Whether you wear an incy wincy bikini, swimsuit, trunks or kinky wetsuit you will want to know the Best Beaches in Tel Aviv. This post is dedicated to just that – giving you the lowdown of each of the best beaches without getting a grain of sand in your eyes…..Firstly some general information so you don’t get caught off-guard (or with a lifeguard 🙂
♦There are nearly nine glorious miles of Mediterranean coastline in Tel Aviv consisting of 16 beaches stretching from Tel Aviv to Jaffa.
♦ The long well-maintained promenade runs alongside the western seashore (Gordon Beach to Jaffa) and is ideal for a leisurely walk whilst taking in the wonderful views. There is also a bike lane for those of you feeling the need to peddle with the traffic. Plenty or seating is available, be it benches or comfortable curved stones on decking where you can rest and breath in the sea air.
♦ Sunbeds, sun chairs and shades are for rent. The charges range from 12 to 30 NIS for a bed and around 6NIS for a shade per day. If you prefer you can join some of the locals by bringing a large beach towel or throw to place directly on the sand. Although this is a cheaper option, it is not the most comfortable solution on a crowded beach.
♦ It is strictly forbidden to bring glass vessels to any of the beaches for obvious reasons. Should you wish to drink alcohol then do transfer it into a plastic bottle. Shake up your cocktails in a plastic container before you reach the beach and buy canned versions of soft drinks. Heavy fines are applied if you get caught. An easier ( but more expensive) alternative is to order drinks on the beach from one of the many obliging waiters who will serve you drink & food at your sunbed…
♦Loud music is banned (ghetto blasters) – so if you need to hit a beat at volume use your headphones!
♦ A few beaches are renown for the Israeli bat & ball game called matkot. Since most of the real professionals play off the sand there are likely to be a lot of wannabes on sand. Do stay clear of a flying ball, they really can hurt on a soft fleshy landing.
♦ The multilingual Lifeguard calls can be distracting. Do remember they are doing a difficult job in maintaining the crowds in the water from accidents, finding lost infants and shouting out warnings about glass bottles, loud music & pickpockets. Although not always eye candy they do have the knack of telling terrible jokes!
♦ Weekends are the busiest time for any of the Tel Aviv beaches. In Israel, that means Friday and Saturday. Specifically, on these days try and get there early. Be patient with the beach staff who work their flip flops off to supply you with what you need. Give these guy a break by dumping your trash in the plentiful litter bins before you leave the beach.