Beach sights in Sierra Nevada
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Heading northeast of Tahoe City, Hwy 28 takes you to a string of twee, low-key towns, many on superb sandy beaches, with reasonably priced motels and hotels. It rolls into Nevada at Crystal Bay and continues south along the eastern shore.
En route, Tahoe Vista has more public beaches (six) than any other lake town, including small but pretty Moon Dune Beach with firepits and picnic tables across from the Rustic Cottages and the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area with a small grassy area and marina.
The utilitarian character of Kings Beach belies the fact that it has some of the area's best restaurants. The town is one of the more ethnically diverse lakeshore communities with a large Latino population, many of whom work in the tourism industry around Lake Tahoe. In summer much of the action focuses on Kings Beach State Recreation Area, a 700ft-long beach that often gets deluged with sun-seekers and water rats. Concessions rent kayaks, jet skis and paddleboats.
Tahoe City has no outstanding swimming beaches, although Commons Beach was recently redesigned as a small, attractive park with sandy and grassy areas as well as picnic benches, barbecues, and a climbing rock and playground for kids.