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AqabaJordan

Set on the Red Sea, this coastal resort town is one of the world’s best snorkeling destinations and an idyllic beach getaway.

Aqaba is home to brilliant blue waters and some of the best snorkeling in the world. Set on the Gulf of Aqaba, which opens up to the Red Sea, the waters are a stunning contrast to the reddish mountains on land. Spend your days snorkeling over the coral reef or engaging in more active watersports. As the sun sets, head to downtown Aqaba to taste spectacular seafood in lively restaurants.

Snorkeling in Aqaba is easy because the reef is located just off shore. Swim over the coral and you’ll quickly see why Aqaba’s reefs are so famous. Spot the thrilling array of fish that thrive in these waters. You may see parrotfish, groupers, damselfish, butterflyfish and moray eels.

While a modern crop of luxury hotels brings travelers to Aqaba for the sparkling beach, the area has been a popular destination for millennia. Aqaba is home to underground springs that have always made the area very attractive. Take the time to visit the historic sites which stand as testaments to its long heritage. Aqaba Fort, for example, acted as a hotel for travelers en route to Mecca in the 16th century.

Go on a hike through the Aqaba Bird Observatory, a man-made wetland that has become a haven to wildlife of all sorts. Many bird species stop here along their migration routes between Africa, Europe and Asia. Tour the Aqaba Archaeological Museum, which houses many seventh-century artifacts and a wealth of historical information. In the afternoon, stroll along the Corniche, a beachfront promenade lined with shops and restaurants, before heading back to the beach for sunset.

To reach Aqaba, fly into the international airport, conveniently close to the beach resorts, or arrive by the Desert Highway. After days spent in Jordanian cities and deserts, you'll find a swim in Aqaba’s turquoise waters very hard to resist.

Top hotels in Aqaba

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aqaba
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aqaba
5 out of 5
Al-hammamat Al-tunisyya Street, Aqaba
The price is £65 per night from 2 Dec to 3 Dec

Situated in the business district, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Early Islamic Ayla, Aqaba Marine Park and Port of Aqaba. Palm Beach and Sharif ...

4.2/5Excellent! (399 reviews)

"It was well organized. I did not have any trouble checking in. But some of the furniture needed repair."…"

Reviewed on 4 Sep 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aqaba
Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla Resort
Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla Resort
5 out of 5
Marina Village Ayla Oasis, Aqaba
The price is £152 per night from 2 Dec to 3 Dec

Located in Aqaba, this beachfront resort is in the historical district, 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Port of Aqaba, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Green Beach and Dolphin ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (101 reviews)

"Such a pleasant experience, the room is absolutely wonderful and the staff is very nice. It was such a joy to stay and I am already excited to do it again!"…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2020

Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla Resort
Movenpick Resort & Residences Aqaba
Movenpick Resort & Residences Aqaba
5 out of 5
King Hussein Street, P.O Box 678, Aqaba
The price is £54 per night from 19 Dec to 20 Dec

Located in Aqaba, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Early Islamic Ayla, Aqaba Marine Park and Port of Aqaba. Aqaba Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (575 reviews)

"Lawrence the front office clerk is the most professional and nicest guy ever. He made our stay with while"…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2020

Movenpick Resort & Residences Aqaba
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Aqaba

Cloud7 Residence Ayla Aqaba
Cloud7 Residence Ayla Aqaba
Ayla Aqaba, Aqaba, Aqaba Governorate
The price is £107 per night from 9 Dec to 10 Dec

Situated on the riverwalk, this spa aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Early Islamic Ayla, Port of Aqaba and Aqaba Marine Park. Aqaba Museum and The Great ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Amazing.. the best place to stay in aqaba. Great one room apartment. Visual amazing. You have all amenities you need in apartment. Great staff and service . Close to all you need. You can use thr hyatt beach for free. And you get a diacount to go to b12 which is the best beach in aqaba .. All in ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2020

Cloud7 Residence Ayla Aqaba
Tala Bay Apartment Rentals
Tala Bay Apartment Rentals
3.5 out of 5
777 South Beach Road, Aqaba
The price is £344 per night from 2 Dec to 3 Dec

Nestled on the beach, this Aqaba aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Palm Beach, Port of Aqaba and Aqaba City Center Shopping Mall. Aqaba Marine Park and Berenice ...

2/5 (1 review)

"We were very disappointed by this apartment. The pictures in the listing are not the same pictures as the apartment. The blinds were stuck shut so the salon was very dark for the first 2 days. There was no handle for the inside of the bathroom door so we had to knock to get out. The refrigerator ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2020

Tala Bay Apartment Rentals
Beachfront Movenpick Apartment With Fantastic Red Sea View, Close to Downtown
Beachfront Movenpick Apartment With Fantastic Red Sea View, Close to Downtown
King Hussein Street, 162, Aqaba, Aqaba Governorate

Located in the heart of Aqaba, this historic apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Early Islamic Ayla and within 3 miles (5 km) of Aqaba Marine Park and ...

Beachfront Movenpick Apartment With Fantastic Red Sea View, Close to Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Aqaba

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5/5 - Excellent

Joe

4 Mar 2020

Aqaba is perfectly located for sun seekers and adventurers alike (Petra and Wadi Rum) and so makes for a perfect week long break.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Dec 2019

Great diving and snorkeling - Rovers Return pub was fab for Christmas Day!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Dec 2019

We visited Petra from Aqaba in December when the crowds were diminished and the temperature was perfect

4/5 - Good

Trevor44

4 Dec 2019

A nice city with lots of shops restaurants and easy to walk around. Excellent tourist office. THE place to book trips. Lots of great cafes where you can sit and people watch or enjoy the local food. Surprisingly little hassle from locals (taxi driver

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Nov 2019

A beautiful location. Clean. I felt very safe and comfortable walking around. Very easy to navigate (we hired a car) around and the local people were lovely.

4/5 - Good

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9 Nov 2019

I think your view of Aqaba really depends on which hotel you stay at. In all honestly, there's currently little to do in Aqaba itself. As of Nov 2019, the castle and museum are closed for extensive redevelopment. It's still a good base for touring.

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History, Beaches, and the Sea: Your Guide to Aqaba, Jordan

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