The luminescence of the water along this stretch of coast is marred only by the town’s overflowing hotel scene. The beaches on the east side of town, near the bridge over to Rommel’s Beach, have calm, shallow water great for small kids, plus palm-frond-shaded cubicles. At any of the town beaches, expect to pay from LE10 to LE30 for a chair and umbrella.

Further away, the water is just as nice, and you can still find a few places where the developers have yet to start pouring cement. During the hot summer months it's advised that women swim in baggy clothing over their bathing suits, unless they can handle being the object of intense harassment and ogling. The exceptions are the private beaches of the top-end hotels, although even here most Egyptian women remain fully dressed and in the shade.