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Tel Aviv Beaches

Tel aviv Beaches
Like any coastal cities, the true heart of Tel Aviv is where city meets sea and a visit to Tel Aviv without seeing the beach would be a crying shame. One can find much relief from the humid summer days in the cool water and the beaches present an opportunity to reconnect with nature after all the hustle and bustle of Tel Aviv. There are stunning beaches along the coastline of Tel Aviv, each one with a unique feel to it and it's worth knowing a little about the beach before going so as to know what kind of crowd it draws etc-here are just a few examples:
The Frishman Beach is a central beach and early in the morning you can find people working out along the coast. The beach is wide, there is a pedestrian boardwalk, some cafés and is considered a very hip beach with beach bars, DJs and ball games.
Jerusalem Beach was named in honor of Teddy Kolek who was Jerusalem's long-time-mayor. Cafés and restaurants line the wide beach area and this beach is known for being particularly family-friendly and also attracts high schoolers. A good place to play ball games and Frisbee.
The Separate Beach-which is next to the Sheraton Beach- was created in response to the needs of religious men and women who wish to enjoy the beach but cannot do so in mixed company. There are days for women and days for men and Saturday is the only mixed day as religious people do not go to the beach on Saturday.
 


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A well-kept, clean and pleasant beach, Frishman Beach is located at the west end of Frishman Street, at the center of the Tel aviv promenade. The beach provides first-aid, lifeguarding, showering and toilet facilities and there are sun-beds and deck chairs for rent for approximately twelve shekels during the bathing season.
There is a main eatery called SoFrishman where one can enjoy cold beer and snacks at almost every hour of the day together with tourists and locals. There are also a few other beach bars that also offer similar fare.
The beach can get crowded during peak season but people still coming back due to the lovely atmosphere on the beach, with it's diversity, cleanliness and friendly visitors.
 




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Shlomo Lahat, mayor of Tel aviv between 1974 and 1993, presented this beach to the then mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Koleck and since then the beach has been known as the Jerusalem Beach. The beach is popular with both locals and visitors with many teenagers, families and sport players frequenting the beach with it's fish restaurant, playground and volleyball courts. The beach is open all year round with lifeguard services available during the winter. Hof Yerushalayim is the name of the beach eatery and it features seating on the sand.




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One of Tel aviv's busiest beaches due to it's central location; opposite the Sheraton Hotel, the Gordon Beach is the perfect example of the melting pot that is Israel- youth and families from Israel and all over the world mingle with the tourists on this clean, lovely beach.
There is a restaurant and bar on the beach, as well as a Ben & Jerry's ice-cream stand. The beach is packed and noisy in peak season but in the early hours of the morning the beach is quiet and pensioners can be spotted taking advantage of the quiet as they swim and work out before the beach fills up.
 




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Even the beaches in Israel are steeped in history- in 1948, a Jewish boat by the name of Altelena was heading towards Israel carrying weapons that had been acquired by Jewish national militia from the time of the British Mandate. The military commanders were concerned that the weapons would be used to undermine the newly formed government and the Israeli army therefore fired at the boat injuring twenty people. Two hundred militia members were arrested and the rest were incorporated into the Israeli army. Up until today controversy surrounds this event.
Despite, or perhaps as a result of this historical event Bugrashov Beach is one of the most popular Tel Avivian beaches, located bang in the middle of the line of beaches and popular with both tourists and locals. The beach is open all year round and even during most of the winter months lifeguard and first aid services are offered. The street that the beach is located on, Bugrashov, is a tourist-friendly, stylish street with excellent cafés and restaurants that one can pay a visit to either before or after a trip to the beach. There is one main eatery- the Bugrashov Beach Bar- on the beach.
 




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The Nordau Beach was created in response to the needs of the religious community. In Judaism, women and men cannot go to a mixed beach where men and women mingle due to modesty reasons. However, there is no problem with men and women enjoying all that the beach has to offer with people of the same gender.
Therefore the Nordau Beach is surrounded by high walls that separate it from the neighboring Hilton and Sheraton Beaches, ensuring that people of the opposite gender will not be able to see whoever is visiting the beach. In addition, there are separate visiting days for men and women. Women visit the beach on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and men visit on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The beach is not open on Saturday because religious people cannot visit the beach on Saturday, the Sabbath day in Judaism, due to Jewish law.
In addition to religious women who come to enjoy the beach in an environment that meets religious standards, it isn’t unusual for non-religious women to come to on women's days in order to enjoy the beach without wandering male eyes. There are sports facilities, children's games and deck chairs for rent, as well as a café.
 




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The Hilton Beach is found between Nordau Beach and Gordon Beach and is named after the nearby Hilton Hotel. The Hilton Beach attracts three segments of the Tel Avivian population.
The northern-most part of the Hilton Beach is a beach area where dog owners can come with their canine companions. Israeli beaches are not welcoming of dogs so this beach is really the exception and considering the high number of dogs owned by Tel Avivians, it makes this beach quite popular. If you're not a dog-owner this probably isn’t the best beach for you due to the things that dogs tend to leave behind and the dogs that run around, relishing their freedom and shaking off their water-logged hair on passerbys as they come out of the sea.
Another section of the beach is known to be popular among homosexual men. No-one ever officially made it solely for homosexual men and not homosexual women but homosexual men have claimed this turf as their own. It is a place for homosexual men to feel at ease and to enjoy the lively atmosphere.
Lastly, for the surfers among us, the Hilton Beach is known for one of the best surfing patches on the Israeli coastline due to a reef just off the shore that creates ideal waves. A surfing club at the south side of the beach ensures lots of surfing action and an annual surfing competition.
If you do not belong to any three of the above categories worry not; the Hilton Beach is a lovely beach that is open to everyone and is the place to meet lots of interesting people. It is also a relatively private beach, the ideal kind to go to for some quiet thinking-time. There is also a beach bar-restaurant called Topsy Bar  on the beach.
 




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The Metzitzim Beach was formerly known as the Sheraton Beach because the Sheraton Hotel used to be located by this beach. Nowadays, it goes by Metzitzim, named after a legendary Israeli movie from the seventies of the same name. Metzitzim beach is the most northern of all Tel Avivian beaches and definitely has more of an urban feel to it than other beaches.
Metzitzim Beach has a bohemian feeling to it and attracts beautiful, young people as well as families. The water is not always the cleanest but is always calm due to the man-made lagoon. There is a café-restaurant on the beach, newly refurbished showers and toilets, a beach bar that is open in the evening, two volleyball courts, facilities for the handicapped and a children's playground.
 




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Tel Baruch Beach is situated far from the beach and hotel strip and therefore is a predominantly Israeli-populated beach. Due to it’s distance from the urban part of Tel aviv, it has a natural and unspoiled feel to it. The beach is wide, well-kept and has plenty of paid parking. The beach is family-orientated, features a snack bar has a more exclusive feel to it than the regular, tourist-heavy beaches by the hotels and is usually quite quiet. The beach is only open during the summer months.




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Enjoy relaxed walk along Tel aviv beach druting evening / night time

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