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Introduction

Aqaba Empty Beach

Aqaba Empty Beach

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Aqaba is a city in the south of Jordan, located along the Gulf of Aqaba, the northern portion of the Red Sea. It's Jordan's premier resort area and the main draw of this location are definitely its beaches and the fantastic diving and snorkeling opportunities. It's also a good base for exploring the desert at Wadi Rum or Petra, although these actually deserve more than just a day.

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Sights and Activities

  • Enjoying sunny weather and beaches
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Windsurfing
  • Aqaba Fortress
  • Daytrips to Petra or Wadi Rum.

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Weather

Aqaba has a dry semi-arid climate with generally warm/hot weather and sunny conditions. It's very hot from May to early October with temperatures during high-summer mostly between 35 and 40 °C and nights well above 20 °C. Winters are perfect, with temperatures mostly between 18 and 22 °C, sometimes warmer. Nights are generally ok, though bring a sweather for chilly conditions sometimes. Summers are dry as a bone, though winter periods see the occasional rainshower or so.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max20.5 °C22.2 °C25.7 °C30.7 °C35.1 °C38.4 °C39.4 °C39.1 °C36.4 °C32.7 °C27 °C21.8 °C
Avg Min8.9 °C10.1 °C12.9 °C17 °C20.7 °C23.6 °C25.1 °C25.3 °C23.3 °C19.9 °C14.9 °C10.3 °C
Rainfall4.9 mm5.2 mm4.6 mm3.4 mm1 mm0 mm0 mm0 mm0 mm1.8 mm3 mm7.7 mm
Rain Days21.41.50.80.500000.60.91.9

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Getting There

By Plane

King Hussein International Airport (AQJ) is located in the north of Aqaba. Royal Jordanian Airlines flies to/from Amman and Paris. Jordan Aviation has flights to/from Alexandria, Amman, Assyut, Bahrain, Damascus, Dubai, Doha and Kuwait City. Other destinations are Brussels (Jetairfly), Amsterdam (Arkefly), Cairo (Alexandria Airlines), London (Monarch Airlines) and Tel Aviv (Royal Wings Airlines).

By Car

Aqaba is easily reached by a few good paved roads from other parts of Jordan as well as from Israel.

By Bus

Companies like Alphadt, JETT and Rum Tourist Transport have buses to places north of Aqaba, including Amman.

By Boat

There are ferries between Aqaba and Nuweiba on the Sinai peninsula in Egypt. There is a daily fast ferry (90USD for First Class and 70 USD for Economy Seat) leaving at 11am from Jordan and 3pm from Egypt. It takes 1 to 2 hours travelling depending on sea conditions, but much longer in reality as a result of the time needed for everyone to clear customs and immigrations - up to 7 hours of mostly waiting. The slow ferry leaves daily as well but costs almost the same and is much less comfortable and much slower indeed. These ferries are operated by AB Maritime, do check their website for more details.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Darna Village Beach Hostel77110 Aqaba PO Box 1703Hostel84
International Arab Divers VillageAqaba South BeachHotel87
Wadi Rum CampingWadi RumCampsite-
Red Sea Dive CenterSouth Beach AqabaHOTEL-
Aqaba Adventure Divers ResortSouth Beach p.o.box 67HOTEL87
Barracuda HotelAqaba South BeachHotel-
Caravan CampingAqaba, Wadi RumCAMPSITE-
Umm Al-Nfoos CampMiddle of Wadi Rum 1 K.M from Visitors CenterCampsite-
ALQIDRA HOTELjordan aqaba al saada STRHotel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Jordan is relatively well connected to the internet compared to many other countries in the Middle East. Internet cafes are all around Jordan and range from 1- 2 JD for half an hour. Wifi is getting more and more popular in Jordan, but is not very common everywhere. In larger places, you find free wifi and some coffee places and restaurants. Hotels tend to charge for wifi, but not always, so check beforehand.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Jordan's international country code is 962. The emergency numbers include 112 and 911, you can use them both.

Most of Jordan has mobile coverage. There are three mobile operators: Zain - the first and largest mobile provider, Orange and Umniah. You can buy SIM cards at any of these providers and if you are planning to make international calls, use Umniah as they are the cheapeast. Otherwise Zain is the better choice of mostly domestic calls. Using your own SIM in Jordan can be expensive, especially for internet.

Card-based temporary numbers can be purchased at the airport or any mobile shop for JOD5. These numbers can be subsequently recharged with a prepaid card starting at only JOD1. Temporary "throw away" phones can be bought at many mobile phone shops across the country for around JOD20-30, but a Jordanian must buy the phone before possession can be transferred to you.

Post

Jordan Post runs the postal services in the country. It has fairly reliable and cheap services and international post usually takes several days up to a week or more for countries further away. Opening hours of post offices are mostly between 7:00am and 5:00pm Saturday to Thursday and 7:00am to 1:00pm on Friday, although this depends whether it's a main city or smaller villages. In summer, there might be slighty longer opening hours. For larger packages, it might work out cheaper and certainly faster to use international courier services, including DHL, FedEx, TNT or UPS for example.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 29.4971
  • Longitude: 34.9968

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