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. On a hot and sunny day, the beach was crowded with tourists, so the Baudelaire children preferred to visit in gloomier weather, and were allowed to do so as long as they returned home by dinner.
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 was skipped rocks and attempting to think up a device which could retrieve them, and Klaus was examining the nearby creatures.
Violet, Klaus and Sunny later returned to Briny Beach, waiting to meet Quigley Quagmire. Instead, seeing a taxi, they entered it, thinking Quigley was inside, but were instead greeted by Kit Snicket.