One of the reasons tourists love Israel is the many beautiful beaches. Running parallel to the city, Tel Aviv beaches are perfect for a few hours in the sun, to swim, to play sports (don’t miss a game of matkot, Israel’s favorite sport) and relax.
Whether you plan to visit Israel in the summer months or in the winter time, you will find a reason to hang out at Tel Aviv beach, much like the locals do. Go in the summer, and you will enjoy the warm waters of the Mediterranean. Travel in the winter and Tel Aviv beach is perfect for a walk, the best place to catch sunset and charming even on a stormy day. This long stretch of fine sand is divided in various beaches, each of them with their own perks.
What’s best is that Tel Aviv beaches are all incredibly easy to access from the city (you can literally walk there from downtown, and several buses run along the waterfront too); they are usually free; most are equipped so you can rent beds, umbrellas and whatever else you may need for the day. And there are several nice restaurants where you can grab a bite and a drink if you feel like it.
Top this off with a fabulous waterfront that is perfect for running (I have done that myself a bunch of times), biking, skating or even simply walking) and you will see why a day in one of Tel Aviv beaches is a must!
In this post I highlight the best beaches in Tel Aviv, starting from the south of the city and going all the way to the north.
15 Fabulous Tel Aviv Beaches
Givat Aliya Beach
This Tel Aviv beach is located south of Old Jaffa and close to Bat Yam. You can get there via a couple staircases that you will find on Bat Galim Street. It gets a mix crowd of both Jews and Israeli Arabs, and of young people who hang out there on weekdays and families with children who go mostly at weekends.
The promenade above it is truly gorgeous, with ornate arches and palm trees. Not far from it you will find the Peres Center for Peace. If you are the sporty type, you will find a volleyball court on the beach.
Ha’ Maravi Beach (Manta Ray Beach)
Ha’Maravi Beach is known locally as Manta Ray Beach and it is the last stretch of sand before you get to Old Jaffa. There is no doubt that Jaffa Beach is one of the best beaches in Tel Aviv – it surely is one of my favorite beaches in town. First of all, you get impressive views of Old Jaffa and that is a major bonus, especially if you go at sunset.
There are no wave breakers here, so this is a favorite spot for a younger crowd who is keen on surfing. Keep in mind that the lack of wave breakers means the current can get quite strong. Add to this the fact that there is no lifeguard on duty and you get the picture: don’t go in the water unless you are a very good swimmer.
Not far from Ha’ Maravi beach and right before Dolphinarium beach, Alma Beach is a nice stretch of sand where you won’t find sunbeds or lifeguards on duty. As it is close to Jaffa, this is a favorite hangout for people living in that neighborhood, who often come on weekends to barbecue and party in the park right above it.
This is one of the best beaches in Tel Aviv for dog owners, as there is a specific area designated for them to roam about undisturbed.
Dolphinarium Beach (Hof HaTofim)
Despite the lack of any proper facilities (there’s not even a kiosk), the presence of a surfing club right on the sand is enough to make this one of the best Tel Aviv beaches for a younger crowd. It’s the kind of place where you can expect to see people playing hula hoops, belly dancing, playing drums (there is a drum festival every Friday!) and the like – so not exactly a quiet place. But it has a really cool vibe, so it is definitely worth checking out.
This is one of my favorite Tel Aviv beaches. It is next to Dolphinarium in case you want to catch some action there, but this one is a bit quieter. You will find a beach volleyball court as well as sunbeds and chairs to relax; there is a restaurant and a bar where you can catch a drink (Clara Beach Bar is actually known to be one of the best party places in Tel Aviv) and it is just about the best place in Tel Aviv to catch sunset. It’s easy to see why it is a favorite of both locals and tourists.
Jerusalem (Geula) Beach
Jerusalem Beach well deserves a mention among Tel Aviv beaches. It’s easy to reach and easy to access from the promenade (there even is wheelchair access), it’s located in front of the hotel strip and since there are wave breakers it is one of the best beaches in town if you enjoy swimming. It’s also a popular place to play matkot.
The fitness area, lifeguard and supervisors on duty, showers and lockers are all added bonuses to ensure you have a perfect stay.
GOOD TO KNOW: As this beach is meant to be for swimmers, surfing is not allowed.
Right by Trumpeldor Street you will find this lovely beach which has a truly relaxed atmosphere. You won’t really find any sort of services so you have to bring your own towel and drinks – but keep in mind the nearby beaches are well equipped.
You will recognize Bograshov Beach by the cool buildings right on it. It is one of the most popular Tel Aviv beaches, especially at weekends. So, if you want to get an idea of what the city is all about, be sure to go there. It can get extremely busy – but busy also means fun in this city. Close to the beach there are many nice restaurants and bars where you can grab a bite and a drink.
TIP: If you are after some delicious food, head to the Thai House on the corner of Bograshov. Be sure to book in advance as it is always packed.
This beach is right next to Bograshov and also in front of Dan Tel Aviv Hotel, the colorful iconic building you may have seen in many photos, which is one of the best hotels in town (the views are truly unbeatable). As it is right in front of the hotels, this beach can get really busy in the summer months.
The beach is fully equipped with anything you may need for a perfect day.
You don’t have to worry about carrying an umbrella as you can rent that directly on the beach, together with sunbeds. There also is a lifeguard on duty, and first aid if you even get stung by a jellyfish. Bathrooms are available so you don’t have to walk into one of the nearby restaurants.
For the sporty ones there is a beach volleyball court and a fitness trail, not to mention the chance to play matkot.
The water is nice and shallow to begin with, so it is the perfect place to go if you have small children.
Gordon Beach is where you will find the legendary Gordon Pool – truly one of the coolest pools you can ever hope to swim in. It’s a 50 meters long open air pool with salt water, perfect for swimming and with an abundance of umbrellas and sunbeds and an international as well as local crowd.
The beach itself gets quite busy in the summer, as it is very central and located right in front of the strip of hotels. It is well equipped with sunbeds, umbrellas and whatever else you may need for a relaxing day. There is a lifeguard on duty, a volleyball courts and a fitness trail. You can rent SUP and kayaks on the nearby marina. And if you want a bite, there are plenty of eateries nearby.
Hilton Beach (dog)
Known to be the best gay Tel Aviv beach, Hilton Beach is a cool place to spend your day whatever your sexual preferences.
Located in front of Hilton Tel Aviv Hotel, the beach can be accessed from Metzizim Beach and it is wheelchair accessible too. You will find sunbeds and chairs, volleyball courts, and a lifeguard on duty. It’s popular among surfers and it’s one of the most dog-friendly Tel Aviv beaches, as dogs can roam around freely and even get in the water as they please.
The Sea Center Place on Hilton Beach is the place to go if you want to learn how to surf, windsurf or want to go kayaking.
How ironic that a religious beach is found right next to a gay one – this is the beauty of Tel Aviv, a fabulous melting pot of peoples and cultures.
Religious Beach is the only Tel Aviv beach entirely meant for the most religious communities in town. It is surrounded by walls so that nobody can spy on whoever is inside, and designated days for men and women use. Religious people won’t go to the beach on Shabbat, so others can enjoy the beach then.
Mezizim Beach has the same name of one of the restaurants you will find right on it. This is one of the best beaches in Tel Aviv located close to Tel Aviv Port (one of the most fun places to hang out in town, in both summer and winter), right after Religious Beach. You will find a playground and shallow waters, which make it perfect for families with children; toilet facilities; sunbeds and umbrellas; a bar serving food; and a very chilled atmosphere.
Tel Baruch Beach
Tel Baruch is one of the best beaches in Tel Aviv for families with children – which is a nice welcome change considering this part of town was burdened with criminality and prostitution until not long ago. It’s located a bit north of the center, so unless you have a car it’s not the easiest one to reach. The good news is that there a lot of parking space nearby. You will have to pay a small fee to get in – though the beach is completely free for Tel Aviv residents.
The beach is equipped with a fitness area and a nice restaurant.
Similarly to Tel Baruch, this beach is only free for Tel Aviv residents and you will need a car to get there. The lack of wave breakers make it a great place to catch some wave (the other side of the coin is that it is not ideal for swimming).
A Few Tips To Enjoy Tel Aviv Beaches
The sun can be really strong in Israel and the last thing you need is getting sunburnt as that will ruin your vacation. Make sure to apply sunscreen before going to the beach – dermatologists usually recommend to apply it around 20 minutes before sun exposure and to reapply it every couple of hours and any time after you swim. I recommend a high factor one and – if you hate getting all sticky from the lotion like I do – something that as a dry finish such as this one.
Pick up your garbage
Things have improved a lot in recent years and Tel Aviv beaches are much cleaner than they used to be, but you will find the occasional trash here and there. Make sure to do your bit and use the many trash bins scattered along the beach or – if you can’t find any – pack up your trash and bring it home with you. The same goes for cigarette buts – hey, have I told you that you should quit smoking already?
Don’t bring any valuables
Tel Aviv beaches are the favorite playground of local pickpockets. I can’t even remember how many of my friends have had their phone, wallet or bag stolen. You need to be especially careful if you go to the beach by yourself. So, here are two tips:
- Don’t bring anything valuable to the beach;
- Befriend your beach neighbors and ask them to look after your stuff if you decide to go for a quick swim;
- Use the lockers – most of the beaches mentioned in this post have lockers where you can store your valuables.
A friend of mine goes as far as actually burying his stuff in the sand whenever he goes swimming (he packs it up in a plastic bag, digs a whole and then place his towel above it) but I honestly don’t recommend doing this!
Watch out for jellyfish
Jellyfish (medusot in Hebrew) are a real issue in Tel Aviv beaches, especially in July and August which are the hottest months. You really can’t do anything about it, and I certainly do not recommend fishing them out of the water and killing them as some still like doing: that is an irresponsible practice. The only recommendation I have is to simply stay out of water then there is jellyfish. For more recommendations on what to do in case you get stung or to prevent it, you may want to read this.
Be respectful of other people
Tel Aviv beaches can get very crowded in the summer months and there will be people who listen to loud music, play ball games and lift a lot of sand or hit you with the ball and in general be annoying. Just make sure not to be that kind of person!
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