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Eilat: Red Sea Beaches, Coral Reefs, and Desert Adventures

Updated: Jan 27

Marina Eilat

Eilat is an Israeli city located south of the country, on the border with Jordan and Egypt. It is one of Israel's most popular tourist destinations.

The city is known for its paradisiacal beaches, crystal-clear waters, and abundant marine life.

Eilat is a pleasant summer city and a destination for tourists worldwide due to its mild temperature and sun that shines throughout the year. Happy, with a beautiful hotel structure, restaurants, and many water sports options.

Eilat Beach

The Road to Eilat

Driving to Eilat from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem is an unforgettable experience!

360 km from Tel Aviv or 300 km from Jerusalem, driving along the Negev desert route has sensational stops:

  • Mitzpe Ramon, its craters caused by massive geological erosion and incredible views;

  • Sde Boker, the kibbutz where Ben Gurion settled and retired. His house was transformed into a museum and the place into a historic center;

  • Avdat National Park: Roman city founded by the Nabataeans, just like Petra

  • Along the way, wineries that defy the desert and produce wines of international quality. Some offer comfortable and cozy chalets for those who want to spend a night in absolute silence and under stunning skies.

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The Beaches of Eilat

Eilat's beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. The water is crystal clear and has a blue-green hue, which makes it inviting to a dip. The sand is white and soft.

There are several rental points for kayaks, sailboats, jet skis, surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, and much more...

Diving at Coral Beach, its reefs and warm Red Sea water, is a good experience. There is an infrastructure of sun loungers, showers, and kiosks for a snack.

The promenade is busy day and night with cafes, bars, restaurants, hotels, boutiques, and lots of fun overlooking the beautiful beach.

Marine Life

The Red Sea is one of the richest in biodiversity in the world. In Eilat, it is possible to observe a wide variety of fish, corals, turtles, and even dolphins. The city is a popular diving and snorkeling destination.

Other Attractions

In addition to beaches and marine life, Eilat offers a variety of other tourist attractions, such as:

  • Dolphin Reef, a water park where visitors can swim with dolphins;

  • The Underwater Observatory, an underwater museum where visitors can observe the marine life of the Red Sea;

  • Timna National Park, an archaeological park where you can visit ruins of mines and ancient fortresses;

  • The Eilat Science and Technology Center is an interactive museum featuring exhibits on science and technology.

How to get to Eilat

If you don't like the car option, Eilat can be reached by plane or bus. Eilat's airport, Ramon Airport, receives flights from several cities worldwide.

The city is also well-connected to Israel's main highways. The bus from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem is an economical option to get to Eilat.

Travel tips:

Eilat is a great starting point for a 1-day Petra (Jordan). Take a Tour and discover the ruins of Petra. Hire one of the local agencies. They will take care of the entire visa process for you.

Hotels in Eilat are generally old and expensive. This doesn't stop them from always being crowded! Book in advance.

Some tourists prefer to stay across the border in Aqaba, Jordan.

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