From the Gaash beach you can continue to walk north on the sand, dip your feet in the water from time to time or go for a short swim. The beach walk can take you all the way north, about 10 km to the Poleg Beach which already belongs to Netanya.
Along the way you may see some or all of the following: Seagulls and othre birds, rocks and pebbles, cliffs and calcareous sandstone formations, hikers and joggers, beachbat players, fishermen, sunbathers, and even topless girls and nude men.
Brong some water with you, because there is nowhere to buy anything along the way!
Ga'ash is quite unique among the beaches of Israel. Although it is so near the cities of Tel-Aviv, Herzliya and Netanya, it feels remote and secluded. It is somewhat less accessible than other beaches: you need a car to get there, and from the parking lot it is a 10 min climb downhill, steep at first but then much more moderate. This short hike is located within the Hof-HaSharon (Sharon Beach) National Park.
There is a lifeguard on duty (in season), there are toilets and a few sheds for shade, but don't expect any restaurant, bar or loud music, or even ice cream and soft drink peddlars: these are non-existent. There are also no wave breakers, and the waves can be seen and felt with all their natural beauty and power.
The kind of people you see on the Ga'ash beach is also somewhat different from the average Israeli beach: Couples looking for romance, loners looking for peace and quiet away from the madding crowd. There are also a few young families and some small groups of youngsters.
A little bit to the north there is an unofficial nudist beach, which goes along with the secluded and discrete character of this beach.
Gaash beach is open all the way south to Herzliya and also all the way north to Netanya without interruption.
All of these make Gaash Beach very special.
Most of the Mediterranean coast of Israel is developed, with organized public beaches, hotels, cafes, residential estates, ports... A beautiful segment of the coast north of kibbutz Ga'ash, all the way to the southern neighborhoods of Netanya, has been declared a national park, and is thus protected from developers and real-estate sharks.
This natural area includes coastal eolianite (calcareous sandstone, or "kurkar") cliffs, 50 meters high; stable sand dunes, and the fauna and flora typical for these areas. Ten mountain gazelles were returned to nature in this park in the year 2000.
Anna, Maytal and I visited the park on a September late-afternoon. The sea views from the cliffs were beautidul. Everything was quiet and peacedul, with the occasional paraglider hovering over our heads. We did not encounter any gazelles, but we saw the impressive blossom of maritime squills (typical harbingers of autumn in Israel - see photo).