Eilat: Some Like It Hot
(...and some don't)

Eilat or Elat - same thing - is mostly about fun in the sun.

It is hot. Very hot. And dry too.

But once you get used to the heat, which should take about half a day, the resort city is as good as any Caribbean island (or better). Hands down the city has the B-E-S-T resorts in Israel. There are many hotels, restaurants, developed beaches with plenty of scuba and skin diving, an amazing coral reserve and much more.

The Israelis tend to come during the summer. And in the winter a lot of Europeans arrive.

The hotels and beach in EilatThe hotels and beach in Eilat

As you can see on the map below, the city is located at the most southern point of Israel.

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Eilat has some of the best diving spots in the world!!! Even if you are not into diving or scuba – like me for example – I still think it is a very good idea to check out the coral reserve.

The coral reef beachThe coral reef beach. Picture by Or Hiltch.

The amazing and colorful variety of fish and other marine life is truly unique to say the least. Try snorkeling to begin with if you've never done scuba before.

Check out this short video about the city:

Another great option is to visit the underwater observatory. You will see the same amazing marine life without getting wet. There are also glass bottom boats and other boats that travel around the bay. Inquire at your hotel for more information.

Colorful fish at the Eilat coral reserveColorful fish at the coral reserve

If you want to try wind surfing, Elat is considered the easiest place in the world for beginners to start. You can also enjoy water skiing, parachutes and a bunch of other water activities.

North of the city you can find the Arava desert – take a camel trek with the local Bedouin (those are members of nomadic tribes of Arabs), or a 4x4 off road tour with a local company.

Timna Park is a great half day trip outside Eilat. you can find some very unique geological formations there.

And finally, if you just want to relax after running all over Israel, take a sun bed, lay back and get the greatest tan for free!!!

Please also check out my Hotels in Eilat page

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