Tel Aviv beach ranked most LGBT-friendly by 'Newsweek'

TripAdvisor rankd Tel Aviv among 25 best 2019 destinations.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai at the beach (photo credit: KFIR SIVAN)
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai at the beach
(photo credit: KFIR SIVAN)
Newsweek magazine published last week its report for the “10 Best Gay Beaches in the World,” in which Tel Aviv’s Hilton beach was crowned as most LGBT-friendly.
The magazine ranked the beaches according to “their sheer beauty, their unique character or the crowd they draw.”
The Hilton beach came before beaches in Florida, Costa Rica, California, Brazil, Australia, Spain, New York, Greece and Mexico, who completed the list.
Newsweek explained their pick, claiming that the Hilton beach is at a “walking distance from the heart of the city,” where one can meet many friendly people.
The magazine also mentioned the Pride parade that takes place in Tel Aviv every year, noting that it is sponsored by the government and pegs it as “the only sanctioned Pride parade in the Middle East.”
The city’s pride does not end there. The famous traveling website TripAdvisor also published its top 25 travel destinations for 2019, in which Tel Aviv was mentioned.
TripAdvisor described Tel Aviv as “a youthful, modern metropolis with a diverse population,” mentioning some of the city’s unique architecture, bustling nightlife and landmarks.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai responded, saying: “A lot of hard work has turned Tel Aviv into a leading international city that harvests many respectful touristic rewards. ‘The city that never stops’ incorporates innovation, spectacular beaches and unique culinary qualities, alongside liberal values and an extraordinary human-cultural mosaic, so it is no wonder that more and more people are captivated by its magic. In less than two months we will have another opportunity to prove that to thousands of tourists who will arrive in Tel Aviv to watch the Eurovision Song Contest.”