The Herzliya Pituach marinais the largest in Israel, and an attraction drawing many tourists both from Israel and the rest of the world. Since it was built nearly 20 years ago, quite a few luxury residential projects have been built nearby, and the wave of building is continuing even today. The marina is an entertainment hot spot, a place where yachts owned by locals dock, and, of course, a place where one can enjoy good weather, a great atmosphere, and various events throughout the year.
History and General Background
The Herzliya Pituach marina – adjacent to the Herzliya beaches – was built in the early 90s. In 1995, it became an officially recognized international port, and since then quite a few buildings have been erected there, some of which are residential while some are recreationally oriented. The marina covers an area of 500 dunams, half of which serves as a docking area for boats and for the marina administration buildings. The other half includes public areas, shopping areas, and tourism sites. The marina holds 680 docking spaces that are equipped with electricity, phone lines, and plumbing. 580 sailing vessels – used in many different ways -regularly dock at the marina. Adjacent to the marina is a very long breakwater, measuring over a kilometer in length. Within the marina compound, one can find a range of vacation apartments – some of which have become permanent residences – restaurants, cafes, movie theaters, and the famous Arena Mall.
Characteristics of the Marina Population
There are three types of marina residents: boat owners, some of whom live on their yachts on a permanent basis; owners of vacation apartments in the marina who come every few months, mainly in the summer; and residents who live in one of the local projects, who enjoy everything the marina has to offer. Apartment prices in the marina Herzliya Pituach are considered relatively high, and marina residents are considered as belonging to the upper socioeconomic class. Residents here are generally older, with fewer young families with children. But one can also find quite a few wealthy single people who choose to live in the area.
Schools and Preschools
Families who choose to live in the marina can take advantage of the educational institutions in Herzliya Pituach and in the city of Herzliya itself. There are buses to the various schools, orderly public transportation that children can use, as well as an option of walking to school, depending on the school’s location.
Businesses, Entertainment Hotspots, and Interesting Sites
The Herzliya marina offers its residents a wide variety of services along with the bustling atmosphere that it has all year round. In the summer months, special colorful events take place at the marina, such as festivals, fairs, and street shows. The boat club at the marina serves the boat owners who dock at the site, offering them equipment and service throughout the day, as well as various kinds of apparatuses. Not far from the Herzliya Pituach marina are the outstanding Herzliya beaches, which are a tourist attraction in and of themselves, including Sharon Beach, Nof Yam Beach, Zevulun Beach, Accadia Beach, and more. Beside all of this, the marina has a selection of fine restaurants, cafes, pubs, and shops. The adjacent Arena Mall offers a plethora of stores with famous name brands from Israel and the world over, alongside lively entertainment spots.
As it is a very popular tourist attraction, the Herzliya marina attracts many who decide they are interested in enjoying on a permanent basis what it has to offer. This is also the rationale behind various construction projects in the marina itself, and behind the expansion of the residential compound to meet this demand. The marina is considered an extremely exclusive residential area, and real estate prices there are especially high. Not far from the marina, one can find quite a few well-known hotels that offer an amazing sea view, nearby beaches, restaurants, accessorized and extravagant suites, and a host of delights intended for hotel guests.