Summer means beach time at Lake Tahoe

There are plenty of hidden coves and large public beaches within a few miles from The Ridge Tahoe. Soak in the rays as you take in the panoramic views of the towering mountain peaks that surround Lake Tahoe. Here are 10 of our favorite Tahoe South beach hot-spots listed alphabetically because we can’t pick a favorite!

The Tahoe South beaches are great even after the sun goes down.
The Tahoe South beaches are great even after the sun goes down.
  1. Camp Richardson: Miles of sandy beaches await Camp Rich beachcombers, where everything from Jet Ski and power boat, to paddle boat and kayaks are available for rent. Everyone will enjoy relaxing on the long stretch of Lake Tahoe beach, and enjoy the swimming area. Want to soar on or above the water? There’s a waterski school and parasailing. Want to relax with a burger and cold beverage beachside? There’s the Beacon Bar & Grill, home of the famous Rum Runner.
  2. El Dorado Beach: Home of Thursday night’s Live at Lakeview, El Dorado Beach is the largest beach area in South Lake Tahoe. It is the place to go for large picnics and barbecues, launching your boat, renting a paddleboard, viewing the lake, or simply to relax. There’s a nice bike trail that runs alongside, with a picnic area that includes tables and grills, restrooms, and two parking lots.
  3. Kiva Beach: Known as South Tahoe’s “hidden jewel” Kiva is a secluded beach in a wide crescent with a meadow just behind it and sits across am incredible Sierra Nevada back drop. Kiva Beach is accessible by trail that winds through the national forest between the shoreline and Highway 89/Emerald Bay Road. Dogs are ok on a leash. Restrooms, picnic facilities, fire pits/barbecue grills are available onsite.
  4. Lakeside Beach: One of the finest sand beaches on the entire Lake on the South/East Shore is privately owned by Lakeside Park Association. Lakeside Beach provides a lifeguard in summer season to overlook a protected swim area. Paddle boats and kayak are the order of the day, but so is stand up paddle boarding and people watching.
  5. Nevada Beach: Minutes away from The Ridge Tahoe, Nevada Beach provides sunbathing and swimming. Nearby, the 2.6-mile Lam Wa Tah Trail traverses the perimeter of the lake, providing scenic views and opportunities for exploration.
  6. Pope Beach: Nestled in the pines, Pope Beach has good protection from the wind and parking that runs the length of the beach, making it a great place for families. There is a $5 parking fee. There are restrooms, picnic tables, and standing barbecues.
  7. Regan Beach: A little more secluded than nearby El Dorado Beach, Regan Beach is a couple of blocks down Lakeview Avenue at Sacramento Avenue and has restrooms, handicapped restrooms, picnic facilities, a snack bar, volleyball, and playground. Regan is the place to go to have a quiet picnic, launch your kayak, or just relax and take in the views. This beautiful setting, the grassy knoll, overlooking Lake Tahoe is available for rent and is ideal for weddings.
  8. Round Hill Pines Beach Resort: Also near The Ridge is Round Hill Pines Beach and Marina where you can climb aboard a Sports Sea Doo Jet Ski, soar above the water on a parasail or kick back, have a barbecue, swim, play volleyball and work on your tan. Day parking is $8 but that buys you enough beach activities to pack in a day. Don’t forget the ice chest and sunscreen.
  9. Timber Cove: This smaller public beach is adjacent to water sport rentals and a restaurant with one of the best views on the lake, The Boathouse. Bring your family, beach gear and enjoy a great meal on the lake without driving to another location.
  10. Zephyr Cove: The sandy beach and pine tree-covered shores along Zephyr Cove are world-famous for its activities both on and off the water. Directly from its sandy, pine-tree covered shores, you can take the flight of a lifetime on a parasailing adventure, test your water skiing and wakeboarding skills behind a speedboat – or just relax and let the gentle breezes and endless sunshine on a mile-long private beach.

What’s your favorite Tahoe South beach?

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