Tel Aviv beaches
All of the Tel Aviv west side is one long beach which is divided into beaches
named according to the hotel or street nearby. Here is the list of the
beaches from North to South.
Hof Hatzuk - is the only beach that is not free but requires an entrance fee -
accordingly it has very good facilities. It is in a north part of Tel Aviv and you
cannot reach it by foot from the center.
Sheraton Hotel used to be there - now this beach is called more often
Metzitzim because of the legendary movie with Arik Einstein and Uri Zohar
and also because Sheraton Hotel is now more to the South near Gordon
Street - it is a bit confusing :-) The showers and the toilets have been
recently refurbished so they are quite nice. There is also a beach bar
called Metzitizim open in the evening too and a new children playground.
The Separated Beach (the Religious beach) on the left side of Metzitzim (if
you face the sea) is located the separated beach which is designated for
the use of the orthodox religious people and there are days for men only
and days for women only - However on Saturday it is a nice beach opened
to everybody as the religious people are not allowed to go to the beach
anyway on Saturdays. Also if you like to get a topless suntan you can go
there in the women only days - they don' t mind at least they didn't last time I
tried (a few years ago)
Atzmout Beach (The Gay beach) between the separated
beach and Hilton beach right under the Atzmout Park on the hill there is a
narrow strip that is kind of gay and dogs beach :-) no offense - dogs are
allowed as it is not an organised beach and gays just chose to meet there ...
Hilton beach - The best beach if you like to swim in wave less sea - on the
left part of the breakwater there is a pool like sea where you can enjoy
swimming - just beware of the kayaks, boats and surfboards that are
heading to sea from there. There is a beach bar - restaurant called Topsy
Gordon Swimming Pool - newly renovated in a minimalist modern style on a
wooden deck and with open view to the sea and the Marina. Still the same
cold salty water coming the depth of the sea. Opening hours Sunday to
Thursday from 6 AM to 7 PM, Friday from 6 AM to 6 PM Saturday from 8 AM
to 6 PM
pricey and not recommended - 1 shekel fee for the toilets that are
reasonable clean - there is a Ben & Jerry Ice cream stand where you can
have a nice refreshment. The beach bar decorated in Orange and white is
nice if you like to watch the sunset with a cocktail in your hand:
Lalaland café, bar right there on the beach nice for sunset drinks and
Gym on the beach Gordon Beach
beautiful and clean beach with nice beach beds. It is lovely to spend the
morning there and than cross the Yarkon street for lunch or breakfast at
Café Mezada. I just did this lately on a Friday morning and I felt like a tourist
The southern beaches - all the way south until Jaffa there are mostly the
same - I would like to mention Banana Beach Bar that is a bit souther from
the Opera Tower and is a nice place to sit on the beach and have a drink in
a sloppy atmosphere.
Drums beach - on the back of the Dolfinarium complex that BTW is a place
where you don't want to be - very neglected and poorly looking - a beach
and a pub where every Friday there are drummers sessions at sunset. -
you can also sit at Chinky Beach Bar next to it for drinks.
Lonely Planet" ranks Tel Aviv's beach 7th
after Rio de Janeiro and Sydney.
"Lonely Planet" has included Tel Aviv as one of the
world's top ten beach cities. The travel guide ranks Tel
Aviv's beach in seventh place, saying that the city is the
"total flipside" of Jerusalem.
"Tel Aviv is the total flipside of Jerusalem, a modern Sin
City on the sea rather than an ancient Holy City on a hill.
When the weather is warm Tel Avivans flock en masse to
the city beaches. You’ll find young and old soaking up
the Mediterranean rays, kitesurfing and knocking back
and forth little rubber balls during friendly matches of
matkot. The beaches are safe and clean, and there are
changing rooms and freshwater showers scattered along
its length. The main beaches are packed with people
most days, especially on Saturdays, when the crowds
descend to pick a prime spot. Get here early," Lonely
Tel Aviv's beach topped Dubai, Miami, and Brighton.
Barcelona ranked number one, followed by Cape Town,
Rio de Janeiro, Tangier, Sydney, and Valencia.
In October 2012, Lonely Planet mentioned the Negev as
one of the top ten sites worth visiting in 2013. Tel Aviv
has previously earned similar flattering mentions. Two
years ago, it was included in the top ten hottest cities
worth visiting. "Lonely Planet" cited the city's choice of
entertainment ventures and unique character.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.
globes-online.com - on January 20, 2013