Jordan: Aqaba

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Hi! You know that feeling when you open your oven and all that hot air rushes at you at once? That pretty much encompasses what it feels like to be in Aqaba, Jordan. Situated at the base of Jordan and bordered by Saudi, Israel/Palestine, and Egypt, Aqaba is truly a cultural epicenter of grand proportions, not to mention the amount of Russian influence due to the tourism. This was my second time going and I can confidently say it is one of the more unique beach experiences I’ve had. As a native Mississippian, I associate going north for mountains and south for the beach. Imagine my confusion to see the mixture of landscapes that is Aqaba. It really is a site to behold with the breathtaking views of mountains surrounding her Red Sea.

The drive is approximately 4.5 hours from Amman, but definitely worth it. As soon as we arrived and got into our hotel rooms, it was time to begin exploring the property. We spent several hours at the beach and pool before deciding to get ready for dinner. We were able to find this really cute place that offered a good variety. They treated us very well and the food was yummy! After dinner we went back to the hotel and hung out for a while before heading downstairs to watch a belly dancer. The night ended with us sitting outside in the warm breeze. Unsurprisingly, the temp never got below 92 degrees.

After this experience, I will never complain about it being hot at the beach ever again. The sand was literally scorching. I resorted to wearing socks to try to avoid contact with my feet. Somehow, by the grace of God, I was able to escape this oven without a sunburn. I was especially thankful considering the UV index that day was like 12. Aqaba is just one of those places that has to be experienced first-hand to truly get just how warm it is. There was not a single second during our time there that we weren’t sweating. Gross, but incredibly true. And on that note, stay tuned for next week’s blog on some of my favorite places in Amman!

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