Israel Beaches

on

Over the last few weekends Kelley and I explored some new beaches in Israel. The first one was Hof HaBonim, which came highly recommended and is apparently one of Israel’s best kept secrets. The HaBonim Beach is a protected nature reserve and over the centuries has been sculpted by wind and waves creating an undulating coast line with many different coves, beaches, reefs, and even a ship wreck! The best part is that you can camp pretty much anywhere on the beach!

HaBonim-6104

HaBonim-6098
It was wall to wall tents and families on the main beaches.
HaBonim-6088
Kelley enjoying one of the many lagoons that was a perfect depth of 1 foot and a lovely temperature.
HaBonim-6025
We saw a lot of people fishing but no fish being caught.

HaBonim-6085HaBonim-5977

HaBonim-5922HaBonim-5942HaBonim-5907HaBonim-5978

HaBonim 2-5492
The shipwreck!
HaBonim 2-5519
A great place to watch the sun set!
HaBonim-6015
Our nice secluded camp!

 

The next beach was near Caesaria and it is noteworthy because a Roman aqueduct runs right along the beach creating a very unique setting. The aqueduct was built by King Herod to supply water to the Roman seaport of Caesaria from the foot of Mt Carmel, near present day Haifa. The beach runs for miles along the coast and is a lovely romantic stroll (or run). There are not many places in the world you can smoke hookah in a 2,000 year old Roman Archway.

HaBonim-6109HaBonim-6118HaBonim-6122Caesaria-4629Caesaria-4640Caesaria-4637

The third beach was not really a beach but the sea caves of Rosh HaNikra, which are right on the border with Lebanon. The caves are a whiter than white (i.e. Matt’s tan or lack thereof) chalkstone and limestone that has been sculpted by the sea over the ages to a depth of nearly 200 meters. To access the caves you take a gondola from the cliffs down to the sea.

Rosh Hynikra-6247Rosh Hynikra-6265

Once at the sea you can walk around and explore the various caves and grottos, which were very photogenic with some amazingly colorful lichen on the rocks.

Rosh Hynikra-6278Rosh Hynikra-6284Rosh Hynikra-6336Rosh Hynikra-6437Rosh Hynikra-6464Rosh Hynikra-6467Rosh Hynikra-6474Rosh Hynikra-6530Rosh Hynikra-6542

One Comment Add yours

  1. Bob says:

    Now that’s an adventure I could get into, except the gondola ride that is! Beautiful pics. Love Bob and Zack

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s