Lake Tahoe has over 70 miles of shoreline, but only a small percentage of it is actual sandy beach. A majority of the lake is privately owned, or too rugged to even find a place to sit. Beaches are at a premium, but what there is is choice. However that also makes them very popular places to hang out. On hot summer days it can sometimes be hard to even find parking for one of Tahoe’s beaches, much less a place to plant your beach umbrella. In the fall and winter, Tahoe beaches are much less crowded and the wind has calmed down, making them perfect locations for a picnic.
Sand Harbor, home to Lake Tahoe's Shakespeare Festival, is probably the most beautiful of the beaches in Lake Tahoe. It has plenty of parking, shade, swimming beaches, a boat launch and a beach specifically for SCUBA divers called Diver's Cove. For some smaller beaches, head to Kiva Beach, Pope Beach or Commons Beach in Tahoe City. Kings Beach is great for catching a parasail ride or for renting a kayak and Lester Beach in D.L. Bliss State Park has a wonderful, clear blue bay where you can jump off the rocks and enjoy the sunshine.