Beach, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Nobody loves beaches like the residents of Tel Aviv. They love their warm Mediterranean water, they love their beachside cafes, and they love the sunsets that fall over the city like a perfect close to the end of a day.
We didn't have a chance to see these fabled sunsets but we'll include them on our next visit.
It's the best you can do on a sunny day...just go to the beach, take a blanket with you, sit down in the sand, relax, watch the people going by or just read a book or go for some swimming. It's also nice to sit outside of the nice restaurants you have at the beach and drink a coffee or something. It's my favourite place...!
Tel Aviv has some very nice beaches. For a good part of the year, this would be a nice place to be out in the sun. Although we came to Israel to see the historical and holy sites, the nice beach at the end was a great bonus.
For many tourists (and a fair few locals) Tel Aviv begins at the shore of the Mediterranean and ends about 100 metres inland. The beach is the centre of activity from the early morning joggers to the late night parties. In between, thousands of people sunbathe, swim and just generally have a good time.
The beach is one long continuous stretch across the length of the city, but if you're there a while you'll soon work out which areas are most popular with young people, families and so on. Along parts of the main road it's a bit like walking through LA - palm trees, teeny-weeny bikinis and lots of glamorous bronzed people everywhere. Like me for instance!
For more pix of Tel Aviv beach, have a look at my travelogue
Once you'll see a sunset in Tel Aviv you'll have to admit that you even't seen anything more beautiful than this! Maybe I'm being biased, but I've been living there for the most of my life and can assure you that this is the, number one, must see activity of the city! Don't miss it. Well, you won't be able to.
One thing is sure, impossible to be in Tel Aviv and miss its great beaches. where ever you'll stay in TA it will be close to the beach .... so no chance of missing it.
You have many Cafe's and Bars on the beach's that are open both day and night time. some of the beaches has music and some are more relaxed.
One thing is sure walking on the beach or even just sitting in the afternoon / evening time is a great thing.
The other day I went for a ten minute walk along the seafront with a friend taking a teabreak from work (I am volunteer in her office). It was a lovely day (today it is pouring with rain and colder) and I took my camera with me. This photo shows a couple of young men coming back from using their surfboards - a popular sport here.
Today I went for a short walk to see the seafront. I entered the park by the Hilton Hotel, opposite 198 Hayarkon Street, (corner Arlozoroff Street) to get a view of the sea. The park overlooks the beach and the Marina.
The temperature today is 30C and 86F. I expect most people who like to go to the sea will go late afternoon, as at 11am I didn't see many people. Also the school year started today, so obviously older children could not go there.
From this point you can also see the seafront hotels, of which there are many. Walk south a little and you reach the Promenade, which is very nice. Continue walking south and you will reach Yaffo. A nice walk in cooler weather.
Go to the beach! Have fun there. Enjoy the swimming and sunbading. You can swim, untill you get to the rocks. It is better not to swim on the other side of the rocks. The stream of water is very heavy here and dangerous sometimes.
Beach, beach, beach! Go there! Be ware: don't go topless, that is not accepted! You can wear a bikini though. Avoid strong waves at some places of the beach. Lifeguards will warn you when you come to close to that kind of places. The lifeguards have small wooden tower on the beaches and protect the public. They also help when children get lost.
On a summer day (most of the year) you'll fine a place to cool up with lots of People. In the winter you'll fine a magnificent sea to walk by. Even at night with the city lights you can swim walk or just sit and gaze at the stars.
Though Tel-Aviv does not have so many tourist attractions, it does have its beautiful beaches,enjoy them but as I mentioned before do swim near the designated areas, and do not swim at night when there are no lifeguards.... seriously there are many tragedies every year but only when people have been irresponsible.
Do like Tel Avivians: Go to the beach!
Especially during the weekends this place is full of young people. And if You are having a typical scandinavian blond male hair, You might be asked for dancing on the beach...
Tel Aviv has many beaches, some with many facilities. Depending on where you are staying pick your own favorite piece a sandy area.
Take a guided scuba dive to the beautiful natural reef on the Tel-Aviv sea.
The Mediterranean is wonderful for diving almost year-round, don't miss this adventure!