When someone invited me last week to hit the beach at Tahoe, I was reluctant, as weekends at Tahoe beaches can test ones patience with crowds, parking, traffic, etc. They suggested Round Hill Pines, a beach I'd never heard of. What a nice suprise.
First off, this is not a hard to access, out of the way, super private place. But on a Sunday where Sand Harbor and Zephyr Cove were overflowing and required parking on the hiway and hiking a half mile into a zoo, we simply drove right in, parked 50 ft from the beach in the shade of pine trees, and had easy access to the car and a safe parking spot.
The beach is stunning, views unparalleled. The crowd was sufficient to feel like you were somewhere happening, but not overly crowded. Pine trees provided a shade area maybe 50ft from the water, or you can set up camp on lakes edge. Amenities include a pier with rentals for virtually any kind of water toy, jetski, kayaks or beach comfort items. If you rent umbrellas, a guy sets them up for you, digging them into the sand with a power drill.
There's a full service bar right on the beach with a frozen drink specialty called a "Painkiller". Quite tasty on a hot day! They even have waitress service right up to the waters edge! There's a large shaded deck with a grill serving your basic BBQ fare, not bad. There's even a heated, gate swimming pool just off the deck area that guests have access to if the ice cold Tahoe lake water isn't your thing!
The crowd was more family oriented than the "Spring Break" type. Lots of kids. Not a lot of drinking, crazy college kids or teenager. Lake drops off the beach very gradually, lettting you wade out quite a ways before having to start swimming, making it again ideal for kids and families.
Overall a great location, great amenities, easy access. $8 entrance and parking and reasonable food and beverages. Rentals were reasonable as well.
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