Caesarea is a magnificent small town, a national park where amazing ancient harbour ruins, beautiful beaches, and impressive modern residences sit side by side. Caesarea is originally an ancient Herodian port city located on Israel’s Mediterranean coast about halfway between Tel Aviv and Haifa. The site has recently been restored to create one of Israel’s most attractive and fascinating archaeological sites. The restored Caesarea amphitheater hosts modern-day concerts during the summer months, whilst the old port has a range of boutiques and restaurants. The new town of Caesarea is a luxurious neighborhood of villas, whose beach, the Caesarea Aqueduct Beach, is one of the best beaches in Israel.
Caesarea National Park is one of, if not the most impressive, of Israel's archaeological sites. The beautifully restored harbour was built by King Herod and is a work of engineering marvel. The site is a fascinating place to explore and the museum includes a great multimedia explanation of the history of the port.
Within the park is the Caesarea Amphitheater, also restored, which during the summer regularly hosts concerts of both local, and international acts.
Kibbutz Sdot Yam adjoins the shore and provides various watersports and other activties open to visitors, as well as housing 2 museums dedicated to the history of Caesarea, and to the memory of Anna Senesh, its most famous resident.
Caesarea also hosts the Ralli Museum, one of four museums around the world funded by the philanthropist Harry Recanti. The two architectually beautiful galleries in Caesarea focus on Latin American and Sephardic Jewish artwork. The museum is free to enter and has some fantastic pieces as well as a section dedicated to the acheological history of the old City.
Nearby is Caesarea Golf Club which is Israel’s only full-size golf course and which plays host, every four years, to the Maccabiah Games, the Jewish Olympics.
For everday needs, there are 2 shopping centres, a large gym, a skate-park and various children's playgrounds, and a pedestrian/cycle path runs the whole length of Caesarea.
A little farther afield, the sites, shops and restaurants of Zichron Yaacov, Binyanima,and the Carmel Forest are still within a 20 minute drive.