Even during the July 2005 war with Hezbollah in Jordan, the beaches were busy with sun-seekers.. Tel Aviv has miles of white sand beaches that attract tens of thousands of Europeans, especially French, in the summer. A mere war didn’t seem sufficient reason to stay away, as the photos indicate.

In the mosaic of beach-bums and sun-seekers, below the Hilton Hotel, an observant visitor can see numerous male and female couples and singles scattered among the many hetero tourists who pack the beaches here.



Daytime gay ‘action’ can happen anywhere but most notably in Independence Park, adjacent north of the Hilton. It’s Israel’s most famous cruise park (along with Jerusalem’s Independence Park) where a labyrinth of trees and shrubs offer semi privacy, adventure–and some risk. Some men have (not-unhappily) complained they got lost in there!

So well known is the park that a book entitled ‘Independence Park-The Lives of Gay Men in Israel’ was published in 1999. Said one review: "In the book, 12 diverse men representing a cross-section of Israeli gay male society (e.g., a male prostitute, a senior citizen, a Russian immigrant, an Arab, and a married man), all of whom have spent time in the parks, recount their life stories. While their tales display commonalities of experience that most gays will recognize, they also reveal Israeli society to be far more secular and tolerant than one might expect."

The last 35 images here are random street scenes of buildings and people seen on any typical day in summer in Tel Aviv. Minerva and Paradise are gay venues along the main drag of Allenby Road, not far from the main synagogue of the city.

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Bikinis laid out...
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Tel Aviv has miles of white sand beaches that attract tens o...
Tel Aviv has miles of white sand beaches.
Tel Aviv has miles of white sand beaches....
Tel Aviv has miles of white sand beaches.
Tel Aviv has miles of white sand beaches....
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Tel Aviv - high rise hotels and condo towers...
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Tel Aviv beach...
Tel Aviv - promenade along the beachfront
Tel Aviv - promenade along the beachfront...
Gay life is much more progressive in Tel Aviv than
Gay life is much more progressive in Tel Aviv than in Jerusa...
Gay life
Gay life is much more progressive in Tel Aviv than in Jerusa...
Using the beach showers
Using the beach showers...
Condo building
Condo building...
Hilton Hotel overlooking the beach in
Hilton Hotel overlooking the beach in Tel Aviv...
Hilton Hotel pool overlooking the beach
Hilton Hotel pool overlooking the beach in Tel Aviv...
View from Hilton Hotel overlooking the
View from Hilton Hotel overlooking the mixed gay/straight be...
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Israel - Tel Aviv 1...
Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv has miles of white sand beaches that attract tens o...
Strange piece of art
Strange piece of art...
Gentle waves of the Mediterranean
Gentle waves of the Mediterranean...
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Old sculptures...
Walkway along the beach
Walkway along the beach...
A man walks his dog near the beach
A man walks his dog near the beach...
A beach area is set aside
A beach area is set aside for religious people who won't mix...
Male and female couples enjoy the
Male and female couples enjoy the clean beaches and warm wat...
Male and female couples enjoy the clean beaches and warm
Male and female couples enjoy the clean beaches and warm wat...
Clean beaches and warm water
Clean beaches and warm water...
Clean beaches and warm water
Clean beaches and warm water...
Families and individuals
Families and individuals and couples enjoy the clean beaches...
Families and individuals
Families and individuals and couples enjoy the clean beaches...
Families and individuals
Families and individuals and couples enjoy the clean beaches...
Families and individuals and couples enjoy the clean beaches and
Families and individuals and couples enjoy the clean beaches...
Families and individuals and couples enjoy the clean beaches and
Families and individuals and couples enjoy the clean beaches...
Families and individuals and couples enjoy the clean beaches and
Families and individuals and couples enjoy the clean beaches...
Families and individuals and couples enjoy the clean beaches and
Families and individuals and couples enjoy the clean beaches...
Costumed models advertising a restaurant
Costumed models advertising a restaurant...
Cheach Beach is another gay-friendly beach.
Cheach Beach is another gay-friendly beach....
Modern shopping center and condos
Modern shopping center and condos...
Boys will be boys...
Boys will be boys......
Male and female individuals and couples enjoy the clean beaches
Male and female individuals and couples enjoy the clean beac...
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Waiting for a ride?...
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Trendy cafe...
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Weird statue...
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USA embassy entrance looks life a prison entrance with a hug...
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War memorial...
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War memorial...
War memorial
War memorial...
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Shuttle van...
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Going home from the beach in Tel Aviv...
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MarCafe...
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A main intersection in Tel Aviv...
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Time for a nosh in Tel Aviv...
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In Tel Aviv...
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Walking a dog in Tel Aviv...
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Streetside guitar player in Tel Aviv...
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On Rothschild Street in Tel Aviv...
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Bikers on Rothschild Street in Tel Aviv...
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Burger King on Rothschild Street...
Gay friendly cafe on Rothschild Street
Gay friendly cafe on Rothschild Street in Tel Aviv...
New construction on Rothschild Street in
New construction on Rothschild Street in Tel Aviv...
Old synagogue on Rothschild Street
Old synagogue on Rothschild Street in Tel Aviv...
Disabled group on Rothschild Street
Disabled group on Rothschild Street in Tel Aviv...
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Colonial architecture on Rothschild Street in Tel Aviv...
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Apartments on Rothschild...
Colonial architecture on Rothschild Street
Colonial architecture on Rothschild Street in Tel Aviv...
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Gay sauna in Tel Aviv...
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Bookstore in Tel Aviv...
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Gay club in Tel Aviv...
Gay club in Tel Aviv
Gay club in Tel Aviv...
Gay club in Tel Aviv
Gay club in Tel Aviv...
Gay club in Tel Aviv
Gay club in Tel Aviv...
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Pro-gay symbol...
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Tel Aviv - modern synagogue...
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Tel Aviv - modern synagogue design...
Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv has miles of white sand beaches that attract tens o...
Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv has miles of white sand beaches that attract tens o...
Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv has miles of white sand beaches that attract tens o...