The coastal community of Eilat is located at the southern tip of Israel, and consists mainly of a four-mile strip of beach along the Red Sea. To say that the town is a resort community would be an understatement. Visiting Eliat means partying, water sports, desert activities, and other recreational activities attract large numbers of tourists annually, meaning that the local population is vastly outnumbered by tourists most times of the year. It’s a great place to cut loose and soak up some sun, but it isn’t a great choice for culturally inclined travelers (the exception to this being the recently opened biblical theme park, Kings City).
Apart from all the recreational activities on offer such as diving, swimming with dolphins, and hiking there are also several annual music festivals that draw huge crowds, most notably the Red Sea Music Festival, and the Red Sea Jazz Festival.
Accommodations are plentiful in the area. All-inclusive lodging options are common, but be sure to ascertain what you’re getting for your money, as the higher rate may not be worth additional cost when compared to purchasing things separately. Many hotels with beachfront access (in North Beach, the Lagoon and South/Coral Beach, etc.) are responsible for the upkeep of their respective beach areas. If there’s litter, weathered lawn furniture, and unhappy people, the chances are good that the indoor facilities aren’t very good either.
- Contributed by John Reality
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