Tel Aviv’s famed beach scene attracts thousands of tourists and locals, alike, on a daily basis. Bathers come to enjoy the warm and refreshing Mediterranean sea water; to sprawl out on the soft sand and tan for the day; to enjoy an exciting game of matkot (the Israeli version of racquetball), or even just to sit at any one of the many casual cafes that litter the beach and take in the breathtaking sunset while sipping on a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. While Tel Aviv’s coastline undoubtedly stacks up nicely with other cities around the world’s coastlines in terms of aesthetic beauty, what sets these thirteen beaches apart from the rest of the competition is the incredible variety that they offer their visitors.
Stretched out along fourteen kilometers (approximately 8.7 miles) of coastline, Tel Aviv’s beaches are each distinctive in their own rights. We’ve outlined a list of some of the top beaches that you can’t miss on your next trip to Tel Aviv down below (listed in an order from north to south). Read about where and when to go, along with what each specific beach may offer you. For a true Tel Aviv beach experience, make sure to hit the sands anytime between late April and mid-October!
Access: Bus 11/Bus 55/Bus 100
Originally named after the 1972 comedy, “Hof Metzitzim,” starring Arik Einstein and Uri Zohar, Metzitzim Beach has become one of the most family-friendly beaches on the coast, with jungle gyms, picnic tables, outdoor workout equipment, refurbished showers and changing rooms making the beach very comfortable for visitors of all ages.
Nordau Beach/Hof Hadatiyim:
Access: Paid parking/Bus 11/Bus 55/Bus 100
Nordau Beach is designated for use by Orthodox men and women, as certain days are reserved for men and some for women. Men have access to the beach on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, while women have access on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. The beach is open to everyone on Saturdays, however, as religiously observant people don’t go to the beach on Shabbat. Similar to Metzitzim, Nordau provides its visitors with a children’s playground, an outdoor playground, a café, and showers.
Access: Bus 4/ Bus 13/ Bus 55/ Bus 100/ Bus 104/ Bus 121/ Bus 204
Located right under the Hilton Hotel and just north of the Tel Aviv marina, Hilton beach is unofficially known as Tel Aviv’s gay beach. It’s outfitted with bathrooms, showers, a volleyball court, workout equipment, and nighttime lighting. In addition, Hilton Beach permits dogs to roam around the beach with their owners. Finally, a surf club is located at the very south end of the beach. While the Mediterranean waves aren’t exactly known as being all-worldly for surfing, the sport has really taken off in recent years, much in thanks to Hilton Beach. If you consider yourself a surfer or simply like watching the sport, Hilton should definitely be on your list of places to visit and enjoy.
Gordon & Frischman:
Access: Paid parking/Bus 10/Bus 100
Together, Gordon and Frischman are among the most popular beaches Tel Aviv has to offer. Typically frequented by younger crowds and tourists thanks to their proximity to the main hotels on the Tel Aviv promenade and the center of the city, these beaches are your best bet for finding a good game of beach volleyball. Additionally, Gordon and Frischman beaches have a good number of cafes, bars, and restaurants. Before you leave, make sure to check out the plaque above Gordon Beach that commemorates the life of Abie Nathan, an Israeli peace activist who passed away in 2008.
Access: Bus 10
Bugrashov Beach is the coastline’s most central beach. The combination of Bugrashov Street’s hip vibe and the tourist-friendly atmosphere on the beach make for an enjoyable and pleasant overall experience. One can easily spend an entire day at Bugrashov, thanks to its lovely beach and its many cafes and shops. Lastly, Bugrashov Beach’s role in the Altalena Affair in 1948 will forever link the beach to historical events that shaped the State of Israel as we know it.
Access: Bus 16/ Bus 17/ Bus 88
Jerusalem beach is a nice and pleasant stretch of sand that is most often filled with loud young people, giving it somewhat of a party-beach reputation. It is best known, however, for seafood restaurant, “Manta Ray,” which overlooks the beach and can be a terrific sunset-watching location over dinner, though it’s open and filled throughout most of the day. The beach was named after Israel’s capital in the late 1980’s, when longtime Tel-Aviv mayor, Shlomo “Chich” Lahat was looking for some unique and special way to honor Teddy Kollek, Jerusalem’s mayor at the time. After thinking long and hard, Lahat decided that he’d name one of Tel-Aviv’s beaches after the capital city in Kollek’s honor, as he pointed out that Jerusalem has everything a great city needs except for a beach. Look for the plaque commemorating this occasion along the walkway above the beach near the road.
Access: Bus 10/ Bus 18
Generally known as a “chill-out” beach, Banana Beach is named after its café-bar. This beach has a pretty mellow vibe, and is a good spot to go hang out at. The crowds it attracts—typically in their twenties and thirties—usually come with a good book, a newspaper, or a set of matkot. During the summertime, don’t miss out on the popular free open air movie screenings!
Charles Clore Beach:
Access: Bus 10/ Bus 88
Sandwiched in between the Charles Clore Park and the beginning of Jaffa, Charles Clore beach is a low-key beach with a relaxed atmosphere. You’ll often see dogs running around with their owners, even taking an occasional dip in the water. Lounge chairs and umbrellas are utilized by people of all ages during the day, while the matkot, nargilot, and music comes out at night before, during, and after the sunset. Don’t miss out on the chance to bring a picnic, lay out a blanket, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the sun setting over the sea while the lights in Jaffa begin to light up in the nighttime.
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Adam Schrag 2015