Last updated April 21st 2015

Playing on the beach in Tel Aviv. (Photo by Miriam Alster/flash90)Playing on the beach in Tel Aviv. (Photo by Miriam Alster/flash90)

Swim season opens today at 140 officially recognized beaches along the Mediterranean, Sea of Galilee and Red Sea. Twenty-five of Israel’s beaches will fly the international symbol of the Blue Flag, earned by upholding environmental and accessibility standards, for the 2015 beach season.

There are 96 recognized beaches on the Mediterranean Sea coast, 27 sandy strips around the Kinneret, 16 beaches at the Dead Sea and four beaches at the Red Sea.

The Ministry of Interior announced that some public beaches are allowed to charge an entrance fee but limited it to NIS 12.

The Tel Aviv Municipality announced that it will offer games of chess and checkers free-of-charge at some of its beaches. It also published a price list for beach accessories: a small bottle of water will cost NIS 7, while renting a beach chair will add NIS 6 to your day out.

Beach season remains open for six months.