Friday, February 11, 2011

Eilat, Israel's Southernmost City

I've got summer on my mind. I'm daydreaming of warm beaches, palm trees and clear water. So, I decided it's time to "take a trip" to Eilat, a renowned vacation destination that also happens to be Israel's southernmost city:

Located on the northern tip of the Red Sea, Eilat is also part of the Negev Desert and is adjacent to the Egyptian village of Taba - known for its casinos and gambling - and the Jordanian port city of Aqaba to the east - known for being the portal to Petra. Eilat is a busy port and an even busier tourist destination. The city’s beaches, nightlife and desert landscapes make it a popular destination for domestic and international tourism.



Despite being such a beautiful place, Eilat is actual not home to many Israelis. The reason is because it's primarily a resort town, packed with beautiful hotels and resorts, where tourists flock to throughout the year for a getaway, for nightlife, for the beaches and for desert activities. Moreover, because daily temperatures soar up to and over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer, you can imagine how wearing it would be to live in Eilat year-round.

Average Temperature(s) in Eilat, Israel

Perhaps the most popular tourist attraction in all of Eilat is its remarkable coral reef system, offering some of the world's best snorkeling and scuba-diving. The warm water temperatures, hovering around 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the summers, make it a perfect environment for some spectacular looking underwater life. You can choose to scuba dive, snorkel, take a glass bottom boat over the water or even swim with dolphins. If the water isn't your thing, just enjoy lazing on the beach - under an umbrella, please! It's hot out there! 



Additionally, there are a number of outdoor water activities including para-sailing, jet-skiing, and kite surfing. Eilat is a water lover's playground and definitely a place worth visiting! I can't wait until it warms up here so I can schedule an upcoming trip (summer starts early here, I think it skips spring and goes right to summer) but I might bite my tongue once the sun is in full force!



Looks like daydreaming about the sun worked out. When I started typing this post it was raining, but now the sun is shining! Jerusalem doesn't know whether to rain or shine. I think it's a sign that the seasons are changing. Time to go play outside before Shabbat arrives. Have a great weekend, everyone! :)


  1. Aaahhh Eilat looks beautiful! I need to come back and visit and since you said close by is the gateway to Petra, I double need to go!

    I often ask well traveled divers where their favorite place to dive is: and this area has come up time and time again!

  2. erin!! i was just loking up a pic of eilat and clicked on a photo that brought me to your blog!!! this is shelbi from yavneh and i can't believe the coincidence!!! find me on fb!!! i wanna catch up with you!


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