Eilat is a definite resort town. Because the borders to Jordan and Egypt are so close, security is serious business. I don't mind guards at the hotels, by the ATM's or even going through metal detectors to get into the shopping malls. They are all polite and have been nice about giving me directions. The Americana Hotel is a short walk to the beach, there are also lagoons here and lots of boats. Even the footbridge opens like a drawbridge to let the boats with masts go through. The boardwalk along the beach is loaded with tacky crap shops, bars and restaurants. I got in the hotel pool today to cool off and will get in the Red Sea tomorrow.