Shave Ziyyon Travel Guide

  • Shavei Zion Beach on a Saturday afternoon
    Shavei Zion Beach on a Saturday...
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  • On Shavei Zion Beach
    On Shavei Zion Beach
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  • Protected lagoon on Shavei Zion Beach
    Protected lagoon on Shavei Zion Beach
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    by iblatt Updated Aug 20, 2011

    During a recent trip to the Western Galilee we wanted to spend a few hours on a relatively quiet and unspoiled beach. Although many Israeli beaches are noisy and crowded in mid-summer, you can also find beaches which answer our desired qualities.
    Unfortunately, Shavei Zion Beach is not one of them.

    Admittedly, we went there on a Saturday afternoon in late July, a very popular time (or maybe too popular). The parking lot was overflowing, but we found free parking in Shavei Zion village, 5 minutes' walk from the beach. Entrance to the beach is not free: we paid NIS 12 per person.

    The swimming beach is fenced off, and its area is quite small, so that it feels quite crowded; you certainly don't get a sense of a free open space here. Still, the people we saw were mostly nice and quiet, a mixture of youth from the area and families with children.
    There is a wave-breaker, which makes the beach (especially the lagoon-like area north of the wave breaker) very convenient for children.
    The beach services are mediocre at best.

    In short: although the Shavei-Zion Beach is supposed to be the local beach of a village a few kiloneters south of the city, it is not the idyllic, free, open beach we were looking for.

    Shavei Zion Beach on a Saturday afternoon On Shavei Zion Beach Protected lagoon on Shavei Zion Beach
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  • Jun 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    It looked very promising as we took our family to the beach at Shave Tzion this morning. And we were very happy to pay the 12 shekel per person entrance fee. However, we found the water to be so full of trash we didn't want to enter the water. Plus, there were dangerous rocks most everywhere. We weren't there 15 minutes before deciding that the beach wasn't suitable, but the older gentleman, Ari, who seemed to be in charge of the gate keeper was not willing refund our entrance fee. He made it clear that he could not care less about our disappointment. HINT: go to Banana Beach in Achziv (no rocks, no trash). Banana Beach was so wonderful that we stayed all day, and the staff was also friendly.

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