Israel's beaches are more than just a place to lay out and tan. Hitting the sand is a lifestyle - where friends meet, families frolic and gym rats get fit. It’s a nexus of Israeli life, buzzing every day of the week. With access to four seas: the Mediterranean Sea, the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea and the Red Sea, each of the beaches in Israel offers a distinct experience. Here's your guide to the country's coastline, including the legendary beaches in Tel Aviv.
Must-visit beaches in Israel
This most peculiar body of water is located at the lowest point on the face of the earth (approximately 422 meters below sea level). Its extremely high salt concentration (33.7%!) makes it one of the saltiest seas on the planet. The Dead Sea is also chockfull of skin-friendly therapeutic minerals that reputedly combat the effects of aging and skin ailments. Pack your beach bag and head to the popular Kalia Beach, which has changing rooms, showers, lounge chairs, shady areas, a snack bar and a lifeguard. Indulge in a free mud bath, and slather yourself with the gooey mineral mud from head to toe for a great photo op.
Walking along Apollonia beach grants visitors the opportunity to look up at ancient ruins and out at the Mediterranean's crystal clear waters. With upgraded walking paths and stunning coastal cliff views, this beach is a perfect escape just minutes from Tel Aviv. For a family fun day or a romantic sunset stroll, Apollonia National Park is guaranteed to get you living like the kings and queens that used to reign over this ancient gem of a beach
Gordon Beach boasts volleyball courts and a lovely saltwater swimming pool, surrounded by lawns to lounge on. On the boardwalk you’ll find a myriad of restaurants serving huge portions of classics like Israeli breakfast, fresh fish, sandwiches and a huge array of salads. After sundown, various outdoor beach bars provide sun-burnt partiers with some afterhours fun with DJs, drinks and dancing.
Don’t be turned off by the entrance fee, this beautifully maintained beach is worth every shekel. Bora Bora’s proprietors have invested heavily to create a perfect entertainment experience. Two levels of shaded seating, on the water or the terrace, with genuine and synthetic grass at your feet, comfortable sofas, a loop of Santana and Dire Straits, two bars and food that’s fresh, pampering and surprising. The beach provides clean showers and restrooms all day long and is open from early morning until the wee hours so that it’s suitable for families and couples, social events (including water sports and more) and happenings for the partying set.
Palmachim is not the biggest beach nor does it have any facilities beyond a lifeguard, a few sun shelters and public toilets, however, what it lacks in facilities it makes up for with unparalleled beauty. With stunning low cliffs to the south and picturesque views of Tel Aviv to the north, Palmachim Beach is a secluded escape close to it all. With plenty of room for beach sports as well as ample opportunities to find that quiet sandy spot. Pack a picnic and enjoy a stunning sunset accompanied by the serenity of this magical spot.
From day to night, Mosh’s Beach is the hottest beach spot in Eilat. With multiple restaurants and the finest beach service, this beach is where all visitors should head when looking for a beach escape in Eilat. Facing the Jordan mountains and sitting meters from the Red Sea, Mosh’s Beach truly is a romantic and unique getaway. With a beautiful sea, tasty food, and awesome music, Mosh’s is the place to head for an all around amazing experience in Eilat.
Along with the gay scene, Hilton Beach has also captured the niche water-sports market. The Sea Centre Club offers windsurfing and kayaking classes, with special lessons for beginners and children. With a host of restaurants offering varied beach food, Hilton beach is perfect for a day or night-time chill-out, summer or winter.
Just 50 km north of Tel Aviv, next to the ancient city of Caesarea, lays the calm and surprisingly quiet Aqueduct Beach. With its stunning historical aqueduct framing its soft sand, this beach is as unique as it is beautiful. Free of bustling restaurants and bars, the beach is relatively untouched, granting visitors an extremely relaxing visit.
With artifacts dating back to the second millennium BCE, visitors to Achziv Beach will be greeted with soft sand and rich history. As a dedicated national park, this protected area provides the perfect opportunity to relax on the beach while also exploring some historical ruins
With soft-shelled turtles as a common sight as well as stunning coastal views, Beit Yanai Beach is a one of Israel's most spectacular beaches. Run by the Israel Parks and Nature Authority, this special beach is kept immaculate with clean and modern facilities. If you are looking to get out of the city, Beit Yanai is the perfect escape just 20 minutes from Tel Aviv.