The utilitarian character of fetchingly picturesque Kings Beach lies in its smattering of back-to-basics retro motels all lined up along the highway (and belies the fact that the town has some of the area's best restaurants). This 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 all eyes are on Kings Beach State Recreation Area, a seductive 700ft-long beach that often gets deluged with sunseekers and leashed dogs. Further inland, the nostalgic 1920s Old Brockway Golf Course is a quick par-36, nine-hole diversion with peekaboo lake views from along pine-tree-lined fairways where Hollywood celebs hobnobbed back in the day. For drop-in yoga, Zumba and jazzercise classes, check the schedule of the lakeside North Tahoe Event Center.