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“Ridiculous” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Swim Beach

Swim Beach
LosAngeles
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115 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Ridiculous”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

With such a large lake like Big Bear Lake it is absolutely ridiculous that you can only swim in this small enclosed area where you have to pay $5/person to enter.
It simply does not make sense, if anybody knows the reason please let me know. My only guess is the monetary gain, you charge for boating, you charge for fishing so it makes sense to charge for swimming too. This is absolutely in line with the rest of Big Bear "features" like: resort fee, cleaning fee, smoking fee, pet fee, etc.
Maybe that is exactly the reason why less and less people are visiting Big Bear Lake, you can only expect to be rip off for anything you want to do.
Going back to the swim park, be aware, they check your bags for alcohol and depending on the mood of the staff they may or not accept any glass container. The swim test is also a laughable matter, it may be OK to test little kids but why the adult people, aren't they mature enough to understand that if you do not know how to swim you cannot go in the deep water?
This place is completely out of place, out of time and out of reason.
The City should just invest some money to create a nice public beach, free of charge like any other resort/city/village in California. This is what every tourist and locals alike expect.

Visited August 2013
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great place to swim!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

kids loved it! Its in a enclosed area of the lake where you can swim, sun bathe, slide down into the lake. There are benches and tables where you can bring your own food to eat.

Visited September 2013
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Santa Barbara, California
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40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Overcrowded with obnoxious children”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

overcrowded with kids, useless $5 fee, once you're in you have to wait in a long line for a swim test. The water looked dirty, and we saw several dead fish floating around. Stay away from here.

Visited July 2013
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San Diego, California
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40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Swimming hours Noon-5am during the summer?? Really?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

Let me first clarify that my boyfriend and I didn't even go here because as we pulled up at 10:30am...all packed with a picnic lunch and ready to spend the day on the beach (and let me might add this is really the only place with a beach and swimming on Big Bear Lake). totally disappointed, and if you ask me, a little silly on the weekend. In the middle of July. On a Lake. I'm giving it an average because it did look nice and maintained. From the fence. That has a sign that says they are open only from noon-5pm.

Visited July 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Can't quite make up my mind”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

I can't quite make up my mind about this one.

I mean, if your kids can swim well enough to pass the swim test (doggy paddling does not cut it and backstroke is also required), it is definitely worth the visit. They will be allowed to go to the deeper water and play on two floating bouncy structures which they can climb and from which they can slide or jump into the water. What more can a kid want than doing cannonballs without getting yelled at. All are required to wear life jackets, so it is safe. They are also only allowed to be there for 20 minutes, so you don't have to worry about getting them back from where they cannot hear you.

My 5 year old son cannot swim, so he could only be in the shallow area, but he still liked it a lot. The swim area is super safe. You don't have to worry about your kid making a wrong step and ending up in deep water or getting snatched by a rogue current. The place is teeming with life guards and life jackets are available to anyone. There is also a volleyball net, a pair of swings, and a climbing structure that occupied my monkey bars obsessed son for at least half an hour.

On the other hand, I can't help feeling that there is something pathetic about that little water hole you have to pay to get to. There are so many kids in a fairly small area. The water is cold and murky. Maybe I forgot what it is like to be a kid and appreciate, no, love any body of water you are allowed to go into.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure to bring your own food. Yes, there is a snack bar and it offers what can qualify as real food, such as hot dogs and chicken tacos, but while I was standing in line, I noticed that the woman working there was handling food and money without ever putting on gloves or washing her hands.

Visited July 2013
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