Thursday, April 11, 2013

140 beaches open today

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Yay!  Good news for beach-goers!
Swimming season officially opened today at Israel's 140 public beaches.
Lifeguards will be on duty until October 3. 


Like at this beach and promenade in Tel Aviv.
And at all the other Mediterranean beaches north and south of Tel Aviv.


In addition to the Med, there is the Dead and the Red.
The photo above was taken by my daughter in 2007 when the Dead Sea had a lot more water than it does today.
Across the sea you see the Mountains of Moab in the Kingdom of Jordan.

I have not been down to Eilat in several decades and have no pictures for you of the Red Sea.


Across the Sea of Galilee you see the Golan Heights, beyond which, Syria's civil war is raging.
Fortunately the level of the Kinneret  (Sea of Galilee)  has risen again after the heavy rains at the beginning of this winter.


This picture of a public beach in Tiberias is from three years ago, when the lake  (from which much of our drinking water comes) was dangerously low.

Let's hope for a  fun and safe season for all who venture into the water.
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(Linking to SkyWatch Friday.)
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UPDATE: See also Tourist Israel's selection of Israel's best beaches.
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21 comments:

Irina Rekhviashvili said...

So glad to see that you are deep in the middle of the spring, almost summer.

Photo Cache said...

how beautiful.

HansHB said...

Nice post for the theme!
Happy SWF to you!

Karen said...

Lovely beaches!

Robert Geiss said...

What joy !

Over here most cost an entry fee and those which are free are usually very dirty.

Jim said...

Always great news. :)

Keith W said...

Thank you so much for your photos! I really enjoyed them!

Genie Robinson said...

The beaches are so pretty. It is interesting thinking about your being touched by the Dead, Red, and Med. Seas and the Sea of Galilee. That is quite special. genie

Ann said...

Our season is ending, although the sea is still warm at this time of the year. I don't think I went to the beach once last year.

Lew said...

It's good to see the water levels back up!

Suzanne said...

The first photo says JOY to me, sheer joy!

Arija said...

Such happy pictures!

RuneE said...

Envious? Me? Yes!

Spiderdama said...

So beautiful! Great to see warming pics when snowing here today.. (True)
Happy weekend Dina

Hels said...

I think it is important, in whichever country we live in, to live near a beach. Particularly in tiny countries like Israel where you need open spaces.

Have a great summer, with lots of fresh air, sunshine and swimming.

islandwonder said...

Gorgeous beaches!

Rob Siemann said...

Excellent! Just coming back from the beach myself, enjoying a few days off before starting a new job on Monday.
About the Eilat beaches, nothing to write home about them anyway. The Kinneret beaches are definitely my favorites, closely followed by Yam HaMelakh. And maybe the one near Ein HaMifratz, south of Akko. Tel Aviv, no, too crowded

VP said...

Oh Dina, I have some nice pictures of the same spot of the second photo, but there weren't many people on the beach then...

Kay said...

It's all very pretty, but it doesn't look like there's a lot of sand. Do you have soft, comfortable sand there?

Dina said...

Kay, I'm not an expert on beaches. But I think only Tel Aviv and the Med beaches have soft pretty sand.

Hilda said...

I'm fascinated by the fact that there's an official opening of your beaches. The things I take for granted here… I do envy the fact that you have lifeguards, though.