Israel Beaches

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Israel Outdoors

While Jerusalem is a land-locked city set between several mountain ridges and a large expanse of desert, there are several Israel beaches and outdoor swimming pools less than an hour away.

Israel Beaches: The Dead Sea

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Dead Sea

First on the list for a unique water experience is the Dead Sea—the lowest point on earth—situated less than 20 miles east of Jerusalem. Egged buses travel frequently from Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station to the beach and spa resorts dotted along the northern part of the Dead Sea. By car, it’s around 45 minutes to reach day resorts.

Can you swim in the Dead Sea? 

Yes, you can float, but it doesn’t taste great.  It’s advised to float in the Dead Sea no longer than 10-15 minutes and then relax in a thermo-mineral sulfur pool whose waters comes from a natural sulfur spring boasting a constant, warm 39 degrees Celsius.

Popular Israel Beaches

Try Mineral Beach at the mineral-packed Dead Sea, a sophisticated and well-run area which incorporates all the elements of a great beach day.

Beaches in Israel: Nitzanim Beach

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Nitzanim Beach

Clean dressing rooms, safe lockers, showers, and restrooms are all on tap, as is a café for drinks and ice cream. For those who can plan ahead, Mineral Beach offers a selection of spa treatments at reasonable prices.  Apart from the waters of the Dead Sea itself, visitors can slather themselves with Dead Sea black mud.  Its reputed therapeutic properties include strengthening hair roots, increasing blood flow, and the renewal of skin cells.

More Beaches in Israel

Tzuk Beach

For those who prefer to travel west from Jerusalem, hop on the highway to Tel Aviv and get off the Ayalon at the Keren Kayemet exit. Continue straight for a mile or two until you see the sea and signs for Tzuk Beach (north and south). It’s regarded as one of the best Israeli beaches and certainly a top Tel Aviv beach to visit. There’s easy parking (for a fee) and the beaches are clean and sandy with permanent shade coverings as well as chaise lounges and individual shade umbrellas for rent. Plentiful restrooms, changing areas with showers, and cafes are located at the beach. Lifeguards are posted all day during the swimming season.  The beach boasts several volleyball courts and has a nice playground.

Banana Beach

If you’re looking for a different experience, try the laid-back Banana Beach, also known as Nitzanim Beach, not far from Ashkelon in the south, also about a 90-minute drive from Jerusalem. Nitzanim is a sand dune beach, with a wide swathe of soft sand and plenty of space for everyone to spread out. Parking (for a fee) is close by and the facilities include shaded areas, restrooms, and a popular restaurant.  A bonus for those who get tired of relaxing by the waves is the nearby Nitzanim Nature Reserve, one of Israel’s last undisturbed sand dune ecologies.

Jerusalem Swimming Pools

For visitors looking to cool off in a Jerusalem pool, swimming options can be divided into the expensive hotel pools, all of which offer day rates and are open year-round, or the few outdoor public pools generally open only during the summer months.

One of the most pleasant public pools that offers a country feel is the Zippori Center located in the Jerusalem Forest not far from Holocaust Museum (Yad Vashem). With mixed as well as separate swimming hours, a kids’ pool and snack bar, the only downside to this facility is its lack of access by public transport. If you’re not renting a car, take a cab and enjoy the short ride through the forest.

Israel Beaches: Did You Know?

Israel has 80.7 miles (130 kms) of beaches along its Mediterranean coastline.

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