I’m in love with all 16 glorious, sun-basked Tel Aviv beaches!
I start to unwind the minute I spot the blue sea and open horizon just 5 minutes by car from home. It is no surprise that National Geographic rated Tel Aviv as the 9th best beach city worldwide.
Tel Aviv’s entire west side faces the Mediterranean Sea.
The city boasts 14 kilometers - 9 miles - of some of the best beaches in the world with clean wide stretches of sand and stunning views of the sea, white sails and surfers.
They are positively addictive and you will love them too.
All the beaches (besides the 'doggie' or undeclared beaches) have clean toilets and outdoor cold showers, and at most of the beaches there are indoor shower stalls and changing rooms.
At most of the beaches, you can rent lounge beds or chairs during season (April to October).
During season, there are vendors walk up and down the beaches selling ice-cream, ice cold beer, soft drinks and water. And of course, there are restaurants and cafes along almost all the beaches.
Many of the beaches have water resistant workout gyms. It’s amazing to work out while looking out at the sea and listening to the waves crash.
Some of the beaches, especially in the tourist strip south and north of the Tel Aviv marina have volleyball nets, as well as water sports facilities such as surfing, kayaking, boating and diving.
On Tel Aviv beaches, you cannot avoid the sight (or sound!) of 'matkot' players all over Tel Aviv beaches. That clacking sound of Israel’s favorite beach sport is of the small hard ball hitting a small wooden racquet.
Today some beaches have designated areas for matkot away from the sunbathers, but when you stroll around, watch out for the ball!
You should go swimming only on declared beached which have lifeguards. If you are not sure whether you are on a declared beach, look for the lifeguard stand and the flag.
The daily flags advise visitors about the sea conditions: blue or white flags indicate the sea is calm, red means you can swim but the sea is choppy or there are stronger currents so be careful.
Black means the sea is too dangerous for swimming.
Here’s my friend Nir, part-time hi-tech salesman and full-time wave surfer as he skateboards on the Tel Aviv promenade with his nephew...
You can walk, jog or bike amost the entire way on the Tel Aviv beach promenade which stretches from Jaffa up to Hof Hatzuk / Mandarin Beach in the north of Tel Aviv. Although I prefer to get my exercise walking down on the wet sand near the sea.
All summer long during th day and evening, the promenade is a great place for people watching – walkers, joggers and bikers, the babes and the hunks, Telavivians, tourists and the street artists; the clowns, tattoo artists, hair-braiders, and jugglers.
I don’t know why the colors of Tel Aviv sunsets surpass those of sunsets I’ve seen anywhere else.
Day after day, they are simply incredible. These are another two photos of friends at different Tel Aviv beaches on different days.
With 16 beaches to choose from, each beach has its own ‘personality’ and attracts different crowds. With 16 beaches to choose from, each one has its own ‘personality’ and attracts different crowds.
This page will cover Tel Aviv's 5 northern beaches. To continue to Tel Aviv’s southern beaches, go to our page on Tel Aviv's Southern Beaches.
Hof HaZuk North, also known as Mandarin Beach is Tel Aviv's northernmost beach, bordering the city of Herzliya's attractive beaches and port.
We love sitting at “MeEver Laktaze” (which literally means Over the Edge), a cool bar/restaurant situated right on the beach with tables and chairs in the sand, or if you prefer, on the concrete patio above. It's so relaxing sitting barefoot in the soft sand on summer nights. During high tide, the waves sometimes wet your feet.
You’ll find the normal Tel Aviv beach fare: a nice classic Israeli breakfast of eggs, salads, cheeses, jam and toast, a variety of tasty ‘wraps (tortilla like sandwiches) , hummus, watermelon in season, fresh fish and of course, the perennial dish all Israeli kids love: schnitzel and chips (breaded chicken cutlets and French Fries).
Also fish, seafood and my husband’s favorite …. the most perfect fried calamari. We think it’s tastier here than anywhere else in Israel. Not gummy or overdone at all. Crispy on the outside and succulent and tasty on the inside.
On hot summer nights, Nathalie and I order a glass of wine or a beer. During the summer, the beach is still full of people until midnight.
The beach is beautiful, clean and well-kept.
Facilities include neat lawns, benches above the beach, facilities for showers and changing rooms, walking paths, and an outdoor gym. This and the HaZuk Beach South are the only beaches with an entrance fee during the daytime in season (April to October) of about 6 -15 Shekels per person.
You’ll find people of all ages here, but the beach hosts a slighty older and perhaps wealthier crowd. Lots of Moms with babies and young kids, couples and groups of friends (middle aged and seniors).
But, if you walk your way north past the 'border' between Tel Aviv and Herzliya, you'll hit one of the coolest beaches, full of good looking young Israelis in their late teens and twenties. They drive to the reef above and climb down to this part of the beach to avoid paying the entrance fee. Lot of fun to people-watch here!
Sea and Sun Beach - Hof HaZuk South
Hof HaZuk South, or Sea and Sun Beach (named after the Sea and Sun building complex just above the beach) is also well kept, with grassy and sandy areas.
It also has a small children's playground area and a beachside resataurant.
Like HaZuk Beach North, there is an entrance fee during the daytime in season (April to October) of about 6 -15 Shekels per person. For this reason, the beach also tends to host a slightly older crowd.
Tel Baruch is considered one of Israel’s cleanest and well kept beaches and is perfect for families with young children.
You can see in the picture above that the right (northern) half of the beach area is located in a bay so the sea water is almost always calm there.
Like Hatzuk beaches, it has green lawns, an outdoor workout area and Blue, an informal and casual restaurant for beach-side dining. There is no entrance fee per person, but if you drive your car here, there is a entrance fee per car of between 15 - 30 shekels for non Telavivians.
During summer evenings, lots of people barbecue in the lawn areas above the beach until midnight and even later!
And, if you walk towards the southern tip of the beach, you reach Tel Baruch Doggie Beach. We love going there with our dogs, Parker and Puffie. (Parker to your left)
You can continue walking down Tel Baruch beach, past the doggie beach until you hit the bridge that crosses the HaYarkon River over to Namal Tel Aviv - the lively Tel Aviv Port. For more about what to see and do at the Port, visit our Tel Aviv port page.
Just south of Namal Tel Aviv - the Port - is the recently renovated Metzitzim Beach with a children’s playground, 3 volleyball courts, and an outdoor workout area.
Parking costs 15 NIS. Otherwise, the beach entrance is free of charge.
The northern half of Mezizim is more family oriented.
There is a 24 hour restaurant (during peak season). They often set up a giant screen facing the sea, espcially for important matches.
The southern half this beach is geared for teens and twenty year olds.
This is another great place to tan and watch the beautiful people.
South of Metzitzim beach and adjacent to Nordeau Street is the small but lovely Separate or Religious Beach.It caters to ultra orthodox Jews by offering separate bathing periods for men and women.
The beach is open and lifeguarded until 5 PM.
Only women are allowed on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Entrance for men only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
During the Sabbath from Friday evening until Saturday night, the beach isn’t separated and it’s open to men and women alike.
This page covers the Tel Aviv’s gorgeous Mediterranean beaches fom the North until the Hilton beach complex. If you’d like to read more about the southern half of Tel Aviv Beaches, from Hilton Beach down to the beaches in Jaffa, go to the page: Southern Beaches of Tel Aviv
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