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Sand Harbor

Swim, hike, scuba dive, go boating or simply lounge on the shore and enjoy the stunning views at this stretch of sandy beaches.

Sand Harbor offers quiet coves for lazing on the beach and stunning nature that will inspire you to get active in the outdoors. Either way, you’ll be surrounded by some of Lake Tahoe’s most spectacular scenery.

This area has an interesting Native American history and was the headquarters for a timber company in the 1880s. The wealthy George Whittell Jr. acquired the area along with other lakeside locations in the 1930s and built the still-standing Thunderbird Lodge at Sand Harbor. This bay became part of the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park in the 1960s.

Start at the Sand Harbor Visitor Center to get information about the area and maps. Sand Harbor has numerous trails through the pine and cedar forest, including the Memorial Point Trail. This short walk takes you to picturesque Memorial Point, with stops at peaceful beaches along the way. To get a good view of Lake Tahoe, try the easy Sand Point Nature Trail with interpretive signs. In summer, cool off with a swim or, if you brought scuba gear, a shore dive in the crystal-clear water. Afterwards, enjoy a picnic lunch while taking in the views of the lake and mountain backdrop.

The area is quieter in winter but equally beautiful. Explore the park during a free guided hike with a ranger. Sand Harbor is also home to the world-renowned Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, held annually in July and August. This is your chance to enjoy classic theater in an incredible setting.

Sandy Harbor is located in North Tahoe near Incline Village on the Nevada side of the lake. Come early on weekends and during the height of summer, as parking spots can be hard to come by as it gets later. There are two boat ramps, a gift shop and a snack bar. Lifeguards are on patrol during the peak summer season. No bottles are allowed in waterfront areas. The park closes at night.


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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino $132
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino

111 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, NV
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Offering direct access to the beach, this Incline Village resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park. Tahoe Institute for Natural Science and East Shore Trail are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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    Beautiful Family and Entertaining Home 112SC by RedAwning

    Beautiful Family and Entertaining Home 112SC by RedAwning

    112 Steam Circle, Incline Village, NV
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Incline Village, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of East Shore Trail and Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park. Sand Harbor is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

      Parkside Inn at Incline $119
      Parkside Inn at Incline

      Parkside Inn at Incline

      1003 Tahoe Boulevard (SR 28), Incline Village, NV
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Incline Village, this golf motel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Diamond Peak Ski Resort and Sand Harbor. Kings Beach State Recreation Area and Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe are also within 12 mi (20 km).

        Twin Top Lodge
        Twin Top Lodge

        Twin Top Lodge

        1615 Pinecone Circle, Incline Village, NV
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Offering direct access to the beach, this Incline Village vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of East Shore Trail and Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park. Sand Harbor is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

          Twin Top Lodge White Sand Beach, Buoy
          Twin Top Lodge White Sand Beach, Buoy

          Twin Top Lodge White Sand Beach, Buoy

          Incline Village, NV
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of East Shore Trail and Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park. Sand Harbor is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

            Hyatt Residence Club Lake Tahoe, High Sierra Lodge $229
            Hyatt Residence Club Lake Tahoe, High Sierra Lodge

            Hyatt Residence Club Lake Tahoe, High Sierra Lodge

            989 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park. Tahoe Institute for Natural Science and East Shore Trail are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Fool Around House
              Fool Around House

              Fool Around House

              1059 Mill Creek Rd, Incline Village, NV
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Incline Village, this cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park. Diamond Peak Ski Resort is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

                Fool Around House
                Fool Around House

                Fool Around House

                1059 Mill Creek Rd, Incline Village, NV
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Incline Village, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park. Diamond Peak Ski Resort is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.