While July might be one of the busiest months in North Tahoe, there are countless reasons for so many people wanting to spend their summer days here. From hiking tree-lined trails to kayaking over crystal blue water to lakeside outdoor concerts to taking in the beauty of the sunset over Lake Tahoe, there’s so much to do all day, every day, all summer long! July means that the halfway point of summer is already here and it’s time to finish making your summer plans. There are still lots of lazy summer days on the horizon just waiting to be spent in Tahoe. And, what better way to spend a sunny Tahoe day, but on one of the gorgeous beaches that dot the shoreline of Lake Tahoe. Read on for some of our favorites.

Tahoe Vista/Carnelian Bay

Photo: Garwoods

While Moon Dune Beach may attract a crowd because of its gorgeous white sand and beautiful views, it remains one of our favorite places to spend the day. Make your way to Tahoe Vista early to grab one of the limited parking spots along the highway. You’ll have to leave your 4-legged friend at home and make sure you bring your own water and snacks for your relaxing day at the beach. 

For those of you that do want your furry friend to enjoy some lake time, the closest beach that allows dogs is Carnelian West Beach. You can also enjoy a picnic lunch or a sunset dinner because this beach has picnic tables and BYO charcoal barbeques for public use. Or, after a day at this beach, head over to Garwoods for one of their famous Wet Woody cocktails. Cheers!

Tahoe City

Photo: Eagle Rock looking towards Tahoe City

We’ve mentioned this beach numerous times in our blog because there really is something for everyone here…it’s right there in its name. Commons Beach is a four-acre beach park located in the heart of downtown Tahoe City. Bring the whole family for a day of fun, enjoying the children’s playgrounds, grassy lawns and swimming area. You can even bring your bikes to ride along the Lakeside Trail. Or, better yet, make plans to visit on a Sunday evening to enjoy the free weekly concert. Don’t forget your cooler and favorite beach chair.

West Shore

Photo: Evan Waterhouse at Sugarpine State Park

If your summer vacation plans include a relaxing and scenic stay on Lake Tahoe’s west shore, you have some fantastic beach options. Let’s start at the small public beach next to Chambers Landing. While there are no services, you can enjoy some time sunbathing and swimming before walking over the Chambers Landing to enjoy a lakeside lunch or an evening beverage.

For those that like to break a sweat during their day of lakeside relaxation, Sugar Pine Point State Park is a “trailhead” for standup paddle boarding and kayaking along the Lake Tahoe Water Trail as well as a hiking trailhead for the many miles of hiking trails in the park. Or better yet, plan