Frishman Beach, Tel Aviv
The first impression when you disembark at the airport in Tel Aviv is the warm air from the Mediterranean Sea. You may not think of Tel Aviv as a beach destination, but the city has plenty of beaches to enjoy, like Frishman Beach. Enjoy an ice cream, watch volleyball and relax at some of the many bars, cafes and restaurants along Frishman Beach.
Travel Tip: Arrive early to secure free sunshades along the whole beach. Don’t worry if you sleep in as there are chaises, lounges and umbrellas for rental too! Frishman Beach is popular with the locals and a great way to enjoy the relaxing lifestyle of Tel Aviv.
Old City of Jerusalem
A vacation to Israel is not complete without a visit to the Old City of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is located 50 miles from Tel Aviv and is a perfect day trip for shorter vacations. Make sure you have a comfortable pair of sneakers as the cobblestone streets of the Old City are thousands of years old, literally! A visit to the Western Wall, Temple Mount and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are must-see sites in Jerusalem. The historical significance of the Old City is truly intriguing and a day spent here will give you an understanding why this city is sacred to Muslims, Christians and Jews. Stroll through the alleyways and winding narrow streets on your vacation to the Old City of Jerusalem, soaking up the feeling from thousands of years from when Herod the Great ruled in 19BC.
Float in the Dead Sea
You’ve come all this way to Israel and it is definitely worthwhile continuing on to visit the Dead Sea. Famous for dense concentration of salt that allows objects, particularly humans, to float effortlessly. It’s an out-of-this-world experience feeling almost perfect weightlessness. Bring your favorite book and read while floating or just enjoy the surreal feeling! Be sure not to taste the water as the hypersalinity can cause sickness and limit your swim to 10 to 15 minutes.
And yes, it has become popular to scoop up some of the mud from the Dead Sea and rub it onto your skin as an exfoliant. Our suggestion is to buy a pack from one of the sellers along the shore of the Dead Sea and paint yourself and friends before taking lots of selfies and posting them to Instagram! And if you’re looking for a fun fact to post, the Dead Sea is actually a lake linked to the River Jordan!
Cover up at holy sites
Since Israel is a very religious country, it’s advised that both women and men dress respectfully when entering holy sites. Women should wear blouses with sleeves and long pants or a skirt, while men at Jewish religious sites need to wear a kippah (yarmulke).
Israel enjoys a mild climate
Israel enjoys a mild climate year round with warm, dry summers and generally mild winters. Expect cooler weather in hilly regions like Jerusalem and Safed and heavy rainfall in the north and center of the country. In the Negev desert in the south, which accounts for 60 percent of Israel, there is almost no rain.