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11 May, 2017

Activities on Tel Aviv Beaches for Every Month of the Year

Every day of the year is a “beach day” on Tel Aviv’s beaches. No matter when you plan on visiting, you should definitely build your itinerary around when you’ll be at the beach.

 

Here’s a run-down of the activities on Tel Aviv beaches that you can do all year round…  

 

January

Winter in Israel is between November and March (but if you’re from a cold place, like Canada or New York, it will feel more like autumn). Temperatures are generally between 9°C/48°F–18°C/64°F, and the beaches are officially “closed”, simply meaning there are no lifeguards on duty (but that never stopped anyone…).

 

Typically, January is the coldest and rainiest month of the whole winter. It might not seem like beach weather, with sea temperatures ranging from 17°-19°C/63°-66°F, but you will still see people wading in the waves. And New Year’s Eve (“Sylvester” in Israel) turns the beachfront into a hot party spot! All the restaurants, resto-bars and pubs along the “Tayelet” (Promenade) will be hosting some bumpin’ “Sylvester” parties.

 

February

It can still be a bit cold for sunbathing in February (temperatures can be anywhere between 11°C/52°F–18°C/64°F), but you can comfortably hang out on the Tayelet and go for a jog, do some people watching, or read a book. 

 

But, if the weather takes a nasty turn for the worse, the Mendeli Street Hotel is the perfect safe haven, within a 2-minute walk of the beach, for you to dash back to dryness. Take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy an exquisite meal at The Mendeli Street Hotel’s Mashya restaurant. It is the perfect place to watch the rain pour down while filling your belly and feeling warm and cozy. 

 

Mashya restaurant

Source: Mashya Restaurant

March

Finally, things are starting to warm up, with temps ranging from 12°C/54°F–19°C/66°F. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to SCUBA dive, the beaches of Tel Aviv are a great place to do it. You can get certified over at Dive Tel Aviv near the Frishman and Gordon beaches. Or if you’re already certified, you can simply go on a guided dive with them. 

 

Another exciting March happening is the Purim holiday (Israel’s equivalent of Halloween), meaning you can really get your photography game on, this month! Lots of Israelis take Purim seriously and go all-out with their costumes, and the city is filled with tons of amazing Purim parties.

 

The sea water is still on the cold side, at 17°-19°C/63°-66°F, but if you’ve got a hangover from the Purim parties, dive right in – you’ll feel amazing.

 

April

Spring is in full bloom in April, and the whole country pushes the clocks forward an hour, giving you more time to enjoy Tel Aviv’s beaches. The sea water temperature is finally warming up, at 20°-21°C/68°-70°F, and outside temps are ideal, at a balmy 14°C/57°F–21°C/70°F. But it can be pretty warm in the daytime and cool in the evenings, so think like a Boy Scout: Be prepared.

 

Israel celebrates its Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut) in April, so all of Tel Aviv comes out for the big birthday celebrations. The beach is usually packed with people waiting to see the Air Show put on by the Israeli Air Force. The show lasts around 45 minutes, and you get to see a bunch of different aircrafts from the IAF fleet do crazy tricks and fly-overs.

 

tel aviv independence day

Source: Flickr

 

May

May in Tel Aviv is a-may-zing. Since it is still not too hot out yet, it is a great time to go over to the beach to fly a kite, try some windsurfing or kite surfing, and have a BBQ.

 

tel aviv kite surfing

Source: Flickr

 

The lifeguards are finally back on duty! The sea water temperatures range from 20°-21°C/68°-70°F, and outside temperatures are usually between 17°C/63°F–23°C/73°F.  

 

June

June is the month of the annual Gay Pride Parade. There are tons of parties and events during the entire week of the parade throughout the whole city, and the beaches (especially the Gay Beach) are packed with beautiful people from all over the world!  

 

March along in the Gay Pride Parade – it is an invigorating experience you will never forget. Plus, the parade ends with a HUGE dance party at Charles Clore Park, so all you have to do is hop on down to the beach for a dip if you need to cool off.

 

The sea water temps are pretty comfortable, at 25°-27°C/77°-81°F. Outside temperatures are generally between 20°C/68°F–26°C/79°F, so wear short clothes and avoid synthetic fibers that do not breath -- cotton T-shirts will be your best friends.

 

tel aviv gay parade

Source: Flickr

 

July

July might be one of the best months to head to one of the Tel Aviv beaches. It’s hot out – but not as hot as in August (see below).  Temperatures usually range between 22°C/72°F–28°C/82°F, and the sea water temps are between 25°-27°C/77°-81°F.

 

There is no shortage of beach activities to participate in: volleyball, matkot, hula hooping, soccer…pretty much whatever your heart desires. On Friday mornings, you can head over to Gordon Beach, which is just a 5-minute walk from the Mendeli Street Hotel, where people gather on the Tayelet to partake in traditional Israeli dancing!

 

August

I’m not going to sugarcoat it…August in Tel Aviv is HOT. Even some of the lampposts in Tel Aviv melt from the relentless heat! Temperatures can get up to 26°C/79°F–36°C/97°F, but with the humidity it can feel like well over 38°C/100°F. And the sea temps are the highest of the whole year -- 28°-29°C/82°-84°F.  But that just means it’s even better to hang out at the beach! Embrace the heat and splash in the waves at any of Tel Aviv’s amazing beaches. But watch out for the jellyfish. August is the season for them!

 

If you need an escape from the scorching sun, in a place with air-conditioned comfort and refreshing drinks, head over to the Mendeli Bar at the Mendeli Street Hotel, literally only a few steps from the beach.

 

In the evening, you can head over the Banana Beach Bar, where they hold free movie screenings. It is a great spot to relax, enjoy an iced cold beer, watch the sunset and feel the fine sand between your toes! If you’re in the mood for some good American food and a sports game, grab a seat at Mike’s Place. All the wait staff speak English (only), the vibe is welcoming and the people (both waiters and diners) are incredibly friendly.

 

September

Even though it is technically autumn in the rest of the world, September in Israel is still really warm. Temperatures are usually between 22°C/72°F–28°C/82°F, and the water temps in the Mediterranean range from 28°-29°C/82°-84°F.  The jellyfish are all about gone, so you can swim carefree until the sun sets (usually around 7 or 8pm).

 

School’s back in session in September, so the beaches will be a bit less packed than in the summer months (during a weekday, at least). But, depending on the Jewish calendar, the Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) holidays could be coming up, this month.

 

If you’re in Tel Aviv on Yom Kippur, and you’re not the religiously observant type, you can have one of the most surreal experiences of your life. The entire country goes quiet. No cars (except emergency vehicles) are allowed on the streets. And the roads are swarming with bicycles, skateboards, rollerbladers, and people walking. Take a leisurely walk along the beachfront and enjoy the serenity of a whole day without honking horns and bus smoke...but watch out for those bikes!

 

October

In October, the clock goes back an hour to winter time, so the days are shorter but it is still pretty warm outside. Temperatures are generally between 18°C/64°F–26°C/79°F, and sea temperatures cool down slightly to 25°-27°C/77°-81°F.

 

As it’s a little cooler, and the beaches are very popular for those who couldn’t handle the heat of the summer months. The beaches are full of people coming out to do all types of physical activities that you can do, too! Take your pick of Tai Chi, Yoga, S.U.P. (stand up paddle), Cross Fit, or exercise on the many outdoor workout stations located along the Tayelet.  You can even do Yoga on a surfboard!

 

November

The nights are finally getting a bit chillier, but the days are perfect for biking, walking, or jogging along the Tayelet or on the shores of the beaches. The outside temps range from 14°C/57°F–23°C/73°F, and the sea water temps are usually between 25°-27°C/77°-81°F.

 

As the weather is starting to change, the winds start to get stronger, making November a great month to try surfing in Tel Aviv! Head over to Hof HaGolshim (Surfer’s Beach) to rent a board at the Topsea Surfing Center and give it a go! If you’re an expert surfer, it might not be challenging enough for you, but it is a great place to learn how to surf if you’ve never done it before.

 

December

December marks the start of winter again, with temps reaching between 12°C/54°F–19°C/66°F and sea temps ranging from 17°-19°C/63°-66°F. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go down to the beach and have a good time!  If you like the mesmerizing sound of crashing waves and the misty spray of the water, you can easily set up a blanket on the sand and kick back and relax with friends, food and drinks.

 

You can also head on over to the Tel Aviv Port or to the Jaffa Port and go fishing. There are plenty of expert fisherman lined up along the beaches and on the jetties, with buckets of fish, and if you have the equipment, you can do it, too! If you ask nicely, they might even let you give it a try with their equipment – but no promises.

 

Conclusion

There’s never a dull moment on the beaches of Tel Aviv – no matter the month, season or weather. Whatever you’re into – sunbathing, sports, swimming – you can always find your place on the beach. And when you’ve had your fill of the sun, sand and waves, you’re always welcome at the Mendeli Street Hotel to get cleaned up, rest in luxury, and get your eat on!  

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