Lake Tahoe beaches are one of the most appealing attractions of this hot spot. From Regan beach to Sand Harbor Beach, you can happily spend your days lazing in the sun or jumping in for a refreshing swim. Whether you want to head straight for the action or visit the secluded clothing-optional sites such as Hidden Beach Tahoe, there will be the perfect beach for you. Pack your swimsuit, remember the all important sunscreen, and get ready to see what the beaches of Lake Tahoe have to offer along their golden shores.
Some travelers might be surprised just how many beaches near Tahoe there really are. It would be impossible to visit all of the beaches during one trip, or even several trips, so it is best to find out what beaches have the qualities you are looking for. First of all, Lake Tahoe beaches are divided into a few categories: North Shore Parks & Beaches, West Shores Parks & Beaches, and South Shore Parks & Beaches. Each of these areas has its own pros and cons, but in general, expect beaches to be busy in the summer—especially on weekends—and parking to be at a premium. In most places, you will pay for parking. It’s often worth checking to see if your hotel has a shuttle to the beaches so transportation is taken care of ahead of time.
One of the most popular beaches is Regan Beach. More accurately described as a lakeside park, Regan Beach is a favorite for more than just sun and swimming. This is a great spot for watching fireworks as well. Nearby is El Dorado Beach, where there are a number of grills for barbecuing, making this a great spot for a family picnic. A volleyball court and playground are sure to keep kids entertained for the afternoon. Regan Beach has also gained popularity as a place for couples to exchange their vows. If you’re looking for an outdoor location for your wedding, this could be the perfect romantic spot.
Sand Harbor beach is another favorite. While other beaches in the area can have coarse sand that is difficult to walk on barefoot, Sand Harbor beach is known for having fine white sand, and being a great place for snorkeling and scuba diving, though diving here is not suited for novices. Locals and visitors alike agree that this is one of the best public beaches in the area, but the downside to this fact is that the parking area can fill up quite easily. The best advice for getting a parking place is to arrive before 11 am or after 3 pm. If you try and arrive during the middle of the day you might find yourself without a place to park.
The area of Lake Tahoe beaches is renowned for its beauty. From Carnelian Bay to Emerald Bay to Zephyr Cove, many visitors are surprised that the spectacular views keep coming. There are many popular activities along the lake including waterskiing, boating, fishing, windsurfing, and scuba diving. Whether you want to cycle to a hidden beach such as Chambers Beach (which can’t be accessed by vehicle) or rent a jet ski at the Kings Beach state recreation area, your days will be full of sun and fun at the many Lake Tahoe beaches.
Image: Will Hart courtesy of Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority