The best beach in Israel

The beaches of Israel are drooling over material. Even if you only get as far as Tel Aviv on your visit to Israel, you’ll still have plenty to get amazed at. All that sun, golden sand, cool beach bars with accompanying eye candy and oh, I almost forgot, a glistening blue-green Mediterranean just a few steps away…

Tel Aviv’s beaches are surely worth spending some time on. And don’t forget to check out the funkiest beach in Tel Aviv: just remember to bring your dancing shoes (make that flip-flops) and a darbuka (drum).

BUT… if you’re interested in finding the very best beach in Israel, even better than that sandy strip of paradise in Tel Aviv, get in your rental car or friend’s car and head up to a little known beach called Dor HaBonim. Oh yes, Hof Dor’s little sister gets our vote for the finest beach in Israel!

It might not be the easiest beach to get to, and it might not have the facilities and eye candy that you’ll get aplenty in Tel Aviv or Eilat, but this place is paradise for those of you who class yourselves as beach connoisseurs.

Chill out, sink your feet into that sand and watch the Med glisten just feet away…and be safe in the knowledge that this beach is protected property from Israel’s masses. Not many know how to get here (it is tricky and transport is a must) and the lack of facilities will probably leave many disappointed…but again, that’s all part of the charm. Just remember to bring plenty of water. Pitching a tent is probably not allowed, but I know people who’ve done it, so if you’re feeling adventurous and in need of the perfect spot to wake up in…

How to get there: Basically you’re on the same road to Hof Dor (just off Road 4, just after the turn off for Zichron Yaakov, if heading north – about 1 hour from Tel Aviv and 20 minutes south of Haifa). However, once you get to the entrance to Hof Dor, you should take a right to Nachsholim. Then follow the road round to a car park where there’s a huge old water tower, which then turns into a narrow one lane dirt road running between fish ponds. Once you reach a junction with a smallish old-style water tower in front of you (with a number 9 on it, if I recall correctly), turn left and park your car. From there it’s a quick 5 minute walk to the beach.

And there I go, off into the sunset to find myself a new beach…


  1. paul

    October 17, 2009 at 8:11 am

    By any chance you know if this beach allows dogs? u seen gos there? thx

  2. Ashley

    October 17, 2009 at 8:27 am

    The last time I was there I saw a couple of dogs, though it’s officially a nature reserve (I think) so dogs officially aren’t probably supposed to be there.

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  4. Daniel

    June 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Habonim – terrible beach. Don’t go there. Please stay away. Sea monsters are in the water. Garbage is everywhere, and the locals hate visitors! :)

  5. Daniel

    June 25, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Also, the author’s directions are completely off. I live there and I have no idea why its posted as such, unless you want to drive your Fiat into a dead end. If you are going to visit the beach, PAY the damn park fee so that the park rangers can continue to clean up after people that leave their food and plastic in the sand when they drive back to Tel Aviv.

    • Ashley

      June 25, 2012 at 11:27 am

      Actually, I was referring to a little bay just south of the main HaBonim beach. Was told it’s still part of “HaBonim” but not accessible from the main beach. So I described how to get there, rather than the main strip…

    • Charles

      May 12, 2015 at 7:50 am

      If I’ve learned anything from living in Israel, it’s that the garbage is an Israeli local problem, not a visitor problem. I don’t litter. Period. I typically bring plastic bags to pick up other people’s trash, so please, don’t discourage people.

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