If you're entering Egypt overland from Israel and the Palestinian Territories, the scruffy border town of Taba, loomed over by the monolithic Taba Hotel and backed by barren hills, will be your first taste of Sinai. With its narrow shore lapped by the calm, azure blue waters of the Gulf of Aqaba, this coastline has been bigged-up by developers as the new Sharm El Sheikh for years, with the self-contained resort-town of Taba Heights purpose built to reel in package tourists. A combination of security worries and a heavily destructive flood in 2014 have continued to put the brakes on Taba's dreams of sun-and-fun holidaymaker hordes.
For fully resort-based holidays (for those who don't mind a lack of restaurants and other amenities outside the resort walls), Taba provides good beach-break deals. Though for sand-between-your-toes beach hut bliss, hop a bit further south to the beach camps along the Taba–Nuweiba road.