If you have booked a Lake Tahoe vacation rental this summer, you may be super excited about sandy shores, sunny skies and beautiful blue waters. And we don’t blame you! The lake itself is what attracts millions of visitors each year. Of course, so does our snowboarding, hiking, biking and relaxed mountain life, but more on those activities in later blogs. After months spent at home, enjoying a day at the beach with friends, family or maybe even just you and your favorite book is probably something you have been counting down to for some time. With SO many beaches to enjoy, you may be wondering which one is the best to visit? Or maybe which one is closest to your Lake Tahoe vacation rental? Or if you should venture over to the other side of the lake to try something new? Below we break down some of the best beaches and what they have to offer.
On the California side of the South Shore
- Baldwin Beach: This expansive sandy beach with fantastic views of the lake and Mt. Tallac is conveniently located in-between Emerald Bay and Camp Richardson. This is a local favorite. If you want a good parking spot, get there early, otherwise plan to hike in.
- Pope Beach:This is another local favorite located East of Kiva Beach. Parking is easier compared to other beaches and the water is warmer than some of the other shores and shallower. This is great for families with younger children.
- Kiva Beach: Known as a dog beach, Kiva is large and close to Taylor Creek and offers free parking. Because of the close proximity to Taylor Creek, you can walk over to the Taylor Creek Visitors Center.
- Regan Beach: One of the oldest beaches in Tahoe is Regan, which is located in the Al Tahoe neighborhood and has a grassy area and play structure.
- El Dorado Beach: Hard to miss as it is located along HWY 50 in the middle of town, this beach is home to summer concert series, barbecues, and the easily accessible location.
On the Nevada Side of the South Shore
- Zephyr Cove: This beach sometimes referred to as the “Party Beach”, is THE place to go when you want a little bit of everything: From dining to a beachside bar to volleyball to cruises to boat and jet ski rentals, this is a super fun spot to be with plenty of things to do. Parking can be a bit tricky as the lot is smaller, but there is parking along the HWY.
- Nevada Beach:Located not too far from Zephyr Cove is this quiet beach next to the Nevada Beach Campground. Tucked among the pines, this beach is a bit quieter but has gorgeous views.
- Round Hill Pines: This cute beach sits on the Nevada side across from the Round Hill shopping Center. It is a popular wedding location and has a great beachside bar.
Some of our other favorite beaches not on the South Shore include the below:
- L. Bliss: If you are staying at a Lake Tahoe vacation rental on the South Shore, this beach located on the West shore is worth the drive. This state park is North of Emerald Bay and has a campground, coves unlike any other around the lake, tall cliffs and amazing views.
- Sand Harbor: If you are heading over to Incline Village, this is one of the most popular beaches around the entire lake! Known for its giant granite boulders, stunning turquoise waters, panoramic mountain views and Shakespeare festival, this beach is a MUST visit. Get here early to get parking.
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