About Erin D
Lives in San Pedro, Belize
Since Sep 2008
35-49 year old female
Full time traveler and digital nomad - visited over 60 countries on 5 continents to date. Three-time expat -- Taiwan, Netherlands, and Belize. I'm a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and I'm an annual passholder to all Disney Parks worldwide, visiting each of the international resorts 2-3 times per year. I work as a travel and food writer and blogger. I write for publications like Viator and Roam Right Travel Insurance. I am AFAR Magazine's Belize expert and authored the Official AFAR Guide to Belize. In 2013, I authored the majority of Belize's official visitor magazine, Destination Belize, and had the honor to work as the English language editor for a renowned international chef's second published cookbook.
Beaches, Bodies of Water
Churches & Cathedrals
Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
Sightseeing Tours, Boat Tours, Parasailing & Paragliding, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Safaris
Bars & Clubs
If you're a scuba diver, you'll want to make a dive trip to Ras Mohamed National Park your top priority. The crystal clear water and abundant marine life make this area of the Red Sea one of the best areas for diving. Ras Mohamed is 20km south of Sharm el Sheikh at the juncture of the Gulf of Aqaba and Gulf of Suez. The combination of the waters, each with a different salinity level, brings together a stunning array of fish and bright coral.
Located at the entrance of the Tiran Strait, Tiran Island is another key diving destination near Sharm el Sheikh. The main dive sites include four shallow reefs between Tiran and the mainland. For those non-divers with you, the inside of Laguna, which is closer to Tiran Island, is also great for snorkeling and swimming.
If you just want to relax on the beach and be close to all the action, consider spending part of your day at Na'ama Bay. It feels more Mediterranean than Egyptian, but a lot of people enjoy Na'ama as it provides the perfect recipe for sunbathing by day and partying by night. Most of the beach is hotel-owned, but there are also two smaller public beaches to explore.
Shark's Bay Beach is a great spot to spend the day at if you just want to lounge on the beach and do some snorkeling. There's a wealth of tropical fish and coral gardens near the shore that are great for snorkelers looking to explore the Red Sea, without having to book a full day tour.
If you're traveling with young ones, you might want to consider spending the day at Aqua Blue Water Park. Located in Hadaba, Aqua Blue Water Park has over 30 slides that are perfect for families traveling with children. Slides like Black Hole and Kamikaze are more for adults and older children, but kids under 12 will find a range of smaller slides just for them. Get your adrenaline fix or take a leisurely float down the lazy river.
Heavenly Cathedral is an important religious landmark in Sharm el Sheikh, and one of the largest Coptic Orthodox churches in the city. Built in the early 21st century, Heavenly Cathedral features impressive frescos and religious murals, which were hand-painted by two Egyptian artists. Recently completed in 2010, it took the artists and their teams two years to paint the elaborate bible scenes that adorn the cathedral walls.
If you're looking to do some sightseeing on your day in Sharm, you'll want to include a visit to Al Mustafa Mosque. It cost around 20 million dollars to build, and is stunning both inside and out. You can't miss the gigantic dome, striking marble facade, and the massive minarets as you approach.
If your idea of fun in Sharm is more inland adventure and adrenaline pumping, consider booking a tour that will take you out to the desert to ride quad safaris, Rhino buggies or 6-wheel Argo cats. Companies like Sinai Safari Adventures can arrange a number of interesting desert excursions, including the much sought after camel ride through the desert.
Some travelers visiting Sharm el Sheikh want to experience a traditional shisha bar, and Alexandro Cafe is considered one of the best in the city. Shisha refers to the beautiful and ornate water pipe and fruit scented tobacco Egyptians are so fond of. You'll find bars all over Sharm el Sheikh, but many feel the service and quality of flavors offered at Alexandro far outweigh the others in town.
If your day in Sharm el Sheikh includes the evening, consider a star gazer night excursion. You'll head out to the desert where you'll be treated to a traditional Bedouin camp experience, including Bedouin tea and bread. You can try the shisha pipe and learn more about Bedouin life. As the sun completely sets, your guide will discuss star gazing and you might have the opportunity to spot Saturn and Jupiter if the conditions are right.
SOHO Square is one of the premier nightlife and entertainment spots in Sharm el Sheikh. You'll find chic restaurants and cafés, live entertainment, and even an ice skating rink and bowling alley. If you are staying into the evening, SOHO Square is also home to a number of bars/lounges, and several nightclubs.