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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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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. Diamond Peak Ski Resort is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

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

      Situated in Incline Village, this golf motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of East Shore Trail, Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park, and Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Sand Harbor and Crystal Bay Casino are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      112 Steam Circle - Luxury Home With hot tub
      112 Steam Circle - Luxury Home With hot tub

      112 Steam Circle - Luxury Home With hot tub

      Incline Village, NV
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          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 Incline Beach and Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park. Diamond Peak Ski Resort and Sand Harbor are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            245 Tramway - low Eleveation Home With hot tub
            245 Tramway - low Eleveation Home With hot tub

            245 Tramway - low Eleveation Home With hot tub

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              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              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. Diamond Peak Ski Resort is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

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                Incline Village, NV
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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