The big thing this city has to offer is its beaches. Anyone who lives here without incorporating it into their daily life pays the most expensive rent in Europe for no reason. But what beach to go to? I go to the Dolphinarium (see separate recommendation) since my surfboard is there and I have a locker at the club, etc. But there’s a whole list of other options:
Gordon and Frishman Beaches - the ideal postcard Tel Aviv beaches. Beach volleyball courts, a special area for professional “matkot” players, folk dances on Saturdays, restaurants, deck chair that you can have expensive shrimp dishes on - everything is there. Go if you’re tourists who appreciate getting spoiled - you’re on vacation! At Gordon Beach you’ll also find the legendary Gordon Pool. It’s one of the prettiest pools in the world, but expensive.
Hilton and the Dog Beach - this is the place to turn on your Grinder and watch it explode. Tel Avivian gays who’ve been working out at the gym all week come here on Friday to show off. Look for the upside down monkey statue and go from there straight to the beach.
Trumpeldor Beach - the last beach in Tel Aviv without a restaurant, which makes it much more quiet than its neighbours. Delicate girls hula hoop there and stoners try to jungle facing the beautiful sunset.
Alma Beach - between Jaffa and Tel Aviv, a long beautiful beach strip with a view to Old Jaffa with a decent restaurant called Manta Ray (tourists love it), and a good surfing spot when there are high waves. The area under the Etzel Museum is nice, and there’s always somewhat of a sexy atmosphere there for some reason.
Givat Aliyah Beach - Jaffa’s beach. Hard core. Incredibly beautiful. Unforgettable. A groomed rockery will lead you to a beach where the sand is less sandy and more rocky than in the Tel Aviv beaches, but the beauty will simply take your breath away. There’s no breakwater and there are rocks at the bottom. The visitors are a mixed bunch: Arab girls from Jaffa go into the water with their clothes on, Russian folks from Bat Yam come here to barbeque and Jewish hipsters and yuppies who live in Ajami (an Arab neighborhood near the beach, and also the name of an awesome Israeli film you must watch - see separate recommendation) are also seen around. They all wash together at this beach, with the megalomanic Peres Center for Peace watching nearby. This beach is filled with metaphors but all that aside it’s also very fun and close to Zika (see separate recommendation).
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