Sun, sand, and swimming

Lake Tahoe Beaches

Lake Tahoe beaches are gorgeous with amazing high-alpine scenery to match the serious beach scene around the shore. You’ll find miles of sandy beaches throughout Lake Tahoe that cater to every taste. Explore the right beach for you.

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The Best Lake Tahoe Beaches for Your Every Mood

They say that no two grains of sand are alike, and the same is true for the best Lake Tahoe beaches. Each boasts different panoramas, personalities, and even sun exposure (hint: beaches on the western side of the lake see more early morning sun, and those on the east side are ideal for catching the sunset). Some, like Kiva Beach and Nevada Beach, are dog friendly. Others, like Emerald Bay State Park, offer boat camping and you-can’t-find-anywhere-else views of Fannette Island and the Vikingsholm Estate. There’s no shortage of water sports here, plenty of hiking and biking, and if you’re looking for more exhilarating Lake Tahoe summer activities, like access to boating and parasailing, you’ll find that, too.

At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun.

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We’ve got snowflakes. ❄️
The temperature is 31°F.
Ready to shred the steeps?

The Stories Behind Lake Tahoe’s Beaches

Emerald Bay, Zephyr Cove, Fannette Island, and Camp Richardson didn’t come by their names randomly. The stories behind their names involve early postmasters, Greek mythology, and even young vacationers from the 1800s. You’ll find Lake Tahoe’s history everywhere here, including the beaches.

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Our Guide to the Best Lake Tahoe beaches – sunshine, sand and swimming

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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