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Haifa's Beaches

The sea wraps around three sides of Haifa with intoxication blue and gold beaches. You can schedule your whole day around the sea. Begin with a morning run along the promenade at Bat Galim or on the sands of Carmel Beach. Afterwards, relax with breakfast at a cafe overlooking the sea. In the afternoon, take a dip at one of the well-tended municipal beaches, or set out for windsurfing on the smooth waters of the bay.

If scuba diving's your thing, you'll take great interest in exploring the area's underwater archaeological sites. Wind up the day with a romantic sunset, cooled by a cocktail or a slice of watermelon at one of the many restaurants along the beaches.

You can see also the city slopes from the sea they face. Boats leave the Kishon port for a cruise around the busy harbor, affording a perspective of Haifa and the Carmel no less marvelous than the view from the mountain's top.
 
 
Kiryat Haim Beach
The beach is known for the gardens situated along its boardwalk, kiosks, buffets and beachside restaurants, free parking, sheds, plaza for summer events, benches, sitting and barbeque areas.
Location: Western Kiryat Haim
Access roads: North – Truman Avenue and Kiryat Yam. East – Deganya Avenue.
Means of transportation: busses 53, 51 and 58. Also, special seasonal busses
are run by Egged.
 
  
Surfers' Beach Bat Galim
The Surfers’ Beach in Bat Galim is a unique beach in terms of wind and water components. This is the only beach in the country that faces north and provides western winds opposite the coastline, while the Carmel top descends to the sea and strengthens the winds. It is not just a mere local beach for surfers, but one of the best beaches for surfing in the Middle East, and some say in Europe.
Beach facilities: lawns for gear assembly, shading screens, surfing club and locker rooms.
Parking: next to Yotvata Restaurant and along the road.
 
 
Bat Galim Beach
The beach is known for the gardens situated along its boardwalk, beachside snack bars, free parking, benches, sitting areas and sports and play sections. The breakwater in the beach enables a relaxed swim. Due to the location of the beach in the Haifa Bay area and its breakwater, the sea is calm and suitable for swimming most days of the week.
Location: northern section of Bat Galim Neighborhood and along Pinchas Margolin Street, commencing at the Naval Base and ending at the foot of the Cable Car, where the wind surfing peer is situated.
Access: eastern entrance – from Haaliya Hashniya Street through Charles Lutz Street along the wall of the Naval Base; western entrance – from Haaliya Hashniya Street through Bat Galim Avenue. 
Means of transportation: busses 8, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 40 and 108 to the Bat Galim local bus station and a short walking distance to the beach.
 
 
Carmel Beach
The beach is known for the gardens situated along its boardwalk, beachside kiosks and restaurants, recreational areas (at the passageway and Carmel Beach Hotel), free parking south of the beach, benches, sitting areas and sports and play sections. The breakwater in the beach provides a partial protection against waves and thus enables a relaxed swim.
Location: west of Nave David Neighborhood, at the foot of the Carmel Beach Towers.
Access: southern entrance – west of the Haifa Mall intersection, through Andrei Sakharov Street, which is west of Derech Hayam intersection (through Carmel Beach, along David Elazar Street); northern entrance – (for vehicles not exceeding 2.20 meters in height) through “Maxim” Petrol Station.
Means of transportation: all busses stopping at the main road near Nave David Neighborhood or the Carmel Beach Towers, all in accordance with the timetables issued by Egged. Also, service taxis will get you as far as the pedestrian bridge on the Haifa – Tel Aviv Road, where you may cross over from Nave David Neighborhood and walk down the stairs directly to the beach.
 
 
Dado Zamir Beach
The beach is known for the gardens situated along its boardwalk, beachside restaurants and coffee shops, free parking, benches and sitting areas, dancing arena, amphitheatre for summer events, sports and play sections and a pool for toddlers.
Access: southern entrance – west of the MATAM intersection (Haifa Mall), through Andrei Sakharov Street; northern entrance – (for vehicles not exceeding 2.20 meters in height) through “Maxim” Petrol Station, west of Derech Hayam intersection (through Carmel Beach, along David Elazar Street)
Means of transportation: all busses arriving at the Carmel Beach Central Bus Station, in accordance with the timetables issued by Egged. By train – any train arriving at the Carmel Beach Train Station, named after Saul Raziel.
For handicaps: facilities for the handicapped are available at northern part of Dado Beach, adjacent to the north lifeguard station (no 1). These include reserved parking, fitted showers and bathrooms, and plenty of inclines allowing easy access to and from the beach.
 
 
Shikmona
This beach is extremely narrow, bordering on a very low coarse sand cliff that often touches the waters edge. The water line is characterized by abrasive plates of coarse sand. Both Shikmona Mound and sea below contain archeological findings. Also, opposite the shoreline, there is a maritime nature reserve.
Location: The beach extends from the tip of Bat Galim to the Meriden Hotel.
Access: the dirt road, either from Bat Galim or Maxim Restaurant, suitable for any vehicle.  
 
 
The Southern Beach
This sandy shoreline borders on small dunes from the east. Its access road and parking lots are located east of it. It borders on Dado Beach from the east and on Tirat Carmel from the south.
Location: Dado South Beach extends all the way to Tirat Carmel.
The southern coastline strip of Haifa, traditionally called “South Beach,” is unregulated and offers no lifeguard supervision.
Access: access is possible from the Carmel Beach Train Station, along the beach road.
 
 
Hof HaShaket (the serene beach)
The beach consists of a kiosk and restaurant, paid parking, shading screens, benches and sitting areas. The breakwater in the beach provides a partial protection against waves and enables a calm swim. This beach is the quietest beach in the country, with conditions resembling a “swimming pool.” The beach is situated at the Haifa Bay area, close to the harbor.
Note: Men and women have separate days for bathing. Women’s bathing days: Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Men’s bathing days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Saturday is for both men and women.
Location: behind Rambam Hospital, entrance is from Heyl Hayam Street.
Access: right turn from Heyl Hayam Street, or left turn from Haaliya Street.
Means of transportation: busses 8, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 40 and 108 to the Bat Galim local bus station and a short walking distance to the beach. Service taxis are also a good option.


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