Taking a summer dip beneath the sun or strolling along the serene beach at night sounds like the perfect way to spend your free time. Luckily, Israel is home to dozens of beaches stretching across the stunning Mediterranean and Red Sea coastlines. From Tel Aviv’s popular beaches to Eilat’s hidden gems, there are a plethora of northern and southern options to choose from. Our comprehensive list will break down Israel’s eight best beaches so you can enjoy these stunning locations all year round, especially in the hot summer months. So come along, take a dip, and dive into the top 8 beaches of Israel.
1) Tel Aviv Beaches
Of course, Tel Aviv’s beaches rank as the most visited in Israel. Divided into over ten individual beaches, each section caters to its own character and crowd. From Tzur Beach in the far north of the city to the centrally-located Gordon, Frishman, Bograshov, and Dolphinarium Beaches. They all tend to be quite busy, especially during peak tourist season, but nothing beats the city skyline in the distance. Take a walking tour of Tel Aviv to fully embrace the White City.
2) Herzliya Beach
Herzliya is an upscale neighborhood just north of Tel Aviv boasting one of the largest and cleanest beaches in Israel. Notably quieter than those in Tel Aviv, but still quite busy during the weekends and summer months, Herzliya’s beach is the best getaway from the bustling city streets. Once here, check out the excellent mall and stunning marina adorned with 5-star restaurants.
3) Dolphin Beach, Eilat
Fall in love with Dolphin Beach’s natural beauty and stunning views. Take part in activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and jet skiing, allowing yourself to immerse in the Red Sea’s splendor. This beach is close enough to a dolphin reef that if you’re lucky, you might even get a chance to swim with dolphins. Whether you prefer water sports or simply wish to unwind by the shore, this place offers a delightful retreat for beach enthusiasts. For those seeking extra thrills, join this magical tour of Timna Park to explore South Israel’s marvelous surroundings.
4) Hof HaCarmel, Haifa
Haifa’s gorgeous coast is home to 2 main beaches: Hof HaCarmel and Bat Galim. While Bat Galim has excellent cafes and caters to a more family-friendly crowd, Hof HaCarmel promises a fun time with loads of beach bars, eateries, and a diverse population that enriches the city with culture, music, food, and art. With the Carmel Mountain in the background, Haifa also makes for an excellent picnic and photoshoot setting.
5) Netanya Beach
With gorgeous views of the Mediterranean Sea, Netanya’s collection of beaches, bustling city, and proximity to Tel Aviv make it a hotspot for visitors. Many tourists, especially from France, flock here to enjoy the sun-kissed waves during the summer or stroll along the boardwalk in the cooler weather. After wandering the eclectic streets, take a dip in the refreshing waters.
6) Coral Reef Beach, Eilat
Coral Reef Beach in Eilat is the best place to snorkel in Israel. While it’s a popular family destination for foreigners and locals alike, the sun-soaked city has so much to offer every kind of visitor. After renting your snorkeling equipment, witness some of the Red Sea’s beautiful coral reefs and schools of fish. For those a bit less adventurous, don’t fret, this area is also a great place to kick back, relax and enjoy the tranquility.
7) Ein Bokek, Dead Sea
Another South Israel gem is Ein Bokek Beach, near the Dead Sea. This gorgeous beach’s excellent views of the rugged terrain cannot be missed and is also where you can find iconic sand sculptures which sit right off the shore. Travelers are encouraged to take a Dead Sea tour like this one, once visiting the region. Exploring the desert beauty and floating on the salty waters is the perfect way to discover southern Israel. Stay in one of our Dead Sea hotels to fully embrace the luxurious setting.
8) Caesarea Aqueduct Beach
The Caesarea Aqueduct Beach is truly unique, just north of the Herodian port of Caesarea. The ruins of an ancient Roman aqueduct mark the inland edge of the beach and the uncrowded space will make you think you’re in a remote location no one’s heard of. The breathtaking aqueduct provides the perfect setting with an ancient twist. This humble beach rests on the northern coast of Israel, making it a great spot to watch the sunset. If the enchantment of Caesarea seems like somewhere you’d like to explore, join our Caesarea, Akko, and Haifa tour for an unbelievable adventure.
Life is a Beach
Of course, these are just some of the best beaches in Israel, there are certainly more to explore. Now’s the time to grab a good book, put on your swimsuits, and begin your beach adventures. Though this list is geographically-diverse, all these locations are easily accessible. However, if you’d like to stay in these cities, take a look at our hotels in Tel Aviv as well as Eilat, and North Israel accommodations. Happy swimming!