The Tzuk beach in Tel Aviv, the Tmarim beach in Acre, and Eilat's western beach along the Egyptian border are among the cleanest and best-maintained in the country, with the highest-quality public amenities, according to an Environmental Protection Ministry report summing up the summer swimming season.

The country's other top-rated beaches are the Kiryat Yam beach, north of Haifa, and the Achziv beach, farther north up the coast.

The report follows the implementation of a ministry project to rank beaches based on criteria including cleanliness, access for the disabled, sewage line infrastructure and public opinion.

The highest rating is three flags.

The beaches that received the poorest marks include the Olga beach in Hadera and the Shefayim beach between Herzliya and Netanya.

The Bograshov beach in Tel Aviv, where there has been a persistent problem with water from air conditioning equipment, also scored poorly.

Improved standing

Compared to last year, beaches in Herzliya and Netanya greatly improved their standing, particularly after beaches there were renovated following winter storm damage.

Beaches in Bat Yam also got a boost in the rankings, but still scored low.