North Beach Review
Although North Beach actually begins with the "religious" beach (a walled area with segregated swimming hours for men and women) and a rocky area dotted with thatch-covered tables, you'll want to start your stroll just over a small footbridge in front of the Herods Hotel, where a series of primary-colored, floor-mounted exercise structures host a bevy of fitness-minded strollers. Walking south, you'll pass several mellow beaches, including Kochav Hayam and HaZahav, before you come to Royal Beach where white-shirted attendants rent space on oversized, white-cushioned platforms. Drinks (very expensive) can be ordered from the Royal Beach Hotel just behind it. Pass the marina, where you can reserve glass-bottomed boats and other boat rides (you'll be grouped with dozens, or even hundreds, of other patrons unless you choose to reserve a private ride). Heading south, beaches with names like Tarshish, Leonardo, Rimonim, and HaPnina are filled with families and hard-core sunbathers oiling themselves for maximum exposure. These beaches are more self-service with only vendors selling popsicles and sodas; you'll have to walk a few feet behind you on the boardwalk for lunch. North Beach comes to a natural end by the Meridien Hotel, whose beach is the only private one.
- Address: Begins near Herods Hotel, Eilat
- Location: Eilat