Think of North Beach as the grown-up, settled-down parent and South Beach as the laid-back surfer child just ready to hang loose. In safer days, Israelis used to flock across the border to Egypt's Sinai region to snorkel and chill out, and South Beach still retains a bit of that funky vibe, with more-spacious beaches displaying a unique character and a more spirited energy. South Beach is actually a much longer (almost 7 miles) stretch than its northern sibling, but a
long length of it is cannibalized by the Eilat Port (look for the gaudy gambling boats moored there) and a large refinery. Before the port sits Dekel Beach, with a shaded Bedouin tent, tanning raft, snorkeling station, and beach bar; it's great for families during the day and often hosts private parties in the evening. Past Dolphin Reef sits Almog (Coral) Beach, a relaxation haven with a full bar and restaurant, low-slung tables, and ample parking. Farther down, Aquasport Beach is a standout; local scuba divers and water-sports enthusiasts know this is the laid-back alternative to better-trodden coves, and the vibe is free-spirited and decidedly chilled-out. Chairs rent for NIS 10, and there's a scuba school suitable for all levels of skill and experience.
South Beach, Rte. 90, Eilat, Israel