I’m not really sure if I have ONE favorite Israel beach but there are several beaches that I really like.
Usually when people think about Israel they tend to think of historical/religious sites, but Israel also has some of the best beaches in the world (and yes I have been to Hawaii).
Now remember, Israel has access to four seas: the Mediterranean along the western side, the Red Sea close to
Eilat (in the south), the
Sea of Galilee
(a big lake really) in the north and of course the
Dead Sea. On this page I'm going to go over my favorite Israel beaches according to each of these four seas (see map below)...
Tel Aviv’s beaches are some of my favorite and a great option for you too. I created a separate page just to go over these on their own as there are many and they are quite popular. Check out that page if you want to scour those great beaches. I list other Mediterranean beaches below...
Here are other great beaches in Israel along the Mediterranean Sea:
Herzliya Beaches: this city isn’t too far north of Tel-Aviv. The beaches here are very well taken care of and are extremely clean as they are located very close to one of the most expensive and luxurious neighborhoods in Israel, called Herzliya Pituh.
During my high school years my friends and I used to drive to one of Herzliya’s beaches right after (or during…) school for additional “education” on a regular basis.
There are several beaches – about 6 km (4 miles) - in Herzliya and it doesn’t really matter which one you go too. They are all clean and upscale looking – you do need to pay a small fee to get into most of them but it is well worth it.
The Caesarea Aqueduct Beach is a great romantic and historical beach. The aqueduct – a bridge-like conduit for water – was built by the Romans some 2,000 years ago!
This beach is not crowded most of the time and bathing is fun and safe as there is a sort of a natural pool created by rocks in the sea.
Netanya Beaches: this city, located about halfway between Tel Aviv and Haifa, has about 15 km (9 miles) worth of beautiful beaches that has turned it into a favorite tourist resort town.
Michmoret Beach Is located on the way to Haifa, not too far from Caesarea. It is a good choice as it is rather secluded and has a natural stone "wall" within the water that creates calm waters – very safe, especially for kids. Michmoret was my favorite Israel beach as a kid...
There are other nice beaches along the Mediterranean, including in Haifa, Nahariya, Rishon Lezion and in other towns – but the Med Sea is the same sea for all these towns and beaches so if you plan to come for a short visit try at least one of the above. You can probably find your favorite Israel beach on the Med Sea but if not… here are a few other options…
Eilat on the south edge of the country is the access point to the beautiful Red Sea. The best beaches in the Red Sea are:
The Dolphin Reef Beach: If you are not too much into snorkeling or scuba then this beach is great for you.
Since I mostly like to slack off when I’m at the beach and to enter the water every so often – this beach is perfect for me.
The dolphins that frequent the beach add to the ambiance of it all and the bar and cafeteria are very convenient.
The Coral Beach Nature Reserve: is probably one of the world’s top diving spots. If you like snorkeling or scuba – this will be your favorite beach! The fish and other marine life are spectacular. I have to admit that I haven’t snorkeled there for years as I’m overly laid back but I’m sure it is just as magnificent today as it was when I dived there years ago.
The Sea of Galilee is really only a big lake, but it is called a sea for some reason. The best Sea of Galilee beach is probably the one located at kibbutz Ein Gev. It is a lovely beach – quite magical and spiritual really – with lawns that reach almost to the water. Speaking of the water, unlike the Med and Red Seas, in this lake the water is fresh and not salty. At twilight and during sunsets the beach is truly spectacular.
The Dead Sea has a few great beaches, among them the Ein Gedi beach. While there is no marine life here due to the insane amount of salt - there are other advantages. Floating on the water is pretty easy so if your swimming skills are in need of improvement you will do just fine here.
The Dead Sea is probably one of the strangest beaches you will ever visit. You will, for example, see many people covered with the therapeutic mud, and you can try it for yourself as well.
The beaches of the Dead Sea are not really built for parties or nightlife but more for a relaxed stay and for physical and spiritual healing. You can read more about the place on this page.
So, which is YOUR favorite Israel beach?
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