There is something special about this beach, the northern-most beach in Israel, a sandy beach on the rocky sandstone stretch of coast between Achziv and Rosh HaNiqra. The sand is there thanks to the Betzet Stream, which flows into the sea at this point.
Hof Betzet is a free public beach with elementary services, including a lifeguard, a few shady pergolas, a small cafeteria and bathrooms. However, it has a wild and unspoiled look and feel, is almost never crowded, and offers views towards the cliff of Rosh HaNiqra in the north and Achziv in the south. Three tiny islands just off the coast add to the picturesque view. The Lebanese border is well within sight, and a guard-boat of the Israeli Navy is constantly in view a small distance from the coast.
If you are looking for a relaxed day on a relatively unspoilt beach in northern Israel, Hof Betzet is the beach for you!
Okay I know I have already said this, but I will say it one more time. If you can walk this rocky outcropping in spring AND in winter during a storm, they are two different places.
Walking the coast line of Israel is fine anytime, but along Hof Betzet there are many hidden rocks that during storm time make for a much more "active" view.
If you continue on past the olive production ruins in Nahal Betzet, you will find in the bottom of the canyon a small stream. The water was clear, but here in this picture the light was being reflected and it looks as if milk has been added. It was quite peaceful and quiet here as not many people travel by foot into the lower parts of the canyon. There is a small pool which you can swim in and the water is pure.
Favorite thing: During our winter walk along the beach we were amazed to see that the sunsets were not only beautiful, but ever changing. All the following pictures were taken within 30 minutes of each other and each is different, different colors, different lighting, just fantastic.
This is one of the storage areas for the olive oil after the production is finished and it is ready for shipping. This is a wonderful short walk into the dry canyon to see the remains of this facility.
The place where olive oil is produced is called a "Beit Baad" in Hebrew.
Favorite thing: Here in Nahal Betzet, just east of the northern settlement of Shlomi you can find the remains of an ancient olive oil production facility. In the picture you can see our guide sitting in the area where the oil was pressed and the pits were used for seperating the oil from the chaf.