Typical scenery on the hiking trail

Israel Best 5 Scenic Beaches

You can find a list of the “best beaches in Israel” on many websites. As you come to expect from “Israel by Foot”, our angle is different. We give you the best beaches in Israel that are also a natural gem. You will not find a Bar or Beach beds for hire. But you will find magical picnic spots and scenic beach strips, perfect for a sunset walk.

All the spots described are great destinations all year round. On the summer you have the advantage of a swimming opportunity, however from October-May you will avoid the crowds and enjoy great tranquility.

  • Dor Habonim Beach reserve – Our first choice – The most scenic beach in Israel.

  • Hof Hasharon beach reserve – The best beach for nature lovers near Tel Aviv.

  • Gador beach reserve – The best option if you are limited in time.

  • Rosh Hanikra Beach reserve – The best option up north.

  • Palmachim beach reserve – The best option down south.

  • If you plan to walk, DO NOT wear flip-flops. Wear closed sandals or walking shoes. Some of the walks are over rocky and rough terrain.
  • What is the best time of day to visit ?
    May-October: Very early in the morning or just before sunset. During the day it is very hot with almost no shade.
    November-April : Any time of day

Best beaches in Israel for Natre lovers


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Dor Habonim beach reserve – The finest coastal strip in Israel:

Location: Dor Habonim Beach Parking

Crystal clear water at Do Habonim Coast
This 4 Km strip stretches between the Habonim and Dor beaches. It is regarded as the most scenic beach area in Israel. It is also very diverse. Within this short distance you can visit magical small coves, an archaeological site, a ship wreck and the famous “Blue  cave”. Go to our Dor Hike page for full details about this amazing area and a detailed hiking map.

Additional Recommendations in the area:

  • Stroll the historic area of Zichron Yaakov. pleasant streets with a large variety of coffee shops and restaurants.
  • Lodging: Smadar Inn
  • Visit Ramat Hanadiv Park:  There are two main attractions to the park. The 1st is the memorial garden, which is a planted garden with pleasant paved boardwalks and a variety of plant and flowers. The 2nd is the Natural park, which has several attractive hiking trails. The best one takes you to the “Carmel Mountain Nose”, where there is a beautiful view on the Mediterranean sea.

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Hof Hasharon beach reserve (Gaash Beach) – The best option near Tel Aviv:

Location: Gaash Beach Parking

Limostone Cliffs overlooking the sea in Israel

This 3 Km strip between the Wingate institute and Kibbutz Gaash is characterized by a tall limestone cliff that drops to the sea leaving a narrow strip of sand, in some sections just a few meters wide. You can take the red marked foot path that start at Northwestern corner of Kibbutz Gaash and follows the top of the cliff with great non-stop sea views. Return along the stand strip near the water. Go to our Gaash Beach Hike page for a full description and a detailed hiking map.

Additional Recommendations in the area:

Gaash Beach Map


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Gador beach reserve – The best option when you are limited in time:

Location: Gador Beach Parking 

Chinese Bay Hadera Beach Israel
The “Chinese Bay”

One of the best beaches in Israel for nature lovers!! within a short strip of just one kilometer, you have it all. Two scenic coves, tall cliffs and a great view-point. From the parking spot walk down to the famous “Chinese Bay” (The bay got its strange nickname when in 1940 a group of Jewish immigrants from Europe landed on the bay following a 2 years stop-over in Shanghai.) From the bay climb up to get a great panoramic view of the Mediterranean from Tel-Gador just above the bay to the north. Picnic according to your preference near the water at the bay, or with the view on the top of the hill.

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Rosh Hanikra Beach reserve – The best option up North

Location: Rosh Hanikra Beach Parking

View south from Rosh Hanikra
Rosh Hanikra By Oriel305 [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

This is a short one kilometer coastal strip that starts at the bottom of the Rosh-Hanikra cliff. The strip is characterized by rugged wind-swept rocky surface that drops directly into the water (without any sandy strip). This is not an area for swimming. Take good walking shoes and walk on the edge of the rocks, near the water. If you want to combine it with a swim, 200 m to the south is the Betzet beach that has all the regular facilities.

Additional Recommendations in the area:

  • just above the beach you can also visit the Rosh Hanikra Grottoes. At the border of Israel and Lebanon the white cliff drops right into the sea. The sea penetrates rock with beautiful caves.
  • Near the entrance to the site there is a nice restaurant on the top of the cliff with fine sea-views.
  • “Homa Ve Migdal” (translates to “Tower and Stockade”), was a trick used by the Zionist settlers of Israel in the 1930’s. The establishment of new Jewish settlements was legally restricted by the British authorities. In this method a settlement was built overnight with a wall and a watch tower. Visit the Kibbutz Hanita Musem to learn more about this important period is Israel’s history.
  • Dinning: The Gas station  Dor Ziv Bridge
  • . It might look surprising to get a recommendation to eat in a Gas station. However, in this case you should try it. 5 minutes drive from the beach, at the gas station, you will find one next to the other 3 simple but great restaurant.
    Humus Eliyahu – A famous Israeli humus establishment.
    Pizza Bar Fornetto – High quality Pizza that will make you feel like you are in Italy.
    Tuk Tuki Cafe – Sandwich bar with tasty sandwiches and great coffee.

Rosh Hanikra Beach Map


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Palmachim beach reserve – The best option down South.

Location: Palmachim Beach Parking

Arial view of Palmachim beach
Palmachim By Yitzhak Marmelstein [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons
The best beach in Southern Israel!! A beautiful sandy strip, great  for swimming with an option for a short 2 Km round trip to the hill-top ruins of Yavneh Yam (Wikipedia)With fantastic views on the Mediterranean. You can pick the a brochure with the hiking trails map at the entrance to the Palmachim National Park (Entrance fee required).

Palmachim Beach Map