Sun: Sun is usually very important when going to the beach. After having been to a fair share of beaches around the Lake, I can confidently say that the Tahoe South has the best beaches for sun. The beaches get amazing afternoon sun and the sunsets are incredible!
Sand: Some might think sand is a given when going to the beach. But with so many beach options, did you ever think you could select a beach by the type of sand? Around Lake Tahoe, we have rock beaches, fine sand beaches, coarse sand beaches, dirt-like beaches. My favorite sand is coarse sand, the type that you can bury your toes in, mold your own seat, and easily brush off. If this sounds like you, I’d recommend Nevada Beach or Baldwin Beach.
Scenery: Mountains at the beach? Who would’ve thought that you could have the best of both worlds on one strip of land? Lake Tahoe is very unique in that it has pine trees growing out of sandy beaches, and beaches that look out upon a gorgeous mountain range. And the sunsets are extra special! Stunning pinky-oranges light up the water as the sun sets behind the mountains on the West Shore.
Sunscreen: Last but certainly not least, sunscreen. Don’t leave the house without it and reapply every 2-3 hours. Even if you normally “brown,” you need sunscreen. The lake sits at 6,224 feet (1,897 m), “in the summertime, you can get anywhere from 40 percent to 50 percent greater sun intensity than at sea level,” according to Reuters Health. So wear your sunscreen! And stay hydrated.
Side note: There are several dog friendly beaches in South Lake Tahoe, like Kiva Beach and part of Nevada Beach. Please make sure to follow all posted signs and clean up after your pup.