Bohemian Beaches:Tarabin, Sinai, Egypt

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Bohemian Beaches:Tarabin, Sinai, Egypt

Just north of Nuweiba on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula is a crescent-shaped strip of cafes and guesthouses along the Red Sea called Tarabin. I had just come from Jordan by ferry and was in need of some chilled-out space to relax—even better if that place had sand and sea.


I stayed at Soft Beach, which has little bungalows close to the sand for $3 per night, calm water for wading into the sea, and a hut where meals are served any time of day.  These are not Arabs running the hospitality businesses in Tarabin, but rather the Bedouin. They have relaxed views in general, will serve beer, and have traditionally catered towards young Israelis on holiday.


When I visited back in ’07, Tarabin was nearly vacant. Since the 2004 Taba bombings, many of the small businesses on this stretch of beach have been squeezed as dry as the craggy, arid mountains that loom behind. I hope by now, Tarabin is back to life.


As an alternative to Tarabin, check out Dahab.  Although it’s been firmly on the backpacker trail for years now, Dahab is still difficult to beat for outstanding diving, snorkeling, budget accommodation, eating establishments, and basic traveler needs. 



Soft Beach at Tarabin Sinai

Soft Beach resort


Soft Beach bungalows at Tarabin Sinai

The bungalows at Soft Beach


soft beach restaurant

Soft Beach’s Restaurant seating


soft beach sinai

The beach in Tarabin


sanai sunset

The setting Sinai sun.


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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Leif says:

    Hey, I’m heading to dahab in a bit, but thinking about giving these soft beach bungalows in Tarabin a go. I really like your site by the way. I totally feel you on most everything. We should connect in the blog world.

  2. Stephen Bugno says:

    Hey Leif, Thanks for stopping by to comment. You should definitely check out Soft Beach. It’s very chilled out. I met a guy hanging out there relaxing after a year-long overland trip from South Africa–it was a very deserved rest for him. Dahab is great too, but a lot more tourists/backpackers. The snorkeling in Dahab is incredible though. Let me know your thoughts after you visit.

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