One of the best parts about visiting Lake Tahoe over any other mountain destination during the summer is the beach factor. There’s hardly anywhere else where that you can hike at 9,000 feet and then retreat to the lake for a refreshing swim and an afternoon of sunbathing. There are a lot of beach options in Tahoe, they all have something unique to offer. Here is a rundown of a few of my favorite beaches in South Lake Tahoe.
Kiva: A local’s favorite and one of the only dog-friendly beaches on the South Shore. Typically a younger crowd, Kiva is well known for its laid back vibe, massive Beersbee tournaments and swarms of happy dogs swimming and fetching to their hearts content. This is a great spot for views of Mt. Tallac and for checking out areas of Taylor Creek. Please be respectful of the beaches rules and regulations, especially if you plan to bring your dog. There are no restrooms or facilities.
Getting here: Take Highway 89 North from the “Y” and drive for approximately three miles. Turn right into the Tallac Historic Site (Fallen Leaf Road will be on your left), and when the road forks, stay left. Parking is free but it fills up fast so arrive early or look for street parking.
Baldwin: This is a great beach for families or anyone looking for a low-key day in the sun. Baldwin is wide and spacious, even on the busiest days there is always plenty of room to spread out your beach blanket and plant your umbrella. Another perk of Baldwin Beach is that there are kayak and stand up paddle board rentals available though Kayak Tahoe so you can explore the waters of Lake Tahoe. There are flush toilets, running water and a picnic area. The beach is well maintained by California Land Management.
Getting here: Take Highway 89 North from the “Y” and drive for approximately four miles. Turn right into Baldwin Beach. Parking is $7.
Zephyr Cove: This beach has it all! Check out the sand volleyball courts, go sailing on the Woodwind Cruise, rent a wakeboard boat or just snooze in the sun. No need to even pack a lunch, the Sunset Beach Bar & Grill is posted up right on the beach for convenient lakeside dining and cocktailing. To see the roundup of activities offered at Zephyr Cove, click here. Zephyr Cove Resort is managed by ARAMARK by special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service.
Getting here: Take Highway 50 East approximately four miles east of the Casino Corridor. Parking is $7.
Pack up your sunscreen and your towel and go on a hunt for your favorite beach! For a full list of beaches on the South Shore, visit the Tahoe South website.