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Sand Harbor

Highway 28, Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park, Incline Village, NV 89452
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Type: Beaches
Activities: Scuba diving, Swimming, Kayaking
Description: Rocky coves and boulders to jump off of are the primary features of this beach.
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Santa Clara, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Sand Harbor is exquisite. Parking is expensive $12. Save your money and take the East Shore Express (Blue Go shuttle) for $3 round trip.

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New Jersey
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This was the most beautiful beach on Lake Tahoe that we went to. The view from the lake was gorgeous. The sand was soft and clean and the lake was crystal clear. There were also facilities to use. The downside is the cost, $12. But I think it is worth it if you are planning on spending most of the... More

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San Jose, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

I found this the most beautiful public beach at north tahoe. The main issue is that it's crowded most of the summer and it's hard to find parking. One idea is to go after 5pm or so when some people have left. There are still a few good hours left for summer to enjoy the rest of daylight with less... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

The only thing I did not like was the $12.00 admission to the park. However, in all fairness, I can see why there is a charge. The park is in pristine condition with a restaurant, gift shop and very nice, clean restrooms. The view is spectacular, while the water is clear and clean. There are rentals available for the sports... More

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New York City, New York
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67 reviews 67 reviews
41 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a lovely park with multiple well-maintained beaches in sheltered coves, kayak rentals, rocks to play on, beautiful views, ample picnic areas (sheltered and not), a few trails to lookout points, parking lots set apart from the beaches, public bathrooms, a snack bar, and so on. Plus, during the summers there's also Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival performing on a... More

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Norwell, Massachusetts
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88 reviews 88 reviews
22 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We went to Sand Harbor by boat. The water was so clear that we didn't have any trouble finding an anchorage spot even though there were a lot of visible rocks in the area. We dropped anchor near a rock pile that was great for climbing. The water looked to be about 6' deep in the area but we found... More

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Mountain View, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I have been many places in the world, But Lake Tahoe always draws me in. And Sand Harbor is the gem inside a gem. Great beach, typical beach food from the club house but with very slow service. Parking can be an issue so beware. So get there before 9:30am or get there at 3pm after the first wave leaves... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It is sooo different. Best sand in Tahoe(there really is a difference) it's several small coves with big boulders scattered throughout. Fee charged for entry. you MUST arrive early, when the parking lot is full they close entry until some become available. When we left around noon the entry was closed until 3pm. It is perfect for small children. There... More

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Frederick, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is a fantastic beach/park. Lots of parking, beach space, and bathrooms. The grill was fantastic. didn't expect them to have beer and drinks. that was a big plus. it is a fabulous place for a day trip. Get there early! We didn't stay long (maybe 1pm) and when we left, the park was at capacity and closed to new... More

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Fair Oaks, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We recently went to Sand Harbor looking for a Tahoe beach that had a good mix of sandy beach, people, swimming area, kayak/paddleboard rentals, and interesting areas to explore by water. This beach had it all, plus a restaurant and snack bar, gift shop, small museum and plenty of walking trails. The only warning is that it does get crowded.... More

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