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Pope Beach

Highway 89, South Lake Tahoe, CA
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Type: Beaches
Activities: Sunbathing, Swimming
Description: Wide sandy beach, popular with families.
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Nashville, Tennessee
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We spent about 3 hours on the beach late afternoon. The water is cold (about 68 F) but the sand is clean except for a few pine needles. The view of sailboats racing the lake can be breathtaking. There are clean bathrooms and ample parking near by. Parking is $8.

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Houston, Texas
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44 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

On our last day in Lake Tahoe we decided to find a beach other than El Dorado which was where we had been the whole time. I am so glad we found Pope Beach! There is a fee per car to get in, but it is well worth it. I like the fact that it is a real beach with... More

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a nice beach, but it can get very crowded. You need to go early and get a good spot during the summer months. They charge for car parking, but if you rent a bike or have a bike you can get in for free and enjoy a relaxing day on the sand and water.

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Roseville, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

A break from the heat, lovely scenery, fun place to play, great shopping and sporting activities, nightlife!

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63 reviews 63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We had a great time spending the day at Pope Beach while on vacation in Tahoe. The kids enjoyed it much more than Meeks Bay, which is where we'd been previously. They liked that the shoreline was sandy and not all rocky like at Meeks Bay. The bathrooms were very nice and clean. It wasn't too crowded on a weekday... More

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Farmington, Connecticut
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135 reviews 135 reviews
25 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Stopped here twice. Once for the sunset, it was great, and once the next day for the beach, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding. A nice long sandy beach with parking right next to it. In the evening the tourists are gone and locals come with food and music to enjoy it. Do it if you get the chance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

Such a great place to day camp! There was an $8 fee at the entrance, once in there was plenty of parking and a very close walk from the car to the beach. There is a lot of shade and lots of picnic tables which was nice considering we didn't bring an ex-up on this trip. Closr, clean bathrooms are... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Loud music and crowded. Perhaps a good time if you are into that. I go for a bit more of a relaxing time. I went to the free beach down the way.

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

great beach at Lake Tahoe, has picnic tables, BBQ, food truck, rentals and restrooms. great fun for the family, great place for parties!!!

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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The beach is absolutely stunning. 360 views of the mountains, trees and beach ahead. Traveled with 3 couples and a 9 month old baby on 4th of July weekend. This beach was not too crowded (surprisingly-- for the holiday weekend!) and was perfect for us to hang out all day by the water. We brought our canopy and our tubes,... More

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