Wondering which Tel Aviv beach to visit?
Should you stick to the beach closest to your hotel or try another?
All of Tel Aviv's beaches are breathtaking, yet each one has a somewhat different character which attracts a different crowd.
This page covers the more southern beaches of the city, starting from the Hilton Beach and continuing southwards. In the page Fall in Love with Tel Aviv Beaches , you can discover Tel Aviv’s northern beaches.
Hilton Beach is one of the most popular beaches in all of Israel.
It is popular with both locals - lots of celebs (!), and with tourists from the nearby hotels. It's a great beach for swimming, surfing and sunbathing. The Hilton beach is subdivided into 3 completely different sections which atrract totally different crowds:
6. Hilton Beach, North – the Dogs beach (Hof Haklavim in Hebrew)
7. Hilton Beach, Middle – the Gay beach
8. Hilton Beach, South – Surfer’s Beach
Hof Haklavim is a pretty narrow Tel Aviv beach strip.
This is where man's best friend can enjoy the sea and sand and run around unleashed. Such fun!
Sometimes called “Atzmaut” (Independence) Beach, named after the cliffs of Atzmaut Park just above, this beach is gay-friendly.
Everyone is welcome at all times, but on summer weekends and especially for a few weeks before and after Gay Pride Parade in June, the beach is mainly for gays.
You can find out more about Gay Tel Aviv Israel Events HERE.
Hilton - Surfer’s beach is a world class surfing site.
Take a look at this video that takes places at the Hilton Surfer Beach. Enjoy the Israeli Triple Diamond Strongman Surfer’s Competition!
There’s a wide breakwater in the middle that divides this Tel Aviv beach into two separate bays. Surfers go out on both sides of the breakwater, summer and winter.
You can walk along the breakwater path.
To the right, it leads to TopSea, one of the longest running surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding schools in Israel.
On the left you can go have a drink or a snack at TopSea Beach Bar-Restaurant. The location is superb and seating is very comfortable on outdoor ‘sofas’. Just note, it’s a bit overpriced.
TIP for WAVE SURFERS out there
North of the breakwater and further out is an area characterized by ‘tricky’ waves, that are less strong, but more 'interesting'. South of the breakwater are the ‘deep’ waves that are longer and stronger.
Just north of the breakwater - the sea is quite shallow and this is a perfect spot for families with young children. The sand there is super soft.
Just watch out for the surfers and kayaks nearby pushing out to sea.
South of the breakwater and until the picturesque Tel Aviv marina is a really nice Tel Aviv beach. Lots of local celebs come to see and be seen, or just relax.
amazing view of Tel Aviv Marina and Gordon Beach by photographer Moshe Shai
South of the Hilton Beach lies the pretty Tel Aviv Marina. It’s worth visiting to see the many boats docked there. From the marina, you can dive or rent surfboards, windsurfers or you can take a yacht cruise with Danit!
Just south of the marina, are 3 beaches:
9. Gordon Beach 10. Frishman Beach and 11. Bograshov Beach
Each of the three beaches, Gordon, Frishman and Bograshov is a stunning Tel Aviv beach, very wide and sandy. During the summer, they are packed with touritsts since they are in the center of Tel Aviv’s beachside hotel strip.
You can sunbathe, frolic in the sea, or play volleyball and 'matkot' - which is Israelis' favorite beach sport - two players, two wooden racquets and a small, black ball.
Gordon is one of the loveliest beaches in Tel Aviv, south of the marina and right near the well-known Gordon salt water pool and outdoor gym.
Along each beach near the Tel Aviv Promenade are dozens of of bars and restaurants - great for enjoying one Tel Aviv’s incredible sunsets.
There’s a Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream stand near Gordon beach.
South of Bograshov beach, you can spot Trumpeldor beach by the unusual statue on the promenade right above it.
Trumpeldor beach is quieter than its neighbors since it is ‘undeclared’ - meaning there are no lifeguards and facilities.
So you can expect less people and lots more calm than on neighboring beaches.
Jerusalem (formerly Geula) Beach is right off Allenby Street and near the well known Opera Tower building. Geula / Jerusalem beach is usually a bit less crowded and less touristy than some of its more northern neighbor beaches.
Lots of name for this single beach that has a different atmosphere that every other Tel Aviv beach. There’s a special, tranquility here, especially further south.
The northern part of the beach starts just north of the Dolphinareum and continues southward to the Banana Beach Restaurant/Café.
On the north, there is a water sports school for windsurfing, wave surfing and more. Southwards the beach has a distinct ‘bohemian’ flavor or ‘shanti’ in Israeli slang.
You won't find too many tourists nor young- hip Telavivians. You will find a more relaxed crowd playing backgammon, reading a book or meditating on the beach.
I recommend visiting the beach on Friday afternoons and you’ll get to see the weekly drumming sessions on the rocks jutting out to sea. All around are dancers, jugglers and people doing copoeira.
During the summer, stay for the evening at the Banana Beach restaurant/cafe which sets out tables and chairs along the beach. The food is typical beach-fare, but it’s nice to have a drink or good coffee and catch the gorgeous Tel Aviv sunset. During summer nights and sporting events, there is a large screen where they play free movies.
Alma Beach (or Charles Clor Park Beach) is a long and narrow strip of lovely beach, green lawns and a playground to which lots of families come to have a barbecue.
The northern half of this Tel Aviv beach is home to Manta Ray, one of the most romantic seafood restaurants in Israel, and a fantastic sea view which you can enjoy from indoors or the outdoor porch.
For more details on Manta Ray and other good restaurants in Tel Aviv, visit my favorite Tel Aviv restaurants.
Not far from Alma beach is HaTahana ('The Station' in Hebrew), Tel Aviv’s Old Railway. You can learn more at our page on HaTahana - the Old Train Station.
If you walk 5 minutes to the southern end of the beach from the Charles Clore park, there is another unofficial beach for dogs. It’s off the beaten track and worth visiting.
And just nearby is the Etzel Museum -
commemorating Etzel, one of the 'infamous' paramilitary Jewish groups that operated during the British occupation of Palestine until Israel was founded in 1948.
The building itself is a beauty, combining a modern glass structure on top of an original stone building from 1900.
South of Alma Beach is the beautiful Port of Jaffa. You cannot visit Tel Aviv and Israel without spending some time in Yafo – find out more in our page on what to see in Jaffa Israel.
Jaffa's main beach - Gan Hamidron - is west of of the Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa (the same neighborhood on which the award winning film Ajami is based).
It's a pretty beach on a small bay with a playground for kids. Because of the structure of the bay and the surrounding rocks, part of the sea forms a shallow pool which is very convenient for families with small children.
What's especially nice about Gan Hamidron is that its probably the only Tel Aviv beach (perhaps besides Alma Beach) where both Arabs and Jews can relax and enjoy the beach and the seashore ogether, comfortably.
Which is well worthwhile.
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