Caesarea Beaches and Water Activities

| October 10, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Ann Goldberg  All Rights Reserved Caesaria Aqueduct Close-Up

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Caesaria Aqueduct Close-Up

Caesarea Beaches

One of the most delightful things about the Caesarea beaches is that they are rarely crowded. It’s almost as though no one has discovered them yet. But in fact the sea around Caesarea played a very important role approximately 2,000 years ago when Herod first turned it into an international harbor.

Caesarea Israel Underwater Archeological Park

So much of the importance of Caesarea is linked to Herod’s port and the archaeological remnants in it, that the town has the only Underwater Archaeological Park in the world. Of course to visit it you need to get wet, in fact you need to don diving gear. But, don’t worry, even if you’re not a diving expert, or barely a novice, you can still visit this amazing site with a reliable instructor to accompany you. You’ll see parts of the slabs of concrete that Herod’s engineers lowered to the sea bed in a brilliant feat of engineering.

Some archaeological remains have been brought to the surface and can be seen in the museum in Sdot Yam. But unfortunately for those who like to stay dry, most of the port sunk well below the sea line, despite many attempts over the years to raise it. It remains invisible from the shore with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. In 1976, the remains were discovered here of one of the largest boats from the Roman era.

Ann Goldberg  All Rights Reserved Sailing Off Sdot Yam Beach

Ann Goldberg  All Rights Reserved
Sailing Off Sdot Yam Beach

Caesarea Port Beach

What’s a trip to a sea side port without some time at the beach? The Caesarea Port Beach is a delightful well-kept beach with all the regular beach facilities such as life-guard, first-aid station, changing rooms, lawns and rest area. From March through November there is a charge for visiting this beach and using its facilities from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. After 6 p.m. and from December through March it is free, but there is no life-guard.

Sdot Yam Beach Water Sports

Sdot Yam is Caesarea’s neighboring kibbutz which has a myriad of water sports facilities. This is the place to go if you want water action, not just a quiet day watching the surf. Here, you can go kayaking, canoeing, surfing, surfboarding, and sailing on a catamaran.

Even if you don’t want to dive, perhaps you’ll enjoy the feel of sea spray on your face. If you are over 10 years old, not pregnant, and don’t suffer from back problems, try a ride in what is probably the fastest speedboat in Israel – the Tornado. It leaves from the beach at Sdot Yam, and with two 70 horsepower engines you’ll be flying along the top of the water, up and down the coast, over the underwater archaeological park, and alongside the ancient ruins of Herod’s temples and palaces.

Ann Goldberg  All Rights Reserved Caesaria Aqueduct Beach

Ann Goldberg  All Rights Reserved
Caesaria Aqueduct Beach

Caesarea Aqueduct Beach 

This beach is one of the most photographed beaches in Israel because of the arched aqueduct which stretches along the beach and has come to be a symbol of Caesarea. Surprisingly, if you’re looking for a deserted beach to relax and sunbathe, this place is used by very few people. Tourists come to have their photographs taken against the picturesque backdrop but usually move on shortly afterwards.

This beach has no facilities (changing rooms, restrooms, kiosks or cafes) or even a lifeguard, so swimming can’t be recommended; but it is a long, delightful, sandy beach for those looking for some quiet contemplative time enjoying the waves in the peaceful sun.

Caesarea Beaches: Did You Know?  

To make the most of the kilometers of quiet, white sandy beaches, visit Caesarea beaches during the week, as on weekends the locals rediscover them and show up in droves.

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