Originally Posted by mello
I know why it is done and maybe this is a special case because this particular island may not have many beaches or this is the only one close to the tourist center. However, in the case of Tel Aviv it seems pretty lame. San Diego on the open Pacific doesn't have them so why would a Mediterranean city need those things? I'm sure waves in Tel Aviv don't get big very often.
It's not just about the size of the waves, it's about the contours off the beach, wave direction, frequency, etc. Take Hawaii - Oahu has no shortage of natural beaches, but Waikiki, for example, wouldn't exist without regular dumps of additional sand. Most of the Mediterranean coast is naturally rocky, not beaches, so it wouldn't surprise me at all if many beaches in the area are man-made (or at least man-maintained). A natural beach might also be 8 feet wide, when to be a good beach for human uses, 80 is more useful.
Great pics. Those submarines are everywhere now, haha. I always love the cactus/marine life contrast. Tropical beaches are the ideal, but there's something special about arid/desert coastlines.