The Ultimate Beach Vacation

Traveling to a new city is always fun, no matter where it is. However, there is something especially fun about traveling to a city on the water. Coastal cities and beach towns are some of our favorite destinations, not only because of the clear blue ocean views but because somehow, every activity is more relaxing when it’s by the sea. Whether we’re just going for a cup of coffee or roaming the streets, hearing the distant sound of crashing waves and feeling the salty ocean air on our lips makes the whole experience ten times better. One such beach city is none other than Tel Aviv, the Mediterranean metropolis that draws over two million tourists each year – and it’s pretty easy to see why. Here are some ways to spend a day in this hot and happy destination.

One of the most special things about Tel Aviv is its incredible location on the Mediterranean coastline. To make the most of those ocean views, enjoy the morning by strolling up and down the city’s promenade. This is the perfect place to get in your daily dose of vitamin C while taking in the sparkling blue shores and local sunbathers. Oh, and it’s also a prime people-watching spot. Whether you break out your favorite bathing suit and take a dip in the warm water or enjoy the sea views from the boardwalk, there is no wrong way to do Tel Aviv’s beach scene.

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For a tasty bite, look no further than the nearby Kerem HaTemanim neighborhood. This hip area is a favorite amongst locals for many reasons, one of them being an abundance of cool cafes. Try one of the many versions of Shakshouka, a savory Middle Eastern dish made with eggs and fresh tomatoes. For some local color, head to the Shuk HaCarmel, the city’s most famous marketplace, and stop by one of the many stalls offering Borekas, a delicious regional pastry stuffed with cheese, potato, and other flavorful fillings. Or, for a true Tel Aviv meal, enjoy a hearty, early-morning plate of Chummus, complete with fresh Pita bread for dipping.

Afterward, have fun taking in the Shuk’s colorful stalls and vendors. If you wake up early enough, you’ll be able to browse the market before it gets really crowded, and will have your pick of the fresh produce. These are just some of the ways to enjoy a day in Tel Aviv like a true local, but luckily, there is plenty more to discover!