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Egypt: Taking sanctuary in the Sinai Peninsula: Local beach round-up part III

Castle Beach is a camp on the coast between Nuwieba and Taba
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Created: Jul 22, 2010, modified: Jan 13, 2012, overall rating: 0.000

From Ras Sudr to Taba, Al-Masry Al-Youm devotes the third part of a local beach round-up on the best spots of the Sinai Peninsula.  It is located at the northern end of the Red Sea, where intrepid adventurers and lazy beachcombers alike can happily spend what remains of this summer season.

Ras Sudr

A favorite destination for wind and kite surfers.  Ras Sudr is relatively close to Cairo and the first stop after the Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel, which passes under the Suez Canal. There's not a lot of nightlife, but if water sports are what you are looking for, Ras Sudr is the place for you.

Budget: Medium to high

Hotels: Green Ras Sudr Hotel is around LE700 per night.

Beachwear: Bikinis are fine, but you'll find most guests in sportier gear  that is better suited for diving, wind surfing and kite surfing.

Places of interest: None, really; the area is very resort oriented.

How to get there: The East Delta Bus Company bus or by car.

Sharm el-Sheikh

Arguably it is the most famous resort on the Red Sea.  Sharm el-Sheikh is known not only for its beaches, partying, diving, and fun, but also for hosting major political conferences.  It is home to the Egyptian branch of Le Pacha club.  Sharm el-Sheikh is also a destination for ravers.

Medium to high

Hotels:  Naama Bay, the most populated area of Sharm el-Sheikh and the closest to town, has a shoreline of hotels from the Lido to the Pigeon House. Naama Bay's Hilton and Movenpick are very expensive. Pigeon House has been renovated and remains a more budget-friendly option. If you take a step back from the beach, the Kahramana hotel is a nice option. Except for a couple of square metres the entire beach front is reserved for hotels.  It is advisable to inquire with your hotel about beach access. Terrazzina provides an option for those staying in hotels without beaches, but there is an entrance fee and it hosts a lot of beach parties with very loud music.

Beachwear: Bathing suits and bikinis are fine and despite the best efforts of some tourists, topless tanning is not allowed.

Places of Interest: Sharm el-Sheikh is fairly close to a number of beautiful Sinai oases and Dahab's famous Blue Hole diving spot.

How to get there: Sharm has an airport with a high frequency of flights, and the East Delta Bus Company  bus should get you there in about eight hours.


As you move back up the east side of the Sinai peninsula, you will find Dahab. Ten years ago, Dahab was a relaxed gathering of camps.  Little huts were scattered on the beach with walkways made of matted down sand. A gathering of beach side restaurants served great generic food for dinner and often a joint of marijuana or hash for dessert. Things have changed. The road by the beach is now paved with cobblestones, police are everywhere and five-star hotels have replaced the huts.  Although some of the camps remain, the old Dahab is long gone.

Budget: Low to high

Hotels: Le Meridien provides a 5-star service or you can try the Mohamed Ali Camp or Penguin Resort for a taste of old Dahab.

Beachwear: Dahab still has a bit of a hippie feel to it, so you'll find bikinis and bathing suits, but nothing flashy or glamourous.

Places of Interest: Following the hippie theme,  you'll find yoga on the beach along with Reiki healing and massage. If you want to explore the area, you can have a Bedouin dinner, take a safari in the desert, or visit one of the area's many oases. St. Catherine Monastery and Mt. Sinai are also popular excursions.

How to get there: Fly into Sharm el-Sheikh and take a bus or a taxi to Dahab (taxis will be pricier, naturally). Alternatiely, you can take the East Delta Bus Company bus or drive by car to Dahab.


Nuweiba refers to both the town of Nuweiba and a large piece of coastline which stretches from the town up to Taba. Nuweiba, the town, itself is very little.  It has only a couple of restaurants and a bazaar. It's not a very pleasant place to stay. Along the coast, a number of camps have opened up and in most cases offer a relaxing experience.


Hotels: The camps along the coast range in the amenities and styles that they offer.  Basata has beautiful, unusual white sand and requires both a reservation and occasionally a connection  to the patron or owner. At Basata, you are encouraged to cook your own food and mobile phones are not allowed in the eating area. Castle Beach has no such requirements, but you should definitely negotiate the room prices and pay for your food as you order it, rather than waiting for the final bill. Check out Al-Masry Al-Youm's in-depth review of Nuweiba.

Hippie-style clothing, bathing suits, and bikinis.

Places of interest: Blue Hole for diving, St. Catherine's Monastary, Mt. Sinai, the Coloured Canyon for hiking and Ras Abu Gallum for a camel ride.  These places are all within driving distance.

How to get there: You can fly into Taba Airport and take transportation from there. It might be easiest to take the East Delta Bus Company bus or drive.


Eilat, Israel is right across the border from the city of Taba, which makes it a popular destination for Egyptians as well as for Israelis and tourists in Israel who want to see Egypt. Tourists from Israel are able to travel as far south as Dahab for two weeks without a visa. Tourism in Taba has quieted down since the bombing of the Hilton Taba six years ago, but the destination still offers some very luxurious hotels and attracts many tourists.

Budget: Medium to high

Hotels: The most popular and luxurious area is Taba Heights, which holds not only a number of resorts including; Marriot, Hilton, Sonesta, and Movenpick, but also a sand golf course. Other hotels are located right outside the Taba Heights area. Plan a hotel based trip, if you're going to Taba.

Since you're in a hotel, bathing suits and bikinis are more than acceptable.

Places of interest: Mt. Sinai and St. Catherines Monastary are accessible by car. Taba boasts great diving courses for those who want to earn their diving certification. You can also plan a day trip to Eilat.

How to get there: Fly into Taba, take the East Delta Bus Company bus or drive.

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