beckons 24 hours a day. Clean, sandy, easily accessible beaches, marinas and seaside promenade, the wide range of watersports activities, framed by the warm waters of the sea to swim and frolic in most days of the year, define one significant aspect of the city’s unique character as a fascinating and dynamic resort metropolis.
The Mediterranean shore in the Greater Tel Aviv area, stretching from upmarket Herzliya, with its modern marina, north of the city, to Rishon LeZion in the south, features kilometers galore of clean, supervised beachfront and a vortex of activity all the year round.
Complementing the loveliness of the seashore, a range of water sports is readily available, including scuba diving for both beginners and experienced divers:
lessons for neophytes and - for the more experienced - the marine life beneath Jaffa Port, where a sunken Israeli navy boat is a major attraction. Other water sports options include snorkeling, deep sea fishing, surfing, kitesurfing and water skiing, with sailing boats, kayaks and fishing and water sports equipment available for rental.
The promenade in the city itself, which extends along the Tel Aviv shoreline from the Hayarkon Estuary in the North to the entrance to Old Jaffa in the South - the stretch of beachfront along which most of the city’s major hotels are located - is always alive with strollers, joggers, vendors, musicians and mimes, and lots of fun. Restaurants and snack bars are ever-present along the promenade. The Tel Aviv Marina can berth 300 sailboats and yachts - with many more available in similar facilities in Jaffa and Herzliya.
For those preferring not to get their feet wet, may enjoy a sedate evening excursion out of Jaffa Port beckons,
complete with a few cocktails on the deck of a cruiser as you
watch the sun set into the Mediterranean Sea. Groups with
more time on their hands may decide to charter a yacht and
sail out of Tel Aviv along the coast, to the ancient picturesque
seaport of Acre in the North, for example. Winds in Israel
are particularly good in the spring and fall and in the late
afternoons during the summer months, and the Mediterranean
Sea is a sailor’s paradise.