Tel Aviv-Yafo Tip
My traveling group was dropped off right on the beach at this huge rave. It was 108 degrees, but we danced anyways. The music was so cool and everyone had a great time. The people in Israel liked seeing Americans...and this was before the recent events, of course.
The Old Jaffa's Historical Site
This is the small museum located in the middle of Old Jaffa. It has a little archaeological site and some explainations about the history of Jaffa, that goes back to Greek mythology. Can't say that it is something very special but it is interesting.
Untill not so long ago admission used to be free but now it looks like this tip should be moved to the "Tourists Trap" section. Nowadays, for 10 minutes in the museum you'll have to pay 8 Shekels (about $2). Interesting information about Napoleon in Jaffa.
Not that we're lacking nature in Tel Aviv, but the city grows rapidly and many green spots are being hidden behind the skyscrapers. Yarkon Park is found in Tel Aviv and running along its border with Ramat Gan. This park offers may different activities. You can walk (and it is a long distance), you can bike or rollerblade, lay on the grass, have BBQ party, or rent a little boat and to "sail" it in the Yarkon river, after which the park was named. Can't count how many times I've been there, I simply love this place.
Every year, usually in the middle of the month of August, Tel Aviv is becoming the city of beer.
Last Summer (14-17 August, 2003) this festival took place by the Beach area, close to the Old Jaffa in front of the Intercontinental Hotel.
There are two most known Israeli beers: "Goldstar" and "Maccabee" latter is being successfully exported to many countries. Goldstar is very close to the Heineken in its taste and it is a very popular beer among the locals.
So, since we don't have that many local beer brands others are participating in the festival as well. The most common imported beers that can be found in Israel are "Heineken", "Amstel", "Carlsberg" and "Corona" , but of course we have much more than this.
Along with the bars full of different kinds of beer, food and entertainment are provided at the place. Artists performances, dancing, games, lotteries, and even a small area for children to play while their parents are enjoying the beer.
It is usually very crowded but still remains the "don't miss activity" whatsoever.
Take one extra hour for security checks at the airport into account.
Be aware that they may open and damage your electronic equipment by accident. So please check it immediately!
When you are also planning to visit the Arabic countries around you may consider not to get an Israeli immigration stamp into your passport. You can ask for a separate immigration sheet.