tel aviv beach 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Thinking about playing hooky and hitting the beach while the weather stays hot?
If it’s not raining yet, then the next best thing are ocean waves, right? Well,
despite the 30º temperature on the coast, the Interior Ministry told The
Jerusalem Post on Monday that there was no plan to open up more beaches and
station lifeguards at them.
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The bathing season ended at the beginning of
October and doesn’t start again until right before Pessah.
stationing lifeguards and maintaining beaches is a matter for local authorities,
some beaches remain open through the winter.
There are five open along
the Tel Aviv coastline, if you’re looking to escape the skyscrapers and the air
conditioning for a cool sea breeze and some wave jumping.
farther north, Netanya and Ashdod feature an open beach apiece. A little farther
south, Rishon Lezion has one beach open with lifeguards.
And the Tamar
region has all of its beaches, on the southwest shore of the Dead Sea, open this
winter, too. Eilat also offers open beaches.
Open beaches mean that the
municipality has stationed lifeguards for the swimming public.
year, 38 people drowned off the coast. Eighty percent of those took place off of
a beach where swimming was prohibited or when the lifeguard was not present,
according to Interior Ministry data – a clear indication of the importance of
swimming in the sometimes turbulent Mediterranean within the view of a
Israel has 189 kilometers of beaches along the Mediterranean
and the Red Seas. They are divided into three categories: Designated beaches,
closed beaches and open beaches. About 18.7 km. are designated beaches. There
are 135 km. of open beaches, 34 of which are the responsibility of the Nature
and Parks Authority, and another 20 of which are under Defense Ministry
In 2010, there were 135 designated beaches along the
Mediterranean, Red, and Dead Seas as well as at Lake Kinneret.
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