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.