There are beautiful white-sand beaches dotting the coastline all around the Lake. We’ve listed below some of our favorite beaches near Heavenly Village, but if you feel like a longer drive, there are incredible ones throughout Lake Tahoe, including Kings Beach on the north shore and Meeks Bay Beach on the west shore. Find more information on the beaches listed below and others around the Lake here.
Zephyr Cove Beach – Kristen and Austin’s favorite public beach in the South Lake Tahoe area. The beach, which is about 1/2 mile long and fairly narrow, sits inside Zephyr Cove, making the water warmer than other parts of the lake and great for swimming. The water is also relatively shallow far out from the shore and there are walkable rock formations out in the cove, so it’s great for families and groups alike. The beach is about 5 miles north of Heavenly Village on Highway 50, just south of Warrior Way. There is an $8 parking fee within Zephyr Cove Park, which is easily avoided by parking on the street and walking to the beach, about 100 yards from the road.
Round Hill Pines Beach – Round Hill Pines offers 1/2 mile of sandy beach, but is more about the other amenities, including a swimming pool, tennis, jet ski rentals and the Lakeside Bar & Grill. The beach and marina is about 3 miles north of Heavenly Village on Highway 50. The entrance to the beach is on the left just past the Round Hill Village Shopping Center (where there’s a Safeway) at the top of the hill. There is a $7 parking fee to enter the beach, which sits at the bottom of a long, windy and downhill road.
Nevada Beach – A long and wide sandy beach, Nevada Beach doesn’t offer much other than sand and camping spots. It’s very open, making it especially windy for Tahoe and popular among kiteboarders. There is a $8 fee to park.
Sand Harbor – Likely Lake Tahoe’s most popular beach, Sand Harbor has beautiful white sand, bathrooms with running water and a beachside restaurant. Because of its beauty and accessibility for swimming and water sports (including rentals for kayaks, jet skis, dinghies and paddle boards), the beach gets very crowded in the summer and if you plan on going, you should arrive earlier than later. The beach is about 20 miles north of Heavenly Village, off Highway 28 just south of Incline Village. Often in the summer, there is nighttime entertainment, including the annual Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival on various dates throughout the summer. There is a $10 fee to park, but you may be able to park in the street and walk down to the beach if you beat the masses to roadside parking spots.
Baldwin Beach – One of the last beaches before the road turns north to head up the west side of the Lake, Baldwin Beach sits at the southernmost point on the Lake and offers a lot of sandy coastline and not a lot of shade. The beach is the last in a string of beaches just past the Tahoe Keys, including Kiva Beach and Pope Beach. To get to the beach, head south on Highway 50 from Heavenly Village. Just past downtown South Lake Tahoe, take a right at the large intersection onto Highway 89. Baldwin Beach Road is on the right, about 4 miles from the Highway 89/50 intersection and 9 total miles from Heavenly Village. There is a $5 fee to park, but you may be able to park outside the gate and walk to the beach, about 1/4 mile away.
Secret Cove – About a mile south of downtown Incline Village and a 3/4 mile walk down a dirt fire road, is a clothing-optional beach – if you so choose.