A Tel Aviv beach © Chris Yunker
Given the fact that the whole of the city's western edge is one long strip of gorgeous Mediterranean coastline, it's unsurprising that going to the beach is one of Tel Aviv's most popular tourist activities. The city is blessed with fine, dry and sunny weather and warm sea temperatures for most of the year. Most beaches in Tel Aviv are free, and boast decent facilities such as toilets, showers, umbrellas and deck chairs.
The coastline is divided into about ten beaches, all of which have their own appeal. The best beach for swimming in Tel Aviv is the Hilton Beach, while Gordon Beach is popular with tourists and has some good bars and cafes. Drums Beach is popular among backpackers and bohemian types (there are frequent evening drumming sessions, as the name suggests), and gay travellers will feel especially at home at Atzmout Beach. For surfers, Hilton Beach South has some renowned waves, and those who love dogs will enjoy Hilton Beach North. Givat Aliya Beach is great for kids because it is a protected bay with calm water, a shallow ocean pool and a children's playground. For those who prefer a quieter, less crowded beach, Trumpeldor is a good option but be aware that this beach doesn't have lifeguards or much in the way of facilities.