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A clean, safe, and affordable hostel in Eilat, Israel.
Dorm Bed: $40.00
Eilat serves as the gateway to Israel from Egypt. It's located at the southern tip of the country and sits on the Red Sea with views of the Gulf of Aqaba. It's location in the Negev Desert along the beautiful coast make it appealing to both domestic and international vacationers.
Eilat is a resort town with many dive shops and snorkeling opportunities. The population of about 50,000 can easily be overshadowed by vacationers. With no shortage of sun, entertainment, bars, and partying, you will find both Israeli and international tourists looking for an oasis of fun and relaxation.
Although the area's coral reefs were being damaged by overuse, the removal of contraversial fish cages in 2008 has led to a slow recovery and an improvement in the quality of diving and snorkeling in the area. There are also less crowds than you will find in Sharm el-Sheikh or Dahab, Egypt.
Eilat has a hot desert climate. The summers are hot and dry and the winters are warm and dry. Temperatures in the winter can range from 52 to 73 degrees Fahrenheit and summer temperatures are usually between 79 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
The two main beach areas in Eilat are the North beach and the south beach (Coral Beach). The marine life in the area has begun improve in recent years following the removal of controversial fish cages in 2008.
One of the top sights in Eilat is the Underwater Observatory, which offers a great way to see the Red Sea without getting wet. It is also worth visiting Dolphin Reef, which is a facility that helps to rehabilitate sick and injured dolphins. Kings City in Eilat is a theme park that is designed with a bible theme. The park is divided into four sections: Journey to the Past, Cave of Illusions and Wisdome, Bible Cave, and King Solomon Falls.
The main beach area in Eilat is the two kilometer stretch of waterfront known as the North Beach area. The area is lined with fancy hotels and there's a promenade that has plenty of artist stalls, restaurants, and shopping options. It's a great place to take a walk during the evening when the activities are in full force. Another beach area, the southern beach, has more coral reef areas and is better for snorkeling. It is protected by the Israel Nature Reserve Authority, but there are many public beaches and a handful of scuba diving shops that offer trips. You do need transportation to travel to this southern beach area.
The obvious activities in Eilat are snorkeling, scuba diving, and kite surfing. Another interesting option is to take a tour into the Negev desert, which surrounds Eilat. There are many hiking trails and some very impressive scenery that are most easily visited through an organized tour.
The Red City Music Festival is held every summer and has several all night performances that feature hip-hop, rock, and trance music. This festival is held on the beach and attracts crowds. The Red Sea Jazz Festival is also held the last week in August. Musicians come from all over the world to perform here.
Food and Dining
There are countless restaurants throughout Eilat, most of which cater to tourists. Along the main promenade areas you'll find the highest concentration of restaurants, many of which are very expensive. Some of Israel's master chefs serve up delicious dishes that you won't find anywhere else. Many of the restaurants are owned by major hotel chains, and the atmosphere is trendy and stylish.
Off the promenade area you will find plenty of other restaurants which, while not cheap, are usually more reasonably priced. Falafel is probably the cheapest option, and is predictably good. There are also several restaurants that serve up international food for a reasonable price.
It's easy to walk around central Eilat but the hot summer temperatures can make the experience unpleasant. There is a bus system that can take you to the south beach and many of the city's suburbs. There are taxis available as well, and they are easy to find on most major streets. As always, insist that the driver use the meter or at least agree on a price in advance.
Crossing the Border Between Egypt and Israel
By backpackguru on Nov 2, 2011 in International Transportation
If you're crossing the border from Egypt and get held up at all, you'll likely finding yourself spending the night in Eilat, even if you didn't mean to. It's a nice city and there are some descent hotel and host options, but if you went diving or snorkeling on the Sinai Peninsula, it's not really worth it to go here. You already saw the best part of the Red Sea.
If you've traveled around the Middle East at all, you might get held up at the border, particularly if you've been to Syria, Iran, or Lebanon (among others). They really just want to make sure you're traveling with good intentions. Put on your best tourist smile and you likely won't have any problems besides an annoying delay.
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