Hof HaCarmel is the coastal area on Haifa’s western side known for its beaches. In the summer, the Dado and Zamir Beaches are full of sunbathers, swimmers and more all taking it easy in the Mediterranean sun. Fishing from the rock outcroppings, watersports such as surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, and extreme watersports like para-sailing can all be done off the coast. In the winter months, the beaches are dotted with mostly joggers and sightseers and as well as elderly men playing dominoes and backgammon. With copious amounts of cafés and restaurants along the beach strip, the boardwalk is the ideal place to watch the sun set at dinnertime.
Hof Hacarmel beach in Haifa by david55king, on Flickr
The beaches are open at all times and are free for the public. Life guards are present at the posted times during the summer season.
By: Shem Tov Sasson. A Contributing Journalist for Tourist Israel, Shem Tov lives in the small Israeli city of Ma’alot. His personal blog about his experiences and adventures in the Holy Land can be found at Israel’s Good Name.