South Lake Tahoe beaches - sunshine, sand and swimming

By: Karin Sharon

Pope Beach Lake Tahoe

Those who live near the Pacific or Atlantic coasts probably have idealistic images of what ocean side beaches are supposed to look like. Many visitors coming from those ends of the country might have doubts as to how an alpine lake can compete with what they are accustomed to, but those thoughts will be quickly swept away with a trip to Lake Tahoe. Speaking on behalf of all locals, we are proud of our diverse variety of beaches and all they have to offer. Whether you are seeking a day of exhilarating water sports or serene relaxation, South Lake Tahoe has you covered!

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Family Fun Beaches

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Some of the many water sport options at Zephyr Cove Beach | Photo courtesy of the author.

Pope Beach is the longest beach in Tahoe and a popular family locale. Be sure to bring a picnic to satisfy the appetite you will work up after you rent paddleboard and kayaks. The beach has many trees, so you can take a break from the sun if you need. (parking fee)

Round Hill Pines Beach is a resort with many amenities that will appeal to every member of the family. You can rent watercraft at the marina, and sip on a refreshing cocktail from the Beach Bums Bar and Grill. Make sure to stay until sunset, because the views of Mt. Tallac and the Sierra Nevada create a picturesque backdrop. (parking fee)

Zephyr Cove Beach and Resort is another family-friendly location with activities such as volleyball, boating, and parasailing. Take an iconic Lake Tahoe cruise on the M.S. Dixie II or the Tahoe Paradise. There are two restaurants at the resort and the opportunity to stay in a cabin or at the campground. (parking fee)

Quiet, Relaxing Beaches

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A relaxing afternoon at Nevada Beach | Photo courtesy of the author.

Nevada Beach is a spacious beach with plenty of room for visitors. It’s attached to a campground, so you can make it a more immersive experience if you love camping. There is also a dog beach, so you can bring your furry friend with you. Just follow the signs and keep Fido on a leash until you get to the water. (parking fee)

Kiva Beach is another quiet beach, known as one of Tahoe’s “hidden gems.” A bit rockier than other beaches, Kiva is a popular spot for dogs. I recommend wearing water shoes (for the rocky shoreline) and bringing extra doggie bags (to help keep the beach clean).  

Vikingsholm Beach is located in Emerald Bay State Park, one of the most photographed locations in Lake Tahoe. With just a short hike down to the beach, you can see Vikingsholm Castle, which is one of the greatest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the Western Hemisphere. You can also rent kayaks to reach Fannette Island and explore the tea house. (parking fee)

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View of Fannette Island from Vikingsholm Beach | Photo courtesy of the author.

There is no better way to soak up the Lake Tahoe sunshine than a day at the beach. Whether you are here to spend time with family or on a romantic getaway, you will leave South Lake Tahoe with countless new memories that last a lifetime. We can definitely give those seaside beaches a run for their money!

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