One of Israel’s best beaches – Hof Dor (Tantura)

If you’re looking for a truly great beach in Israel and even have a couple of days spare for a romp up north, you should consider checking out Dor Beach (Hof Dor, often known as Hof Dor Tantura). Located between the Mediterranean and Mount Carmel, Dor Beach is surely a contender for one of Israel’s best beaches.

It’s not quite on the tourist route, but Dor Beach really isn’t too far off the beaten track as it’s not too much of a drive from either Tel Aviv (up to 1 hour) or Haifa (20 minutes). Dor Beach is also just off one of the main roads in Israel (Road 4, just after the turn off for Zichron Yaakov, if heading north), so really is easy to get to.

And once you’ve made that little drive, I think you’ll be glad you made it. OK, it hasn’t got all the facilities of a Tel Aviv beach, but the sea is great (when is the Med never great?), there’s an island to explore just a quick wade away, there are fishing boats bobbing in the sheltered bays, and finding a quiet spot for you and your beach towel is fairly easy, even in peak season.

The main beach itself costs a few shekels to get in, but once you’re in you have access to kilometers of coastline. Head left for a more secluded spot with windswept sandy beaches and fishing boats or head straight to the sea or to the right for a more family oriented beach complete with lifeguard.

If you’ve got an extra day or two to spare we’d highly recommend staying at the Hof Dor Holiday Village, which has a variety of reasonably priced accommodation options (18 cottages, 45 concrete igloos (see the gallery of pictures at the end of this article, they’re actually a lot bigger than they look), 10 holiday homes, 10 wood cabins and even a camping area where you can pitch your own tent). For more details, check out their website. My wife swears by the place, she was practically raised there, so what more of a hot recommendation can you ask for?!

Seriously, this is a great beach to visit in Israel, you won’t be disappointed. Just let me run through that list of attractions once more, just for you beach connoisseurs (please, stop drooling): a private, beautiful, sandy beach, palm trees, offshore island, a fishing harbor, a beautiful diving site, ancient ruins to explore, restaurants, a pub…

Below you can check out some pictures from a recent long weekender at Hof Dor.


  1. mother in israel

    August 23, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Our friends just recommended camping there. From where I live it’s not a long trip at all.

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  3. Ashley

    August 23, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Haven’t tried the camping yet, but it looks good. Probably better off-season though.

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  5. Me

    September 4, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    But it’s probably visited by Arabs. These have a knack to take to every nice place in Israel, because they now feel so at home there, being they’re getting so many rights, even more than Jews.

    I went with my family only a few years back to the Kinerret and could not find a place by the lake that wasn’t infested by them.

    • Sari

      August 24, 2012 at 6:13 am

      you’re a racist bastard. “Infested”? Even the way you say Arabs spills out with hate. You are one reason Israel is hated by many. And yes, “ARABS” feel at home, because it IS home to them before there were anything called Israel. I hope every time you go to a beach you cannot find a place anywhere close to anything and you just go back to your hide-out, the wonderful Arabs do not need people like you around them.

      • Rob Davis

        July 12, 2017 at 10:15 am

        I agree about the hate – but what you say about it being their home ‘before there was anything called Israel’ – ? Ever hear of Abraham? King David? The Temple?
        There has been a continuous Jewish presence in the land for thousands of years. Yes, many were exiled, but their descendants have come back.
        Some Arabs lived here in the interim, but they never formed a state or any kind of political entity.
        And many more Arabs came when the Jewish settlers started to build and could offer jobs.
        And then of course – we could mention the hundreds of thousands of Middle Eastern Jews who were thrown out of Arab lands and came here as refugees – probably more than the number of Arabs who left in 1948 (to wait for the Jews to be defeated) . . . .

    • David Corner

      August 28, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Ironic as Tantura used to be a Palestinian village which was depopulated by the Haganah in the 1948 zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestinians

      • Esther

        April 25, 2016 at 7:08 am

        Wa wa wa! Guess what? The Arabs ethnically cleansed Jews from many places which often included massacring them. This is the nature of war. It is wrong, it is evil, but welcome to the realities of conflict, especially in the Middle East. The idea that the Arabs are indigenous to Israel is laughable. The Arabs colonized the vast majority of the Middle East, but no one seems to have a problem with the longest lasting colonization by the Arabs.

  6. Alex E

    December 13, 2009 at 5:47 am

    I never met a bad beach. Beaches are good very good and excellent.
    Hof Dor is just the best! i HAVE BEEN GOING THERE ALMOST EVERY YR since I was a kid.
    In my next life, I will be a Life Guard there…
    Take the time, enjoy the sunraise and the sunset. Nothing like it!!

  7. Patrick

    July 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    It may be useful for people to know about kibbutz Nachsholim, where I was a volunteer in ’73/4, which is in the same location. I remember we thought it was our beach!

  8. Chip

    November 26, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    I have a question about Dor beach… Is it open to the public on Shabbat?

  9. Daniel

    July 30, 2014 at 2:26 am

    To the idiot who speaks of Israel being infested with Arabs / may I point out Israeli Arabs are:

    A. People
    B. Israeli
    C. Guaranteed equal rights in the Israeli Declaration of Independance

    Similar horrific terminology has been used against Jews too you moron ,

    • Alain Amsalem

      July 15, 2015 at 8:22 am

      I do not quite understand the meaning of this comment written in war period with Gaza, But I fear strong words not let worthy of a true Zionist Israeli respectful of values that widespread here in Israel. I deplore this comment even if this one is consecutive to those from Arab Israelis or not who are often worse and more odious against Jews
      Je ne comprends pas très bien le sens de ce commentaire écrit en période de guerre avec Gaza, mais je crains fort que ces paroles ne soient pas dignes d’un vrai israélien sioniste respectueux des valeurs qui prévalent ici en Israel. Je déplore ce commentaire même s’il est consécutif à ceux d’Arabes israéliens ou pas qui sont souvent pire et plus odieux vis à vis des juifs que celui-ci

  10. Anel Visser

    August 14, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Good day

    We are visiting your country during October 2014 and would like to make a booking for camping with tents at Hof Dor (Tantura), we are 5 people.

    Please provide us with details of the cost per night and the procedure on how to make the booking or if possible, provide me with an e-mail address where I can get all this info.


    Anel Visser
    Pretoria, South Africa

  11. ben

    October 11, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I was there today oct 11th after visiting Habonim first. Always went to Givat Olga from Petach Tikva, for trips on shabat. The Dor beach is awsome, and also not as crowded as Habonim. Very quiet. I will pass Olga from now on , Chof Dor is the place to be!

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