Spanning both sides of the California/Nevada State Line, Lake Tahoe is one of the most spectacular lakes in the country. Believed to have been formed during the ice ages approximately 2 million years ago, it is truly a natural wonder. It is here that you will find numerous spectacular beaches. Among them is Baldwin Beach. In fact, many visitors have said this is some of the clearest water in Northern California.

Crystal-clear water, the picturesque shore of Lake Tahoe, and a spectacular mountain backdrop. That’s all you need to get your Baldwin Beach groove on!

Have you been to Baldwin Beach? If so, we’d love to see your photos and hear about your experience at this amazing beach with the clearest water in Northern California.

Does this put you in a “sandy” frame of mind? Then, you’ll never want to leave the 12 dreamiest beaches in all of Northern California.

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What are the best beaches in Northern California?


Northern California beaches may not have the scorching sunny days as our SoCal cousins, but that is just a bonus. The scenic views and laid-back vibe of our beaches in NorCal are still incredible. Here are a few of the best beaches in Northern California to enjoy on a hot summer day:

  • Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, CA: NorCal sure knows how to turn garbage into treasures. This unique beach near MacKerricher State Park was once a dump site, but now Mother Nature has turned the jagged glass into smooth gemstones. The entire beach is a beach glass lover's dream (even though you are not supposed to take any home).
  • Rodeo Beach, Marin County, CA: This cool beach on the west side of the Marin Headlands in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is known for its interesting rock formations and beautiful sunsets. The golden sand as the sun goes down is warm and soft against the cool laying of the ocean as it tickles your toes. In other words, the cool ocean feels pretty good on your hot feet. This delightful beach does not disappoint.
  • Greenwood Beach State Park, Elk, CA: The tiny but lovely town of Elk, California keeps this hidden gem under wraps unless you are in the know. You'll find this secret beach where Greenwood Creek meets the Pacific Ocean. The beautiful turquoise water is so picturesque with large rock formations climbing out of its depths. Nearby Cuffey's Cove is a lovely spot for a picnic.


Of course, there are many beaches in NorCal that are worth a visit. Just around San Francisco itself you'll find these 15 beaches to cool off at in the summer.

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