were greeted by Kit Snicket instead.[2]

Known Visitors

2004 Film Divergent Canon


Briny Beach in the 2004 film.

In the 2004 film, there are several trees seen rooted underwater and spreading above the sea, making it appear to be a flooded area instead of the edge of an ocean or lake; as such, it has been compared to Killdeer Fields or a similar flooded forest. It is less foggy than described in the books, though it is very gray and the colors are quite muted. 

Sunny was able to come across a log to bite on the beach.

Netflix Series Divergent Canon

In the television series, there are several piers and staircases around the beach in order for guests to walk down to it, as well as a lifeguard's chair.[4] Somewhere along the edge of the beach are a submarine rental store[5] and a phone booth.[6]

There is a sign suspiciously located by the stairs that reads "NO SWIMMING: UNSAFE TOXIN LEVELS IN WATER."[5] There is also a sign on the stairs that reads "NO FISHING: HIGHLY POLLUTED WATER" and "DANGER: STAIRS ARE SLIPPERY WHEN WET."[4]






Video game

Netflix Series


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