Easy access in the heart of Tahoe City, and plenty of options for takeout food from a number of restaurants nearby, Commons Beach is a locals favorite. An added bonus is a playground for the kids!
Sugar Pine Point
Right off the bike path on the West Shore, Sugar Pine Point is a hidden gem. You can enjoy the crystal blue waters of the West Shore and quiet beach away from the crowds. The area is a designated State Park
Located in Kings Beach, this fine sand beach offers maximum sun with little tree shelter – so be sure to bring your umbrella. Moondunes offers calm and shallow waters great for kids, and plenty of Kings Beach restaurants are a short drive away. There is also a Safeway nearby in case you forget ice to chill your beers.
If you haven’t ridden the new bike path along the East Shore, do yourself a favor and do it now. One of the most breathtaking bike paths in the country (ok, maybe we’re biased), it meanders along the lake for 3 miles. You can pack your lunch and head down to Hidden Beach, which used to have terrible access, but with the new bike path it’s a quick, easy jaunt to get there. The beach looks like something out of the Caribbean with the white sand, granite boulders, and turquoise waters.
Anywhere along the Truckee River
Take a cruise on your bike or walk along the Truckee River bike path and find a quiet rock or beach to set up camp. The dogs also love this spot to swim and cool off.